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Bog north of Abhainn Rath
Kilmonivaig is located in Lochaber
Location within the Lochaber area
OS grid referenceNN174829
Council area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSpean Bridge
Postcode districtPH34 4
Dialling code01397
EU ParliamentScotland
UK Parliament
List of places
56°54′06″N 4°59′59″W / 56.90166°N 4.99984°W / 56.90166; -4.99984Coordinates: 56°54′06″N 4°59′59″W / 56.90166°N 4.99984°W / 56.90166; -4.99984

Kilmonivaig (Scottish Gaelic: Cill Mo Naomhaig) is a small village, situated close to the southeast end of Loch Lochy in Spean Bridge, Inverness-shire, Scottish Highlands and is in the Scottish council area of Highland.

Fort William lies approximately 15 miles southwest of Kilmonivaig.

Parish of Kilmonivaig[edit]

Kilmonivaig is also the name of the large parish which has its Church of Scotland parish church one kilometer from the bridge at Spean Bridge on the north side of the river. KIlmonivaig was one of the two constituent parishes which traditionally made up Lochaber.[1][2]

A memorial to the Commandos, who trained at nearby Achnacarry, is situated on a vantage point above Spean Bridge looking out over Kilmonivaig. The work of sculptor Scott Sutherland, it was cast by H.H. Martyn of Cheltenham and unveiled by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother on 27th September 1952.[3]

Monument to the Commandos who marched past this site on their way to train at Achnacarry during the Second World War

Bridges of Kilmonivaig Parish[edit]

The villages of Roy Bridge and Spean Bridge both boast bridges designed by Thomas Telford between 1817 and 1819 and subsequently widened. Just downstream of Spean Bridge is the remains of High Bridge completed by General Wade in 1836 at a cost of £1,087.[4]

Wade's HIgh Bridge as it was in the late 19th century

Royal Heritage and battles[edit]

Kilmonivaig was once the territory of Bancho thane of Lochaber and an ancestor of the House of Stuart.[5] The thane was suppose to occupy either Inverlochy Castle. The castle was reported to have been a royal residence and the celebrated league between Charlemagne and Achaius, King of Scots that was signed in the 8th Century.[5] In 1431 a battle took place at Kilmonivaig between Donald Baleal, cousin of Alexander of Islay, Earl of Ross, then a state prisoner of Tantallon Castle and the Earls of Caithness. In this battle the royal forces were defeated and the Earl of Caithness was slain.[5] In 1645 Montrose fought Argyll, with Argyll being defeated.[5]


  1. ^ Donald B. MacCulloch, Romantic Lochaber Arisaig and Morar, (Spean Bridge: Lines Publishing, 1996), pp. 1–2, 168, 177.
  2. ^ Gittings, Bruce; Munro, David. "Parish of Kilmonivaig". The Gazetteer for Scotland. School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh and The Royal Scottish Geographical Society. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  3. ^ Donald B. MacCulloch, Romantic Lochaber Arisaig and Morar, (Spean Bridge: Lines Publishing, 1996), p. 177.
  4. ^ Donald B. MacCulloch, Romantic Lochaber Arisaig and Morar, (Spean Bridge: Lines Publishing, 1996), p. 173–91.
  5. ^ a b c d Samuel Lewis (1851). A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland: Comprising the Several Counties, Islands, Cities, Burgh and Market Towns, Parishes, and Principal Villages, with Historical and Statistical Descriptions: Embellished with Engravings of the Seals and Arms of the Different Burghs and Universities. S. Lewis and Company. p. 620. Retrieved 7 February 2019.