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Scottish Gaelic: Foithir
Foyers is located in Inverness area
 Foyers shown within the Inverness area
Population 276 [1] (1971)
OS grid reference NH496209
Council area Highland
Lieutenancy area Inverness
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Scottish Parliament Highlands and Islands
Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch
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Coordinates: 57°15′14″N 4°29′41″W / 57.2539°N 4.4947°W / 57.2539; -4.4947

Foyers (Scottish Gaelic: Foithir, meaning "shelving slope")[2] is a village in the Highland local government council area of Scotland, lying on the east shore of Loch Ness. The village is situated on the B852, part of the Military Road built by General George Wade, 10 miles (16 km) northeast of Fort Augustus.

River Foyers

Foyers is also the name of the river which runs nearby into the Loch, which has two waterfalls, one of 27 metres (89 ft) and the other 9 metres (30 ft), known as the Falls of Foyers.

Since the late 19th century, water courses near Foyers have been harnessed to provide hydroelectricity. British Aluminium Company built their first hydro-powered aluminium smelter at Foyers in 1896 - the first in the UK - and it operated until 1967, powered by water captured in Loch Mhòr. The power station element of the plant was then purchased by Scotland's Hydro Board and redeveloped as a pumped storage facility using a 5MW turbine. Subsequently, a new power station, with additional capacity of 300MW, was added, becoming fully operational in 1975.[3]

Foyers is the location of Boleskine House, two miles east of the main town, which was the home of author and occultist Aleister Crowley. The house was once owned by guitarist and Crowley collector Jimmy Page.


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