Falls of Foyers

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Falls of Foyers
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Falls of Foyers
Falls of Foyers is located in Scotland
Falls of Foyers
LocationScotland Loch Ness, Highland, Scotland
Coordinates57°14′55″N 4°29′34″W / 57.24862°N 4.49269°W / 57.24862; -4.49269Coordinates: 57°14′55″N 4°29′34″W / 57.24862°N 4.49269°W / 57.24862; -4.49269
Total height62 m

The Fall of Foyers (Scottish Gaelic: Eas na Smùide, meaning the smoking falls) is a waterfall on the River Foyers, which feeds Loch Ness, in Highland, Scotland, United Kingdom.

The waterfall has "a fine cascade",[1] having a fall of 165 feet. It is located on the lower portion of the River Foyers at grid reference NH497203. The river enters Loch Ness on the East side, North-East of Fort Augustus.

This waterfall influenced Robert Addams to write a paper in 1834 about the motion aftereffect.[2]

The flow over the falls has been much reduced since 1895 when North British Aluminium Company built an aluminium smelting plant on the shore of Loch Ness which was powered by electricity generated by the river. Artist Mary Rose Hill Burton, who was active in the unsuccessful resistance against the smelting plant, made many drawings and paintings of the falls before the plant was built, to capture the landscape before it was lost.[1][2]

The plant shut in 1967 and in 1975 the site became part of the Foyers Pumped Storage Power Station on the banks of Loch Ness, the 300 MegaWatt pumped-storage hydroelectricity system uses Loch Mhòr as the upper reservoir.[3]


  1. ^ This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainWood, James, ed. (1907). "article name needed". The Nuttall Encyclopædia. London and New York: Frederick Warne.
  2. ^ MAE Waterfalls
  1. ^ Janice Helland, "Artistic Advocate: Mary Rose Hill Burton and the Falls of Foyers," Scottish Economic and Social History 17(November 1997): 127-147.
  2. ^ James Britten, "The Falls of Foyers," Nature Notes: The Selborne Society's Magazine 6(69)(September 1895): p. 162.
  3. ^ http://sse.com/whatwedo/ourprojectsandassets/renewables/foyers/