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Caol (Gaelic: An Caol[1]) is an area near Fort William, in the Highland council area of Scotland. It is about 1 14 miles (2.0 km) north of Fort William town centre, on the shore of Loch Linnhe, and within the parish of Kilmallie.

Caol is located in Lochaber
Caol shown within the Lochaber area
OS grid reference NN108762
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district PH33
Dialling code 01397
Police Scottish
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Ambulance Scottish
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56°50′17″N 5°06′07″W / 56.838°N 5.102°W / 56.838; -5.102Coordinates: 56°50′17″N 5°06′07″W / 56.838°N 5.102°W / 56.838; -5.102

The name "Caol" is from the Gaelic for "narrow", in this case the narrow water between Loch Linnhe and Loch Eil.

The Caledonian Canal passes by to the north-west of Caol, while the Great Glen Way long distance footpath passes through the village before following the canal towpath.

The village is largely residential, and has a school, Caol Primary School and St Columba's R.C Primary School[2]

The local shinty team are Kilmallie Shinty Club, who play at Canal Park in the west of Caol.


  1. ^ "Place name database - Caol". Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Schools: Caol Primary School". Highland Council. Retrieved 14 March 2016.