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Abriachan is located in Inverness area
Abriachan shown within the Inverness area
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57°23′05″N 4°24′04″W / 57.3847°N 4.4012°W / 57.3847; -4.4012Coordinates: 57°23′05″N 4°24′04″W / 57.3847°N 4.4012°W / 57.3847; -4.4012

Abriachan (/əˈbrəxən/; Gaelic: Obar Itheachan), is a village in the Highland council area of Scotland. It is situated high above the western shore of Loch Ness, 15 km to the south-west of the city of Inverness. The village has a population of approximately 120. There are no schools in Abriachan, so children travel by bus into Inverness or to Dochgarroch for their education.

At the bottom of the Abriachan hill, where the Kilianan stream meets Loch Ness, is Abriachan Garden Nursery, with a woodland walk and plant selling area.

Post office[edit]

Abriachan post office opened on 25 July 1882,[1] and for many years from the early 1960s was run by Katharine Stewart and her family. An account of life in the Highlands, and of its postal services, was published in 1997.[2] The post office closed on 8 April 2008.

Abriachan Forest[edit]

Abriachan Forest is an upland area of conifer forest and open hillside, covering 536 hectares, It was owned by the Forestry Commission until 1998, when it was sold to Abriachan Forest Trust for £152,000.[3] Abriachan Forest Trust is a community group formed to buy and manage the forest, and they are working to encourage recreational and educational use of the forest. They have developed a number of paths and mountain bike trails around the area, including the Great Glen Way long-distance path passing through.

Notable residents[edit]

  • John Somerville, accordion player with Croft No. Five and Box Club
  • John Barr, international shinty player
  • Gregor Borland, Internationally acclaimed Scottish Fiddle player. Also part of folk trio [Other Roads]. Currently resides in Spain
  • Terry Butcher, (Football manager) English International captain, captain of Ipswich and Rangers, Manager of Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mackay, James A. (1989) Scottish Post Offices, p. 28, Dumfries: published by the author, ISBN 0-906440-48-3
  2. ^ Stewart, Katharine (1997) The Post in the Hills, 161 pp. Edinburgh: The Mercat Press, ISBN 1-873644-74-4
  3. ^ Matheson, Christine. "Case Study Four: Abriachan Forest Trust". Social Land Ownership. Caledonia Centre for Social Development. Archived from the original on 31 August 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2012.

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