Cultural Heritage

Ruins of old buildings dot the landscape

Geology and landscape have strongly influenced the settlement patterns, industry and economy of Lochaber.

Whether influencing early people, crofting, the coming of industry or the rise of tourism, geology has always been a major factor in social developments in the region.


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Early People

As the glaciers retreated at the end of the last ice age, early people ventured further north. At Kinloch, on the island of Rum, there... Read More

The Clan System

For 500 years until the middle of the 18th century, Lochaber was run under the feudal clan system. The clan chiefs were aided by ‘ta... Read More


For many centuries until relatively recently, Lochaber’s glens were well populated with subsistence farmers who lived in very basic h... Read More


Amid such a stunning natural landscape, it can be easy to overlook Lochaber's industrial side, but industrial developments over the yea... Read More