Pitclochry, Dam & Ladder – Scotland

This month we stayed in a lodge in Scotland in the little town of Pitlochry. According to a census taken in 2011, there is a population of just under 3,000 people that live here. It will most likely have doubled within the last 11 years.

Pitlochry lies on the River Tummel and the nearest loch is Loch Tummel. The town is 56miles from Edinburgh and is situated within Perth council.

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert visited this area in 1842 and bought a highland estate at Balmoral. This brought a lot of tourists to the area which only increased with the addition of the railway in 1863.

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Pitlochry still has many of the old Victian buildings, and crowds come every year to see the popular fish ladder along with the Pitlochry Festival Theatre.

There are 2 major mountains that entice hikers every year. Ben Vrackie and Schiehallion.

Pitlochry history

Although this town is Victorian age, the areas of Moulin and Port-na-craig are considerably older. The latter was the original site of the ferry accross the river until 1913 when the suspension footbridge was built.

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1947 was an important year for Pitlochry as it was in this year that the Town become a burgh. Not only that, but the Hydro-electric power scheme at Tummel began construction. This subsequently meant the creation of the famous fish ladder that thousands visit each year.

To learn more about this scheme, look at: Clunie Dam

Watch the following video to know what to expect on your visit!