Moidart and Arisaig achieved prominence in the Second World War as a commando training area, mainly between 1940 and 1942, and several large houses in the region served as Combined Operations Training Establishment, including Roshven House, Dorlin House, Arisaig House, Lochailort House and Inverailort Castle11, 12. The Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge is dedicated to British Commando forces of World World II. Evidence of these wartime activity is still visible in the surrounding areas.
The surrounding regions 13, 14,15 share a similar fascinating history encompassing bravery, loyalty, rivalry, rebellion, injustice, poverty and emigration, all played out in this dramatic and beautiful landscape.
Since then there have been many changes in Moidart and the surrounding areas, changes brought about by the railway, new roads, changes in estate management, education reform and, most recently, a devolved Scottish parliament, to mention but a few. Many of these changes have been documented in the excellent Moidart Timewarp3 by Tim Robertson of the Moidart Local History Group, which gives a thorough account of the history and culture of Moidart, and which is gratefully acknowledged as an inspirational source for this brief account.
Today, the area supports many thriving townships and hamlets, each with a strong forward-looking community ethos, but justifiably proud of its history, traditions and crofting heritage. Landscape, climate, trade and politics have inevitably shaped the lives of the Highlanders. I hope you have the opportunity to step back and explore the fascinating history of Moidart and the surrounding areas.