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main image Upper Falls of Moness, Aberfeldy, Perthshire
This 19th century engraving shows the scenic Falls of Moness. A prevailing taste for Romanticism and Queen Victoria's discovery of the Highlands, in the 1840s, combined to bring such highland scenery into favour.

An additional factor was the radical improvement in transport over the course of the 19th century. Steam railways and both coastal and inland steam navigation opened up the Highlands and Islands to a large audience.

The Falls of Moness had a lot going for them: not too far into the wild Highlands and accessible by railway. They featured in a grand tour which included a steamer trip along Loch Tay and a setting already celebrated in song, in the Birks of Aberfeldy.

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