Corrieyairack  Inverness Shire


In 1882-4, Frances Groome's Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland described Corrieyairack like this:

Corryarrick (Gael. coire-eirigh, ` rising ravine '), a dreary mountain ridge on the mutual border of Boleskine and Laggan parishes, central Inverness-shire, 7 miles SSE of Fort Augustus. Parting Glenmore from Upper Strathspey, it culminates in Corryarrick Hill (2922 feet) and Carn Leac (2889), midway between which, at 2507 feet above the sea, Wade formed about 1735 his military road from the Bridge of Laggan to Fort Augustus ` This, ' says Hill Burton, ` the most truly Alpine road in the British dominions, has been left to decay, and large portions of it have been swept away by torrents, so that the zigzag lines by which the military engineer endeavoured to render the steep side of an abrupt mountain accessible to artillery, have been tumbled into heaps of rubbish like natural scaurs. ...

' See also H. Skrine's Three Successive Tours in the North of -England and Great Part of Scotland (Lond. 1795).

The form of the name is that given on the modern 1:25,000 map.

Corrieyairack through time

Corrieyairack is now part of Highland district. Click here for graphs and data of how Highland has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Corrieyairack itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Corrieyairack, in Highland and Inverness Shire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 21st May 2024

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