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The remains of the township of Druim an Aird lie on a terrace on the steep slopes of Beinn Dover. Today you can trace the stone outlines of 16 buildings, two corn drying kilns and several stone walled enclosures.

The township's name may come from the Gaelic words Druim (a ridge) and ord or uird, which means mountain of a round form and steep; referring to its physical location.

The 1st edition Ordnance Survey 6-inch map (1872) shows the township, called Druman Ardas deserted and in ruins.


In a letter in 1572, Lord Huntly wrote about the lands of The Ord and Strathmashie; perhaps referring to the site. Nearly a hundred years later, Robert Gordon's map marked the site as Drumin-Ord adding further weight to this conclusion.

Parish records for Laggan showed that people were being born and getting married in Druim an Aird right up until the end of the 18th century. By the end of the 19th century, however, maps show the township to be abandoned.

Visiting Druim an Aird

The exact location of Druim an Aird is grid reference is NN 573 895.

The site is easily accessible mid-way from the A86, midway between the A9 and A82. There are two small car parks on the A86 (Spean Bridge to Newtonmore road) a short distance south of Laggan Wolftrax and Strathmashie House. Park in the car park on the south side (westbound) of the road.

There is not a way-marked trail but there is a path from the car park past the waterfall into the wood. Follow the path to where it meets the forest road. Turn right onto the forest road and continue for just under a kilometre to the next junction, then turn left. Follow the road for another 800m. This will take you to the site. Druim an Aird is marked on OS maps.

All sites managed by Forestry and Land Scotland are open for you to explore. However, not all sites have paths or signage and some are a considerable distance from car parking. We recommend that visitors consult a detailed map and wear appropriate clothing.

Please follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and remember that historic sites should be treated with care and respect.


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