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Loch Luichart from Loch Luichart Lodge

This postcard shows a view of Loch Luichart from Loch Luichart Lodge. Loch Luichart lies just west of Garve and drains into the River Conon. The poet Robert Browning is said to have visited Lady Ashburton here in 1869. When the Dingwall and Skye railway line first opened, the Lochluichart station was a private platform built for Lady Ashburton's use but it was opened to the public in 1872. The original station was closed in 1954 and submerged when the level of Loch Luichart was raised in connection with the Conon Hydro-Electric Scheme.

As part of the hydro-electric scheme, dams were built in Loch Droma and Strath Vaich to send water to Loch Glascarnoch, and then to generating stations at Mossford, Luichart and Torr Achilty. A dam in Loch Meig diverts more water into Loch Luichart, which then powers the largest station in the scheme (Luichart) at the confluence of the Meig and Conon rivers. The River Bran is diverted to the Achanalt power station while, on the River Conon, stand the Torr Achilty dam and power station. The Glascarnoch-Luichart-Torr Achilty scheme was one of three schemes within the larger Conon Hydro-Electric Scheme built between 1946 and 1961.

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Loch Luichart from Loch Luichart Lodge

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This postcard shows a view of Loch Luichart from Loch Luichart Lodge. Loch Luichart lies just west of Garve and drains into the River Conon. The poet Robert Browning is said to have visited Lady Ashburton here in 1869. When the Dingwall and Skye railway line first opened, the Lochluichart station was a private platform built for Lady Ashburton's use but it was opened to the public in 1872. The original station was closed in 1954 and submerged when the level of Loch Luichart was raised in connection with the Conon Hydro-Electric Scheme. <br /> <br /> As part of the hydro-electric scheme, dams were built in Loch Droma and Strath Vaich to send water to Loch Glascarnoch, and then to generating stations at Mossford, Luichart and Torr Achilty. A dam in Loch Meig diverts more water into Loch Luichart, which then powers the largest station in the scheme (Luichart) at the confluence of the Meig and Conon rivers. The River Bran is diverted to the Achanalt power station while, on the River Conon, stand the Torr Achilty dam and power station. The Glascarnoch-Luichart-Torr Achilty scheme was one of three schemes within the larger Conon Hydro-Electric Scheme built between 1946 and 1961.