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Cranachan (Scottish Gaelic: Creannachan) is a farmstead about 2.5 miles north-east of Roybridge in Lochaber, in the Highlands, Scotland.[1][2] Cranachan is in the Highland Council area and stands on the north bank of the confluence of the River Roy and the River Allt Glas Dhoire.

Cranachan is located in Lochaber
Location within the Lochaber area
OS grid referenceNN 298843
Council area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtPH31 4
EU ParliamentScotland
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56°55′10″N 4°47′50″W / 56.919389°N 4.79712°W / 56.919389; -4.79712Coordinates: 56°55′10″N 4°47′50″W / 56.919389°N 4.79712°W / 56.919389; -4.79712

The land at Cranachan was occupied by the MacDonalds of Cranachan, a cadet branch of Clan MacDonald of Keppoch.

Descendants of the MacDonalds of Cranachan include the Australian Saint Mary McKillop, whose mother Flora MacDonald was of the Cranachan family; Ranald MacDonald, Catholic Bishop and Vicar Apostolic of the Highland District, whose mother was from the Cranachan family; 'Long John' MacDonald who founded the Ben Nevis Distillery and from whom the 'Long John' brand of whisky takes its name.

On the opposite bank of the River Roy, accessed by a path from Cranachan, is a mass stone, with a carved chalice on one side. It is said that open air mass was performed, using the stone as an altar, during times when the practice of Catholicism was persecuted.


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 34 Fort Augustus Glen Albyn & Glen Roy (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2012. ISBN 9780319231012.
  2. ^ "Ordnance Survey: 1:50,000 Scale Gazetteer" (csv (download)). Ordnance Survey. 1 January 2016. Retrieved 18 February 2016.

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Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland - RCAHMS record for the Glen Roy mass stone