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Civil Engineering heritage: Scotland - Highlands and Islands

Date 2007

Event ID 934244

Category Descriptive Accounts

Type Publication Account


Morar Dam, Inverness-shire

(Institute Civil Engineers Historic Engineering Works no. HEW 2539)

A small dam, built by the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board in 1948. The power station is built in a cavern excavated in a knoll beside the Falls of Morar. Little more than a doorway and a retaining wall is visible. The

scheme initially raised the level of Loch Morar by only 3 ft, but owing to the falls, the operating head for the Kaplan turbines is 16 ft. There is an automatically operated drum gate on the dam spillway. A fish pass [approx. NM6829 9226] enables sea trout and salmon to surmount the dam. The capacity of the scheme is 750 kW, the smallest of the Board’s first three projects.

R Paxton and J Shipway, 2007.

Reproduced from 'Civil Engineering heritage: Scotland - Highlands and Islands' with kind permission from Thomas Telford Publishers.

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