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Loch Cluanie, Dam

Dam (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Loch Cluanie, Dam

Classification Dam (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Great Glen Hydroelectric Scheme

Canmore ID 190048

Site Number NH10NE 5

NGR NH 18465 09808

NGR Description Centred

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Urquhart And Glenmoriston
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Inverness
  • Former County Inverness-shire

Archaeology Notes

NH10NE 5 1845 0979

This dam spreads over onto OS 10,000 map sheet NH11SE

Information from RCAHMS (DHR), July 2001.


Field Visit (2010)

Loch Cluanie Dam is the main catchment and storage dam for the Northern section of the Great Glen scheme with water fed from a number of catchments and also fed in by tunnel from Loch Loyne (see separate item) which lies to the south. Cluanie Dam is at the top of a cascade with water passing through Ceannacroc, Livishie and Glenmorriston power stations (see separate items). The dam is rubble fill with a concrete panel fascia and oversailing vehicular access deck above fixed spillway to the centre. Tunnel gatehouse towers are located to both ends of the dam controlling flow in from Loch Loyne and flow out to Ceannacroc. A small valvehouse to the centre of the downstream face houses the compensation set and the controls for the large spiral dispersal valve. Cluanie Dam is of relatively standard design and construction. It is prominently sited adjacent to the A87 road to Kyle of Lochalsh and Skye forming a local landmark. PL Payne, 5; E Wood, 2002, 38; J Miller, 2002.


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