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Caledonian Canal, Corpach Basin

Canal Basin (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Caledonian Canal, Corpach Basin

Classification Canal Basin (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Corpach Canal Basin

Canmore ID 194200

Site Number NN07NE 9.06

NGR NN 09710 76650

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Kilmallie
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Lochaber
  • Former County Inverness-shire

Archaeology Notes

NN07NE 9.06 09710 76650

Location formerly entered as NN 0971 7665.

ARCHITECT: John Simpson.

(Undated) information in NMRS.

The original plan (1805) for the basin was that it was to be cut out of the rock at Corpach and should hold 10 feet of water. Modifications to the design were made in 1811, as it was so expensive and slow to excavate. It was to be 250 yards long and 100 yards wide. From 1819 the loading and unloading of cargoes from vessels of 100 tons burden was carried out in the basin. In 1964-5 the basin was altered in order to take vessels 203 feet in length and 35 feet in width and having a burden of up to 1,000 tons.

J Lindsay 1968.

As the navvies working on the basin had to undertake their labours by hand their slow progress in cutting it out of solid rock limited its size. The pair of locks (NN07NE 9.04) at the W end of the basin raise the level of the canal as it heads E.

G Hutton 1992.

This basin is clearly visible on the 1st edition of the OS 6-inch map (Argyllshire 1875, sheet vi), on the 2nd edition of the OS 6-inch map (Inverness-shire 1904, sheet cl), on the current edition of the OS 1:10000 map (1975) and on the OS Basic Scale raster map (ND). It is linked to the entrance of the canal by the sea-lock (NN07NE 9.02).

There appears to have been a boundary change in this area, as the feature is shown on an Argyllshire sheet in the 1st edition, but on an Inverness-shire sheet subsequently.

Information from RCAHMS (MD), 23 August 2001.

The location assigned to this record is essentially arbitrary. This ill-defined basin is not noted as such on the current OS (GIS) AIB.

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 10 May 2006.


Field Visit (16 October 2013 - 16 October 2013)

Corpach Basin. NN07NE 9.06

This basin is aligned roughly E-W and is c200m in length by 50m in width. On the north bank a stone quay extends for the whole length; it has a landing stage and a large car park. The south side of the basin is retained by a substantial grassy raised embankment which is stone pitched at water level. The embankment is 2m in height and c12m in width and has a footpath and a number of bollards along its length; on its south, seaward side a short stretch of masonry, 1m height x 2m length, part of a building marked on FES, is seen at GR NN 9724 76607. To the west evidence of a retaining wall is seen.

Information from Scottish Canals Recording Project (MM), 2013


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