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The hollow mountain

one of the most formidable engineering projects ever undertaken in Scotland that continues to awe and inspire.

Providing for the energy needs for homes across the United Kingdom, the stores of power at Cruachan can power some of the nati on’s largest citi es, such as Birmingham or Glasgow.

It seems hardly believable that inside the Cruachan mountain lies a huge industrial power generati on factory that barely even troubles the beauti ful landscape.

In the centre of Ben Cruachan there is a massive cavern, high enough to house the Tower of London. Here enormous turbines convert the power of water into electricity. The power is then used to power the nati onal grid at peak ti mes of use – in order that the nati onal supply never diminishes. Cruachan power stati on was constructed between 1959 and 1965.

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