HISTORY OF CAOLASNACON
The name Caolasnacon is Gaelic for ‘Narrows of the Dogs’, reputedly because the spot was once used as a crossing place for shepherds and their dogs. This crossing place was later dredged out to allow boats to pass through the Narrows en route to Kinlochleven Pier.
Caolasnacon Caravan & Camping Park is situated on the site of a World War I Prisoner of War Camp. There was also another camp in Kinlochleven and both camps were involved in building the road on the south side of Loch Leven, working from both ends. The Kinlochleven camp workforce was also used in the construction of a pipe line from Loch Eilde Mor to the Blackwater reservoir to increase the capacity for hydroelectricity for the increased production of aluminium from the local smelter. The remains of an explosive store, incinerator and shower bases can still be seen on the campsite and are regularly photographed by WWI enthusiasts.
More information can be found in the Aluminium Story Visitor Centre and the Community Library, both in Kinlochleven Village.
The current owners came to Caolasnacon in 1973 to work it as a sheep farm. They always allowed the odd camper to stay over on the land, as had been the custom in previous years; in 1974 introduced some caravans and in 1975 completely diversified into the tourist industry and Caolasnacon Caravan & Camping Park evolved! Now the sheep are all gone and have been replaced by diggers and lorries in the name of CC Plant, to keep the family going in the winter when the camp site is closed.
“This is an amazing site! The friendliest of people. Great facilities, all kept very clean with fantastic showers. Mesmerising mountain-flanked moonlit loch views.”
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Gift Vouchers for both static caravans and touring pitches are available on request.
If you stay 6 consecutive nights on our site in a tent, motorhome or touring caravan you can have the 7th night on us!