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"Virtual Lochaber" Created by American Clan Association
from the Oban Times
November 2, 2006

A North American clan society has created a “virtual Lochaber” on the internet to help it research its ancestral homeland.

The computer programme was designed and created by the Clan Cameron Association of North America.

Users are able to explore an interactive map, drawn after consulting hundreds of maps, past and present, and a linked reference guide.

The programme, which will be expanded annually, contains items of interest such as elusive Lochaber crofting communities, glens and lochside areas where Camerons, their affiliates families and fiercely dedicated septs once resided.

There are major and minor battlefield sites, churches, roads, cemeteries, historic sites, hiking and cycling trails and tourism destinations.

Virtual Lochaber was unveiled at the Clan Cameron Association’s “Red River Roundup,” which took place last month in Bedford, Texas.

North American Commissioner Thomas Cameron said: “During the 2001 international gathering of Clan Cameron at Achnacarry many of our members commented that it was somewhat difficult to identify historic and moderately noteworthy locations in Lochaber.  It’s not necessarily a sign problem, or a lack of friendly folks to point tourists in the right direction, but our members seem to be looking for places from the past that area a distant memory for most, at best.  The association is pleased to now offer this resource to its many members so they may search for their ancestor’s home.  We also envision members making a trip to Lochaber and loading this programme onto their laptops, using it as a tour guide of sorts.  It will enable many to learn of and explore the nooks and crannies of the beautiful Lochaber district, the gem of the West Highlands.”

The programme is available exclusively from the chapters and branches of the Clan Cameron Association.