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|Description ||Also known as Well of the Seven Heads, it is easy to find by the roadside on the A82 soon after Loch Oich becomes evident on your right (when heading north). A general store, called the Seven Heads Store is on your left.|
Immediately opposite is a curious needle like monument that bears a sculpture of a hand holding a large dagger and seven severed heads by their scalps. Steps and a path lead down to a tunnel (a torch helps) back under the monument. The tunnel leads to a spring which also uses the tunnel to drain away into the genteel waters of Loch Oich.
The monument was erected in 1812 to mark an event from a much earlier date. In 1663, the 13th chief of the MacDonalds and his brother were murdered by seven assailants. Two years later the seven were located, killed and decapitated by Ian Lom (better known as Bald John). On his way to Glengarry Castle to present the heads to the chief of clan MacDonald, Lom stopped at this spring to wash the heads in order to make them more presentable.
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