Gairlochy

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Gairlochy
Gairlochy is located in Lochaber
Gairlochy
Gairlochy
Gairlochy shown within the Lochaber area
Population 100 
Language English, Scottish Gaelic
OS grid reference NN1752084268
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Fort William
Postcode district PH34 4
Dialling code 01397 712
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament
  • Ross, Skye and Lochaber
Scottish Parliament
  • Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber
List of places
UK
Scotland
56°55′N 5°00′W / 56.92°N 5°W / 56.92; -5Coordinates: 56°55′N 5°00′W / 56.92°N 5°W / 56.92; -5

Gairlochy (Scottish Gaelic: Geàrr Lòchaidh) is a clachan, or hamlet, of population approx. 100.[1] It lies on the southern shores of Loch Lochy, a large freshwater loch in the district of Lochaber in the North West Highlands of Scotland. Gairlochy is surrounded by several other small crofting settlements, the largest of which is Achnacarry. Also close by is Highbridge, the site of the first skirmish of the 1745 Jacobite uprising.

Between 1803 and 1822, the Caledonian Canal was built, passing through Gairlochy, over the original site of the River Lochy. Two locks were built for access onto Lochy Lochy, but only one, the Upper Lock, is still in use.

Completed in 1896, the Invergarry and Fort Augustus Railway passed through the clachan, with a small island-platform station, called Gairlochy Station,[2] in nearby Mucomir, the current site of a caravan park and hydro-electric power station.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gazetteer for Scotland". Scottish-places.info. 2003-09-18. Retrieved 2010-06-26. 
  2. ^ "Invergarry and Fort Augustus Railway". www.railbrit.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-06-26. 

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