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Achnacarry is a small hamlet, private estate, and a castle in the Lochaber region of Highland, Scotland, about 15 miles north of the town of Fort William near the village of Spean Bridge. The present castle is a Scottish Baronial style home dating from 1802, although the Chiefs of the Cameron Clan have maintained homes at Achnacarry since 1665. The castle itself is not open to the public. Estate: The term applies to land under ownership and as such is a generic term for a parcel of land held by an individual or family, common in early British Gentry. ... Lochaber (Scottish Gaelic, Loch Abar) refers to a large area of the central and western Scottish Highlands. ... The Highland unitary authority area (Roinn na Gàidhealtachd in Gaelic) is a local government area in the Scottish Highlands and the largest local government area in Scotland. ... Motto: (Latin for No one provokes me with impunity)1 Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow Official language(s) English, Gaelic, Scots2 Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister Tony Blair MP  - First Minister Jack McConnell MSP Unification    - by Kenneth I 843  Area    - Total 78... Fort William from Loch Linnhe Fort William is the largest town in the western Scottish Highlands (in the Highland unitary authority), and a major tourist centre. ... Craigievar Castle in Aberdeenshire, completed in 1626, shows the origin of the style. ... Clan Cameron of Lochiel is a Scottish clan, the only remaining of two branches of Clan Cameron. ...


The name Achnacarry is derived from Scottish Gaelic field (achadh) of the (na) fish-trap/weir (caraidh). The Achnacarry lands lie on an isthmus between Loch Lochy to the east, and Loch Arkaig to the north. Note: This page contains phonetic information presented in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) using Unicode. ... Loch Lochy as viewed from the A82 Loch Lochy is a large body of fresh water in the Highlands of Scotland. ...


"As you approach Achnacarry, which lies rather low, but is surrounded by very fine trees, the luxuriance of the tangled woods, surmounted by rugged hills, becomes finer and finer till you come to Loch Arkaig, a little over half a mile from the house. This is a very lovely loch, reminding one of Loch Katrine, especially where there is a little pier, from which we embarked on board a very small but nice screw steamer which belongs to Cameron of Lochiel."--Royal Visit to Achnacarry, from the Journal of Queen Victoria, Friday, September 12, 1873. Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria) (24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901) was the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837, and the first Empress of India from 1 January 1877, until her death in 1901. ...


Achnacarry is the ancestral home of Lochiel[1], the Chief of Clan Cameron. In addition to the private family lands, the Clan Cameron Museum is located at Achnacarry about a quarter-mile from the castle. In August 2001, Achnacarry served as the site of the International Gathering of Clan Cameron, commemorating the 50th anniversary of Colonel Sir Donald Hamish Cameron of Lochiel, K.T., XXVI Chief of Clan Cameron. KT stands for: KT - The Knights Templar KT - Korea Telecom KT - the postnominal of a knight of the Order of the Thistle KT - Keitai (携帯) - Japanese for mobile phone The K/T Boundary - between the Cretaceous and the Tertiary eras, more specifically referring to the Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction event kT stands...

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Commando Castle

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Achnacarry Castle

During World War II, Achnacarry castle gained fame as the Commando Training Depot [2] for the Allied Forces from 1942 to 1945. British Commandos, United States Army Rangers and commandos from France, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland and Belgium trained there. As live ammunition was used during training, there were some casualties whilst training at Achnacarry. The castle also suffered some damage due to fire. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, the use of images on this page may require cleanup, involving adjustment of image placement, formatting, size, or other adjustments. ... The British Commandos were first formed by the Army in June 1940 during World War II as a well-armed but unregimented raider force employing unconventional and irregular tactics to assault, disrupt and reconnoitre the enemy in mainland Europe and Scandinavia. ... The 75th Ranger Regiment —also known as the United States Army Rangers— is a special operations force of the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC); with headquarters in Fort Benning, Georgia. ...


Several military associations (e.g. [3] [4]) still sponsor a Commando March either annually or from time to time. Generally it is a timed seven mile march, in full battle gear, backpack and combat boots, that starts at Spean Bridge and ends at Achnacarry.

Commando Memorial
Commando Memorial

Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2448x3264, 4352 KB) Summary The Commando Memorial, Spean Bridge. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2448x3264, 4352 KB) Summary The Commando Memorial, Spean Bridge. ...

Achnacarry Agreement

In 1928 Achnacarry served as the meeting place for global petroleum producers in an effort to set production quotas. A document known as the Achnacarry Agreement or "As-Is" Agreement was produced from this meeting.


Home of Lochiel

Since 2004, Achnacarry is the present-day home of Donald Angus Cameron of Lochiel, XXVII Chief of Clan Cameron.


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Achnacarry and Clan Cameron, Scotland (180 words)
Achnacarry Castle is a private property and not open to the public.
The area of Achnacarry is bordered by Loch Lochy in the east and Loch Arkaig in the north.
Achnacarry is also well known as the former WWII training grounds for Allied Commandos who came hear from all over for basic training prior to going to war.
Achnacarry - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (458 words)
Achnacarry is a small hamlet, private estate, and a castle in the Lochaber region of Highland, Scotland, about 15 miles north of the town of Fort William near the village of Spean Bridge.
The Achnacarry lands lie on an isthmus between Loch Lochy to the east, and Loch Arkaig to the north.
Achnacarry is the ancestral home of Lochiel[1], the Chief of Clan Cameron.
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