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Cluanie, Loch

A reservoir occupying the greater part of Glen Cluanie on the border of the Inverness-shire and Lochalsh districts of Highland Council Area, Loch Cluanie lies to the north of Glen Loyne. Completed in 1955, a dam at its eastern end provides a head of water as part of the Garry-Moriston Hydro-Electric Scheme and the loch receives water from Loch Loyne via a tunnel. The concrete gravity dams retaining both of these lochs were constructed using blast-furnace slag as a substitute for 70% of the cement which would otherwise have been required. This was the first time this technique was used in Britain. The Cluanie dam is 675m (2214 feet) long and over 40m (131 feet) high. The River Moriston issues from the loch and the A 87 road runs along its northern shore.

The Cluanie Curtain is a meteorological phenomenon, whereby a bank of rain moves along the loch from the west, although it rarely reaches as far as its eastern end.


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