Kinlochleven, a 'hidden gem' in the Scottish Highlands, not far from Glencoe

Kinlochleven, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on the remote town of Kinlochleven in the Scottish Highlands.The name translates as 'at the head of Loch Leven'.

Kinlochleven lies close to the popular destinations of Glencoe and Fort William but does not experience the same volume of visitor numbers as these places notwithstanding the excellent scenery (lochs and mountains) ion the vicinity.

Kinlochleven owes its origins to an aluminium smelter built in 1909 which was powered by a massive hydro-electric scheme using water from a dam created in the mountains, high above the town. The smelter was closed in 2000 after which substantial assets and land were transferred to a local Community Trust. However, electricity generation continues. Kinlochleven is reinventing itself as an outdoor activity centre. The West Highland Way ensures a regular flow of visitors as the town is situated on that long-distance hiking route.

Loch Leven and the River Leven provide for water based activities. In the town is the Ice Factor which provides for indoor ice and rock climbing.

A very interesting, if somewhat remote town, which is deserving of a visit.

Ice Factor Building

River Leven at Kinlochleven

River Leven at Kinlochleven, 

River Leven at Kinlochleven

Kinlochleven Hydro Scheme


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