Lochaber is a sparsely-populated area, remote but romantic, centred on Fort William. It contains no mediaeval burgh, no
major monastic site, and for its size, not even many castles. However, it does include the highest mountain in Great
Britain (Ben Nevis, 4406 ft, the deepest lake in Western Europe (Loch Morar) and the most westerly point of the British
mainland (Ardnamurchan Point). Daniel Defoe described it as a ‘mountainous barren and frightful country . . . full of
hideous desert mountains and unpassable’. Much of the land surface is mountain or bog, and its coastline is indented by
long sea lochs, while the interior contains some very large fresh water lochs, the longest of which are Loch Shiel, at 17 ½
miles, and Loch Arkaig at 12 miles.