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TITLE
Bird's Eye View of Loch Leven and Kinlochleven
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_3460
PLACENAME
Kinlochleven
DISTRICT
North Lorn
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ARGYLL: Lismore and Appin
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
35306
KEYWORDS
postcard
photograph
Kinlochleven
Loch Leven
Lochaber
aluminium
ice climbing
Blackwater Reservoir
dam
Bird's Eye View of Loch Leven and Kinlochleven

This postcard shows an elevated view looking down over the village of Kinlochleven and Loch Leven to the west. The village is situated just south of Fort William, in some of the Highlands most evocative and rugged scenery.

Loch Leven is a sea-loch on the west coast of Scotland, which extends for just under nine miles, reaching a maximum width of over a mile. The village of Glencoe is located on its southern shore, and Kinlochleven is located at its eastern extent.

Kinlochleven grew up around the Aluminium Processing Plant during the early twentieth century. Houses were rapidly erected in the region to cope with the burgeoning workforce. In 1907, a hydroelectric dam was constructed by the British Aluminium Company to supply power to its processing plant and the surrounding village. Its completion created the Blackwater Reservoir. The dam, at 914 metres long, is the longest in the Highlands.

Today, the aluminium works no longer function, and the area now derives much of its income from tourism. The impressive scenery offers ample opportunities for hill-walkers and the nearby Ice Factor, the largest indoor ice climbing centre in the world, has boosted the regions profile in recent years.

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Bird's Eye View of Loch Leven and Kinlochleven

ARGYLL: Lismore and Appin

postcard; photograph; Kinlochleven; Loch Leven; Lochaber; aluminium; ice climbing; Blackwater Reservoir; dam

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This postcard shows an elevated view looking down over the village of Kinlochleven and Loch Leven to the west. The village is situated just south of Fort William, in some of the Highlands most evocative and rugged scenery.<br /> <br /> Loch Leven is a sea-loch on the west coast of Scotland, which extends for just under nine miles, reaching a maximum width of over a mile. The village of Glencoe is located on its southern shore, and Kinlochleven is located at its eastern extent.<br /> <br /> Kinlochleven grew up around the Aluminium Processing Plant during the early twentieth century. Houses were rapidly erected in the region to cope with the burgeoning workforce. In 1907, a hydroelectric dam was constructed by the British Aluminium Company to supply power to its processing plant and the surrounding village. Its completion created the Blackwater Reservoir. The dam, at 914 metres long, is the longest in the Highlands. <br /> <br /> Today, the aluminium works no longer function, and the area now derives much of its income from tourism. The impressive scenery offers ample opportunities for hill-walkers and the nearby Ice Factor, the largest indoor ice climbing centre in the world, has boosted the regions profile in recent years.