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TITLE
Kinloch Leven and the Pap of Glencoe
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_3464
PLACENAME
Kinlochleven
DISTRICT
North Lorn
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ARGYLL: Lismore and Appin
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
35310
KEYWORDS
postcard
photograph
Kinlochleven
Loch Leven
Mamore Mountains
Lochaber
aluminium
ice climbing
Blackwater Reservoir
dam
Kinloch Leven and the Pap of Glencoe

This postcard shows a view looking south-west from the village of Kinlochleven, across Loch Leven, towards Glencoe. Situated south-east of Fort William, Kinlochleven translates from the original Gaelic as 'head' of Loch Leven. The Mamore Mountains, which include ten munros, can be seen towering in the background.

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, 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 hillwalkers 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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Kinloch Leven and the Pap of Glencoe

ARGYLL: Lismore and Appin

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

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard shows a view looking south-west from the village of Kinlochleven, across Loch Leven, towards Glencoe. Situated south-east of Fort William, Kinlochleven translates from the original Gaelic as 'head' of Loch Leven. The Mamore Mountains, which include ten munros, can be seen towering in the background. <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, 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 hillwalkers and the nearby Ice Factor, the largest indoor ice climbing centre in the world, has boosted the regions profile in recent years.