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TITLE
Building the Spey Dam, with a general view of Crathie, 1940s
EXTERNAL ID
PC_LAGGAN_HERITAGE_CRATHIE_04
PLACENAME
Crathie
DISTRICT
Badenoch
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Laggan
PERIOD
1940s
SOURCE
Laggan Heritage Group
ASSET ID
29194
KEYWORDS
crofts
crofting townships
hamlets
ruined crofts
ruined townships
Building the Spey Dam, with a general view of Crathie, 1940s

This photograph shows the building of the Spey Dam at Crathie, a few miles west of Laggan, in Badenoch & Strathspey.

The British Aluminium Company completed the Spey Dam in 1943. The system allowed for water to be diverted into Loch Laggan and flow down to Fort William where it was used to produce electricity. The dam is also used to manage floods in the Badenoch area. Even during normal river flows, up to 20% of the flow out of the River Spey catchment area can be diverted using the dam.

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Building the Spey Dam, with a general view of Crathie, 1940s

INVERNESS: Laggan

1940s

crofts; crofting townships; hamlets; ruined crofts; ruined townships

Laggan Heritage Group

Crathie Township

This photograph shows the building of the Spey Dam at Crathie, a few miles west of Laggan, in Badenoch & Strathspey.<br /> <br /> The British Aluminium Company completed the Spey Dam in 1943. The system allowed for water to be diverted into Loch Laggan and flow down to Fort William where it was used to produce electricity. The dam is also used to manage floods in the Badenoch area. Even during normal river flows, up to 20% of the flow out of the River Spey catchment area can be diverted using the dam.