GLASSALT SHIEL, LOCH MUICK. Loch Muick is a sheet of water about 2 miles in length, on the edge of the royal domain surrounding Balmoral. The scenery around is very beautiful, but tourists have often been obstructed by restrictions enforced to ensure royal privacy. On the north side of the loch, the distant shore in our view, is the Glassalt Shiel, built by Queen Victoria in 1868, as a cottage residence, and pathetically remarked upon by her as the first house built by her when a widow, and not hallowed by her Consort's memory. The Glassalt (" grey stream ") is a mountain torrent rising 3,450 feet high on Lochnagar, and possesses a fall which Her Majesty describes as " equal to those of the Bruar at Blair," and 150 feet in height. The Shiel is built at the mouth of the stream, where it falls into the loch.
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