Loch Fannich

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Loch Fannich shores

Loch Fannich is a remote loch in Ross-shire, and part of its shore on a detached part of Cromartyshire too. The loch is 12 miles west of Strathpeffer.

To the north of Loch Fannich are the Forest of Fannich and the Fannichs, a fine range of mountains with no fewer than 9 munros]between them.

Loch Fannich was dammed and its water level raised as part of the Conon Hydro-Electric Power Scheme, built by the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board between 1946 and 1961. An underground water tunnel leading from Loch Fannich to the Grudie Bridge Power Station required blasting out a final mass of rock beneath the loch, a procedure which was referred to popularly as "Operation Bathplug".[1]

In the 1950s, the rising waters of the dammed loch subsumed the Cabuie Lodge (near the village of Achanalt), once home to Sir Arthur Bignold, MP for Wick Burghs in the early 20th century.[2][3]


  1. "Conon Hydro-Electric Power Scheme." [1]
  2. Addison, Henry Robert; Oakes, Charles Henry; Lawson, William John (1905). Who's Who. 57. A. & C. Black. p. 136. http://books.google.com/books?id=vDsJAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA136. 
  3. "NH2064 : Sign for Cabuie Lodge". geograph.org.uk. http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1233923. Retrieved 22 October 2010.