Tuesday, 23 December 2014
An Achateny Walk - 2 - The Clachan
It's an impressive structure, built when Achateny Farm was developed some time after the mid-1840s. Prior to that, all this land was part of Achateny clachan, one of the twenty-or-so traditional settlements scattered across West Ardnamurchan. This clachan, like so many others, was cleared in the first half of the nineteenth century to make way for the more profitable - from the landlord's point of view - sheep farms.
Bing satellite view, on a low ridge beside the Achateny Water, but we'd never walked the site. So, boggy or not, we set off to find it.
When the clachan was cleared, probably in the early 1840s, the buildings were destroyed to prevent the people returning, and it's not difficult to see where the rocks that had once formed them went.