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River Spean and the Laggan Dam

The River Spean extends westwards from the banks of Loch Laggan linking with the River Lochy at Gairlochy in the Great Glen. The A86 road runs mostly parallel to the river on its northern banks along its length providing numerous picturesque vistas within which to stop and take a few photographs. The river is crossed by a bridge at the rightly named Spean Bridge, however the highlight of this leg of my road trip was easily stopping at the Laggan Dam. Research into the dam’s history suggests it was originally constructed in 1934 by Balfour Beatty on commission by the British Aluminium Company. At approximately 48m tall and 210m wide, the dam is quite an impressive structure amongst the Scottish Highlands and well worth a photograph or two.