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TITLE
The Fall of Foyers
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_1103_P011
PLACENAME
Foyers
DISTRICT
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Boleskine and Abertarff
PERIOD
1830s
CREATOR
John Fleming
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31428
KEYWORDS
rivers
waterfall
hydro-electric power
The Fall of Foyers

In its final mile from the Monadhliath Mountains to Loch Ness, the River Foyers drops 450 feet (137 metres). The result is a pair of waterfalls, the first being 30 feet (9 metres) and the second 90 feet (27 metres). In 1896 the falls provided Scotland with its first hydro-electric scheme when they were harnessed to provide power for an aluminium smelter. The smelter was closed in 1967 but the hydro-electric scheme was developed in a pumped-storage power station opened in 1969. In this scheme, water is raised to a high reservoir and later released to generate extra power during peak periods.

The volume of water passing over the falls has reduced since the coming of hydro-electricity but they are still an impressive sight.

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

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The Fall of Foyers

INVERNESS: Boleskine and Abertarff

1830s

rivers; waterfall; hydro-electric power

Highland Libraries

Fraser Mackintosh Collection (illustrations)

In its final mile from the Monadhliath Mountains to Loch Ness, the River Foyers drops 450 feet (137 metres). The result is a pair of waterfalls, the first being 30 feet (9 metres) and the second 90 feet (27 metres). In 1896 the falls provided Scotland with its first hydro-electric scheme when they were harnessed to provide power for an aluminium smelter. The smelter was closed in 1967 but the hydro-electric scheme was developed in a pumped-storage power station opened in 1969. In this scheme, water is raised to a high reservoir and later released to generate extra power during peak periods. <br /> <br /> The volume of water passing over the falls has reduced since the coming of hydro-electricity but they are still an impressive sight.<br /> <br /> This illustration is taken from 'The Lakes of Scotland' by John Fleming.