As the place where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised the Jacobite Standard and rallied his clansmen in his battle for the British throne and, more recently,
As a location in the second and third Harry Potter films, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
The viaduct that featured so strongly in the films, was built by Robert 'Concrete Bob' McAlpine in 1901. It was one of the first structures in the world to use what was, at that time, a newly re-discovered building material, Mass Concrete.
Two bungalows on the Isle of Wight have the honour of being the first such use, and the Sway Tower in the New Forest is the first large structure. The Romans, of course, made extensive use of Mass Concrete, the Pantheon being one of the finest examples.
Jacobite Steam Train
Times, Prices and info on the Harry Potter connection https://westcoastrailways.co.uk/jacobite/steam-train-trip
The Glenfinnan Monument, designed by James Gillespie Graham, was built in 1815, seventy years after the 1745 uprising, by Alexander MacDonald of Glenaladale in memory of all the clansmen who had fought for the cause.
It is not on the actual spot where the standard was raised, which is believed to be on the high ground to the west of the tower behind the old Church Manse.
The tower is now in the custody of the National Trust for Scotland who have an interesting little Visitor Centre telling the Prince's story (see the NTS site for opening times). There are fine views from the top of the tower.
Superbly situated overlooking Loch Shiel, St Mary and St Finnan's Catholic Church is worth visiting for the views alone.
If was built in 1870-73 to a design by Edward Welby Pugin at the sole expense of the priest, the Rev. Donald MacDonald, brother of the Laird of Glenaladale, on whose land Glenfinnan lay.
Since then the parishioners have struggled to maintain the building. It was in a very sorry state and closed to the public at the time of my visit.
In 2013, a new fund raising initiative was started which will hopefully see this little church preserved for future generations.