Lochaber, the ‘aber’ (joining or confluence) of the lochs is the land of legend sung of in the ‘Road to the Isles’.  Dominated by the highest mountain in Great Britain, Ben Nevis, and bisected by the river Lochy and Loch Lochy in the Great Glen, Lochaber has no precise boundaries.  It is surrounded by the lochs which give it its name and which drain into Loch Linnhe, the long arm of the sea stretching inland from the Island of Mull.  This very beautiful area gives its name to one of the oldest of Scotland’s district tartans.  

The sett which is now generally accepted as the Lochaber district tartan was first recorded in the 1819 Wilson Pattern Book.  It retains the azure, blue, red sequence of the 1797 and 1800 setts, together with the broad bands of black and green introduced into the latter.  There are several counts for the Lochaber tartan on record, the oldest dating to 1797 as ‘Wilson’s Old Lochaber’, a sample of which is seen in the Tolbooth Museum in Edinburgh.