Sma' Glen

Sma' Glen
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Sma' Glen

A picturesque glen in central Perthshire through which flows the water of the River Almond, the Sma' Glen lies 5 miles (8 km) north of Crieff to the west of Glenalmond. Only 4 miles (6.5 km) in length, it was once part of a major routeway linking Strath Earn to Strath Tay. The glen was of strategic importance to the Romans who built a fort and watch-tower at Fendoch and in the 18th century General Wade built a military road through the Sma' Glen. Bones found beneath Ossian's Stone, a large stone removed to its present site by Wade's road-builders, were thought to be those of the legendary hero Ossian.

The Sma' Glen featured in a scene in the 1981 film Chariots of Fire, where athlete Eric Liddell is seen competing in a race in a Highland Games and presenting the prizes.

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