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TITLE
Acharacle, Loch Shiel and Ben Resipol
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_0990
PLACENAME
Acharacle
DISTRICT
Ardnamurchan
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ARGYLL: Ardnamurchan
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
32911
KEYWORDS
postcards
lochs
mountains
Somerled
Torquil
warriors
Acharacle, Loch Shiel and Ben Resipol

This postcard shows the settlement of Acharacle with Loch Shiel and Ben Resipol in the background. The name Acharacle originated from the Gaelic for 'Torquil's Ford' (Ath Thorguil). A battle took place here in 1120 between the warriors Somerled and Torquil, near a ford traversing the River Shiel. Somerled was victorious, Torquil being killed during the battle.

The settlement of Acharacle today serves as a centre for the area of Moidart and Ardnamurchan.

Loch Shiel is the fourth longest in Scotland being 25km long and 150m deep. It lies 25km west of Fort William and originated as a sea loch, but with dropping sea levels it developed into a freshwater loch. Ben Resipol sits by the shore of Loch Shiel, rising 600 metres.

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Acharacle, Loch Shiel and Ben Resipol

ARGYLL: Ardnamurchan

postcards; lochs; mountains; Somerled; Torquil; warriors

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard shows the settlement of Acharacle with Loch Shiel and Ben Resipol in the background. The name Acharacle originated from the Gaelic for 'Torquil's Ford' (Ath Thorguil). A battle took place here in 1120 between the warriors Somerled and Torquil, near a ford traversing the River Shiel. Somerled was victorious, Torquil being killed during the battle. <br /> <br /> The settlement of Acharacle today serves as a centre for the area of Moidart and Ardnamurchan. <br /> <br /> Loch Shiel is the fourth longest in Scotland being 25km long and 150m deep. It lies 25km west of Fort William and originated as a sea loch, but with dropping sea levels it developed into a freshwater loch. Ben Resipol sits by the shore of Loch Shiel, rising 600 metres.