|The small village of Foyers
is located on the south-eastern shore of Loch Ness, about half
way along its length and 20 miles from Inverness. Barely even
a village until the British Aluminium Company established a
smelting works here at the end of the nineteenth century, Foyers
grew to become a sizeable industrial township in the early to
mid twentieth century. Closure of the aluminium smelter in the
early 1970’s led to a dramatic decline in population.
The village is once again a quiet rural centre in wooded landscapes
which host an abundance of wildlife.
The dramatic Falls
of Foyers are a major tourist attraction. Another is Boleskine
Graveyard, this graveyard reflects the Jacobite history
of the area. The imposing vitrified iron-age fort of Dun
Dearduil commands views of the length of Loch Ness from
its lofty vantage point above the tiny village of Inverfarigaig
and is the source of a local tale about Deirdre
of the Sorrows. There is also the beautiful, small Loch
Bran which is a site of special scientific interest because
of its exceptionally rich population of dragon and damsel
flies and is less than a mile from Upper Foyers.