Definition of glen in English:



  • A narrow valley, especially in Scotland or Ireland.

    • ‘Because of the Scottish terrain, the glens are simply stuffed with falls pools in varying states of scenic splendour.’
    • ‘For complexity of form and for the splendour of its corries and glens, this hill has few equals in the central Highlands.’
    • ‘As well as streams of south-west England and mainland Europe, the young salmon belong to rivers and glens that drain the western Highlands.’
    • ‘In your mind's eye, can't you see the rocky peaks of the high mountains, the deep glens, the tumbling rivers?’
    • ‘Temperatures in the glens of Scotland will be getting up to the high teens and early 20s next week which is very good for the time of the year.’
    • ‘Their victory is visible in the houses and crofts that still spread across the hills of the glen and the dale.’
    • ‘And you can see why, because the tiny island has the lot - mountains, rugged coastline, beaches, open moorland and wooded glens.’
    • ‘The Slieve Blooms full of hidden glens and valleys and lakes and have a certain magic that draws not only the tourists but also the locals back again and again.’
    • ‘The narrow glens and rolling hills are nowhere near as popular as other areas of Scotland, so even on a summer's day you can almost be assured of some true peace and quiet.’
    • ‘And is it not ironic that these lands were so heavily settled by the very people cleared from the Highland glens?’
    • ‘The house is surrounded by about 20 acres of grounds, including lawns, an old walled garden, a paddock and a wooded glen full of wildlife.’
    • ‘The remote glens of Scotland are the hiding places of those who seek some tranquillity and privacy.’
    • ‘The name comes from a glen on the isle of Rum in the Inner Hebrides and it was here they spent a formative period performing for wild dances.’
    • ‘This week she will travel to the Isle of Arran, then to Argyll and finally the glens of Strathspey in a bid to unravel the mystery.’
    • ‘It is not the reality of a tigerish emerald economy or Ireland's high-tech silicon glens.’
    • ‘On this moderate-to-strenuous trip, we'll walk the pastoral lowland glens along the banks of exquisite Loch Lomond to the great Scottish Highlands.’
    • ‘The choice of venue - Glasgow, the road junction for Gaelic immigration from the Highlands of Scotland and the glens of Ireland - is also significant.’
    • ‘By following glens and loch shores between the hills, it is possible to construct any number of walking routes, from afternoon rambles to week-long marathons.’
    • ‘There are at least 12 million Americans, she says, who claim to be descended from the former inhabitants of our straths and glens and slums.’
    • ‘It's got all the right elements - a mountain core of undoubted international conservation value, in a superb setting of upland glens and rural communities.’


Late Middle English: from Scottish Gaelic and Irish gleann (earlier glenn).