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ID:MHG95
Type of record:Monument
Name:Pipeline, Kinlochleven Aluminium Works
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Summary

Modern pipeline serving Kinlochleven aluminium works. Associated construction works, such as a crane and railway beds run in the vicinity of the pipeline.

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Taken from c.219180 761732, looking WNW (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilTaken from c.219180 761732, looking WNW (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland Council(photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilBuilding located c.219615 761540 (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilCrane c.219678 761454 (approx.) (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland Council(photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilCrane c.219678 761454 (approx.) (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilCrane c.219678 761454 (approx.) (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilCrane c.219678 761454 (approx.) (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilCrane c.219678 761454 (approx.) (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilCrane c.219678 761454 (approx.) (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilCrane c.219678 761454 (approx.) (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland Council(photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland Council(photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland Council(photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilTaken from c.219751 761158, looking SE (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilTaken from c.219751 761158, looking SE (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilTaken from c.219751 761158, looking SE (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland Council(photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland Council(photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland Council(photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilRemains of railway track c.219950 760812 (approx.) (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland Council
Grid Reference:NN 2178 6040
Map Sheet:NN26SW
Civil Parish:LISMORE AND APPIN
Geographical Area:LOCHABER

Monument Types

  • PIPELINE (Modern - 1901 AD to 2100 AD)
  • AQUEDUCT (20th Century - 1901 AD to 2000 AD)
  • RAILWAY (20th Century - 1901 AD to 2000 AD)

Other References/Statuses

  • Historic Environment Record: MHG95
  • NMRS NUMLINK Reference: 76446
  • NMRS Record Details: NN16SE3.1 KINLOCHLEVEN ALUMINIUM WORKS, PIPELINE
  • Old SMR Reference Number: NN16SE0003

Full description

The pipeline runs from the power house at Kinlochleven (MHG33837) to the valve house (MHG22201) at 220199 760451. It then turns into a 'conduit' - sometimes referred to as an aqueduct, running all the way to the main dam at the head of Blackwater Reservoir (MHG94).

This system formed part of a hydro-electric power scheme that was at one time the biggest in Europe. The monument was scheduled in 1994. Groups of penstocks regulated the water supply to the Aluminium plant. <1>

Running parallel and on the north side of the pipeline running from the Blackwater dam to the Aluminium smelter is the remains of a rail bed. The tracks are set into concrete 0.5m apart. Over this track is a pylon that appears to have carried an overhead cable. The pylon is situated to the immediate west of the valve house (MHG22201). <2>

A rail bed running to the S of the pipeline was noted during a site visit in 2010. <3>

The scheduling of this aqueduct and pipeline was revoked in December 2011 due to the new category A listing of the associated buildings. <4>


<1> Puls, A, Comment by Andrew Puls, HC Archaeologist (Verbal Communication). SHG23286.


<2> Burgess, C, 1996, Pre-afforestation survey at Kinlochleven, Site 62 (Text/Report). SHG21147.


<3> Puls, A, Comment by Andrew Puls, HC Archaeologist (Verbal Communication). SHG23286.


<4> Historic Scotland, 12/2011, Exclusion from schedule - Kinlochleven, hydro-electric power station, aqueduct and dam (Text/Designation Notification/Scheduled Monument). SHG25601.

Related Monument/Building records

MHG49646Parent of: Kinlochleven Aluminium Works, Penstocks (Monument)

Related Investigations

EHG451Kinlochleven (Pre-afforestation)

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