Abriachan is a scattered rural community of about 140 people set high above the shores of Loch Ness. There are still some active crofts but the majority of inhabitants are employed in Inverness and beyond. The local school closed in 1958 so Abriachan’s children now attend Dochgarroch Primary and Charleston Academy.
In 1998 the community purchased 534 hectares of forest and open hill ground from Forest Enterprise. Since then, as a social enterprise, the Abriachan Forest Trust has managed this land to create local employment, improve the environment and encourage it’s enjoyment by the public through a network of spectacular paths, family suited mountain bike trails and innovative education opportunities.
Charleston Academy partners with Abriachan in several ways. We have a formal partnership with the Trust to deliver our Rural Skills for Work Programme. Additionally we use Abriachan for many aspects of Outdoor Learning such as Science / Biology trips, Geography fieldwork, Scottish Studies (Crofting) and Community Involvement training. Our ASDAN classes also visit Abriachan regularly, particularly for the Bushcraft course. Mrs Suzanne Barr, who works for the Abriachan Forest Trust as their Education Officer is also a former Chair of our Parent Council.