Culligran Power Station
Affric/Beauly Scheme

Monar Dam provides the main storage for power stations in Glen Strathfarrar, including Culligran. Planners placed all the glen’s stations underground in order to preserve the area’s scenic beauty. To help it blend in, Culligran’s entrance is covered in stone dug from its turbine chamber.

Culligran power station receives water via a tunnel from Loch Beannacharan and discharges into the River Farrar. 

Hydro in the Highlands

In 1943, only one in a hundred crofts in the Highlands had electricity. But in just a few decades, affordable electricity would transform the way people lived. Hydro power made this

Affric/Beauly Scheme

As early as 1918, people saw this area as one of the nine great sources of water power running to waste in the Highlands. However, it would be 30 years before a plan to harness this energy won approval.

After two previous attempts failed, the southern section of the scheme in Glen Affric was finally approved in 1941. This project had the added benefit of reducing the severe flooding that often threatened this area. Ten years later, workers went on to build the scheme’s northern section in Glen Strathfarrar.

Planners chose underground stations for the scheme to protect the area’s scenic beauty. They also thought of the salmon. Compensation water is released below the dams and several dams contain Borland fish lifts.

Fully operating by 1963, the entire scheme today contains six dams and power stations. 


Monar Dam

Monar dam’s ‘double curvature’ design is rare in Britain and the first built in the country.