Achnacarry Sporting & Country Pursuits




Achnacarry was requisitioned by the British Government in 1942 and used as the principal training ground for the world famous Commandos and other troops from around the world.   Its remote location, rugged terrain, mountains and unpredictable weather provided an excellent environment for the secret Commando training. Achnacarry left an indelible impression on those who passed through its doors. Col Charles E Vaughan, the Commandant, was known by some trainees as 'Rommel of the North' because of his strict discipline and rigorous training regime. However few had any doubts about the value of the training when they found themselves in action against the enemy.

During the war and while Achnacarry was being restored after it was burnt by the Commandos the chief and his family lived in nearby Clunes Lodge. The Commandos are commemorated by the well known memorial on the hillside above Spean Bridge. It was built in 1951 and unveiled by the Late Queen Elizabeth, mother of the present Queen.