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TITLE
Loch Arkaig looking east towards Loch Lochy
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_1103_P009
PLACENAME
Loch Arkaig
DISTRICT
Lochaber
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Kilmallie
PERIOD
1830s
CREATOR
John Fleming
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31426
KEYWORDS
lochs
isles
islands
woods
chapels
burial places
castles
mansions
mansion houses
Loch Arkaig looking east towards Loch Lochy

Loch Arkaig lies 10 miles (16 km) north of Fort William, to the west of Loch Lochy. It stretches for 12 miles (19km) in an east-west direction. At the east end of the loch lies Achnacarry and at the west lies Strathan. This illustration shows a view from a small hill on the northern shore, looking towards Achnacarry and Loch Lochy beyond.

Near the eastern end of the loch a wooded islet is home to the remains of an old chapel, the ancestral burial place of the Camerons of Lochiel. At the western end is the ruin of a barracks built after the 1745 Jacobite rising but used for no more than six months. It is said that a consignment of French gold was landed at Arisaig for the Jacobites in 1746. The gold is said to be buried near Loch Arkaig but has never been discovered.

Achnacarry has been the seat of the Camerons of Lochiel since the mid-17th century. The old Achnacarry Castle was built by Sir Ewen Cameron of Lochiel in 1665 but was later destroyed by the Duke of Cumberland's men in 1746 as retribution for Donald Cameron of Lochiel's involvement in the Jacobite rising. The family returned from exile in 1784 and a new mansion house was built between 1802 and 1837 from designs by Gillespie Graham. During World War 2, Achnacarry, or 'Castle Commando' as it was sometimes known, was used as a Commando training centre.

This illustration is taken from 'The Lakes of Scotland' by John Fleming.

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Loch Arkaig looking east towards Loch Lochy

INVERNESS: Kilmallie

1830s

lochs; isles; islands; woods; chapels; burial places; castles; mansions; mansion houses

Highland Libraries

Fraser Mackintosh Collection (illustrations)

Loch Arkaig lies 10 miles (16 km) north of Fort William, to the west of Loch Lochy. It stretches for 12 miles (19km) in an east-west direction. At the east end of the loch lies Achnacarry and at the west lies Strathan. This illustration shows a view from a small hill on the northern shore, looking towards Achnacarry and Loch Lochy beyond.<br /> <br /> Near the eastern end of the loch a wooded islet is home to the remains of an old chapel, the ancestral burial place of the Camerons of Lochiel. At the western end is the ruin of a barracks built after the 1745 Jacobite rising but used for no more than six months. It is said that a consignment of French gold was landed at Arisaig for the Jacobites in 1746. The gold is said to be buried near Loch Arkaig but has never been discovered.<br /> <br /> Achnacarry has been the seat of the Camerons of Lochiel since the mid-17th century. The old Achnacarry Castle was built by Sir Ewen Cameron of Lochiel in 1665 but was later destroyed by the Duke of Cumberland's men in 1746 as retribution for Donald Cameron of Lochiel's involvement in the Jacobite rising. The family returned from exile in 1784 and a new mansion house was built between 1802 and 1837 from designs by Gillespie Graham. During World War 2, Achnacarry, or 'Castle Commando' as it was sometimes known, was used as a Commando training centre.<br /> <br /> This illustration is taken from 'The Lakes of Scotland' by John Fleming.