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TITLE
Upper Falls of Foyers
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_351_P220
PLACENAME
Foyers
DISTRICT
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Boleskine and Abertarff
DATE OF IMAGE
1776
PERIOD
1760s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31173
KEYWORDS
water falls
Foyers
hydro-electric
rivers
River Foyers
power stations
Upper Falls of Foyers

There are two waterfalls on the River Foyers before it reaches Loch Ness. The first is 30ft (9m) and the second is 90ft (27m). The falls were used to generate the first hydro-electric power in Britain in 1896 when they powered an aluminium smelter. In 1969 the Foyers power station was established as a pump storage scheme. This means that when the station has produced a surplus of energy, water can be pumped back up to Loch Mhor at the top, ready for the next time energy generating is required. The Falls of Foyers have been tamed since the coming of hydro-electricity but are still an awe-inspiring sight.

This illustration was taken from 'A Tour in Scotland' by Thomas Pennant.

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Upper Falls of Foyers

INVERNESS: Boleskine and Abertarff

1760s

water falls; Foyers; hydro-electric; rivers; River Foyers; power stations

Highland Libraries

Fraser Mackintosh Collection (illustrations)

There are two waterfalls on the River Foyers before it reaches Loch Ness. The first is 30ft (9m) and the second is 90ft (27m). The falls were used to generate the first hydro-electric power in Britain in 1896 when they powered an aluminium smelter. In 1969 the Foyers power station was established as a pump storage scheme. This means that when the station has produced a surplus of energy, water can be pumped back up to Loch Mhor at the top, ready for the next time energy generating is required. The Falls of Foyers have been tamed since the coming of hydro-electricity but are still an awe-inspiring sight.<br /> <br /> This illustration was taken from 'A Tour in Scotland' by Thomas Pennant.