Walking Through History

Battle in the Glens

Series 1 - Episode 4 Battle in the Glens



What’s been nice about this series is that you can enjoy it on two levels: if you’re a history buff, there are plenty of facts and stories, while if you’re a rambler, there’s lovely scenery and inspiring routes.

In this episode Tony Robinson tackles the harsh climate and dramatic landscape of the west Highlands to chart the equally harsh and dramatic history of the 1719 Jacobite rebellion.

He’s aiming for Glen Shiel where the royalists defeated the rebels at what could be described as Britain’s most scenic battlefield. In conclusion he wonders whether, with so many Scots wanting independence, the Jacobite spirit isn’t still with us.


Tony Robinson goes on a four-day trek through the Kintail region of the north-western Highlands, examining the story of the Jacobite uprisings of the early 1700s along the way. He starts by visiting Iron Age dwellings in Shiel Bridge, and heads to the rebuilt castle on Eilean Donan, the original of which was destroyed after invading Spanish troops landed there and were attacked by British warships. Tony ends in Glen Shiel, the site of a climactic battle in 1719 where royalist troops defeated the rebels.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Tony Robinson
Director David Johnson
Executive Producer Philip Clarke
Executive Producer Simon Raikes
Series Producer David Johnson