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Badger Fall, still 150m SSE of, Glen Affric

A Scheduled Monument in Aird and Loch Ness, Highland

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Latitude: 57.3152 / 57°18'54"N

Longitude: -4.8248 / 4°49'29"W

OS Eastings: 229973

OS Northings: 828488

OS Grid: NH299284

Mapcode National: GBR G9GD.2QL

Mapcode Global: WH2DP.VDNG

Entry Name: Badger Fall, still 150m SSE of, Glen Affric

Scheduled Date: 6 December 2016

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM13577

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Industrial: weir/dam/sluice

Location: Kilmorack

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Aird and Loch Ness

Traditional County: Inverness-shire


The monument is the remains of an illicit whisky still, probably dating to the 18th or early 19th centuries. It survives as a small enclosure of stone walls and banks, with an attached lade. The monument is located within woodland, in a secluded gully on the south east side of a small burn feeding into the River Affric, at around 140m above sea level.

The still structure measures around 7m in length with rubble walls at both ends up to 1.5m high and around 0.6m thick. The still was built underneath an overhanging rock outcrop next to the burn, providing the necessary concealment for illegal distilling. A low stony bank opposite the rock outcrop encloses a stone-lined channel or lade, which supplied water to the still.

The scheduled area is rectangular on plan to include the remains described above and an area around them within which evidence relating to the monument's construction, use and abandonment is expected to survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it has an inherent potential to make a significant contribution to our understanding of the past, in particular the development of the whisky industry within Scotland. The monument is a relatively well-preserved example of a previously common site for which very little evidence has survived to the present day. The loss of the monument would significantly diminish our ability to appreciate and understand small-scale distilling in the Highlands around the end of the 18th century, and its significance both to society at the time and the modern whisky industry.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland: CANMORE ID 303128

Heawood, R., 2009 'Excavations at Lochrin Distillery, Edinburgh' Industrial Archaeology Review, 31:1, 34-53.


Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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