Explore the atmospheric ruins of a deserted crofting settlement

Aoineadh Mòr

Discover the story hidden under a canopy of leaves

When foresters felled the trees here in 1994 they uncovered the remains of this once-thriving crofting township. The residents were evicted 200 years ago to make way for sheep grazing and then later for planting trees. Wander through birch woods to reach the silent settlement and find out more about the families that once lived here.

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A cruel clearance

When Miss Christina Stewart from Edinburgh bought the Glenmorvern Estate in 1824, she ordered the entire population to be evicted at once. She wanted the land to graze profitable flocks of sheep and, with no official lease for their crofts, the families had no choice but to leave.

We know so much about what happened here at Aoineadh Mòr (pronounced Inniemore) because Mary Cameron, one of the crofters, shared her memories of life at the settlement and the terrible trauma of the eviction. That day, she said, ‘I thought my heart would rend.’

By the 1930s, the sheep had also gone and were replaced by trees – the new cash crop at that time. When the trees were ready to be felled 60 years later, the foresters worked carefully to take out the timber while preserving the remains of the settlement.

Forestry Commission Scotland now protects these ruins as an atmospheric reminder of Morvern's heritage. Find out more about the heritage of Aoineadh Mòr.

Contact: Lochaber Forest District

Address: Torlundy, Fort William

Postcode: PH33 6SW

Telephone: 0300 067 6870


How to get here

From Lochaline take the A884 north. Turn left after about 3½ miles (5.5 km) onto an unclassified road signposted Kinloch (Teacuis). Aoineadh Mòr is along this road on the left after about 2½ miles (4.2 km). The car park is at grid reference NM 667 517.

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PA80 5XE is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

There are buses from Fort William to Lochaline several times a week. Find timetables at Traveline Scotland.

The Mull ferry runs regularly between Lochaline and Fishnish.

Nearby places

Carry on along the shore of the Sound of Mull to Clach na Criche for a picturesque lochside picnic spot and to try your luck climbing through the remarkable Wishing Stone.

Want more walking? Enjoy more classic Highland views and wonderful wildlife at Ariundle, the forest beside Strontian. The trails here wind through iconic Atlantic Oakwoods and alongside a rushing river. Also on the edge of the village is Phemie's Walk. This trail winds up through giant conifers and rewards your effort with dramatic views over Strontian and Loch Sunart.

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