MHG32925 - Torboll Fish Ladder

Summary

C19 elaborate drystone salmon ladder.

Type and Period (1)

  • FISH LADDER (Built, 19th Century - 1801 AD to 1900 AD (between))

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

19th century drystone constructed fish ladder, allowing salmon to bypass 60ft Torboll Falls and to ascend to Loch Buidh five miles distant. Ladder is 378 yd long, 11 to 12 ft wide, and by this means fish ascend an incline 138 yd long through 23 pools, an average gradient of c. 1 in 5 <1>.

Elaborate 19th century rubble salmon ladder, 34m (110ft) long and one of the earliest of its kind. This ladder, in effect a series of man-made pools, enabled fish to bypass the falls and swim upstream to spawn <2>.

NMRS Report: (10/01/2007)
This salmon ladder '…allows fish to reach the upper reaches of Abhainn an t-Stratha Charnaig and Loch Buidhe…The whole…is 'L' shaped'.
Information from Mr R C Sutherland in a letter to Professor R Paxton (Heriot Watt University) dated 7 July 2005 <3>.


<1> Sinclair B Calder, 1974, The Industrial Archaeology of Sutherland (A Scottish Highland Economy 1700-1900) (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG364.


<2> Beaton, E, 1995, Sutherland: An Illustrated Architectural Guide, Pg 41 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG23142.


<3> RCAHMS, 02/2008, Annual update from Canmore, 284157 (Dataset). SHG24123.

Sources/Archives (3)

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred NH 7433 9857 (274m by 169m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NH79NW
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish DORNOCH

Finds (0)

Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Related Investigations/Events (0)

External Links (1)

Comments and Feedback

Do you have any more information about this record? Please feel free to comment with information and photographs, or ask any questions, using the "Disqus" tool below. Comments are moderated, and we aim to respond/publish as soon as possible.