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Pitlochry DamPitlochry is the tourist centre of Highland Perthshire.

Famous for it's scenery and hydro-electric dam with salmon ladder. Here the salmon don't actually jump up the ladder but swim through interconnecting pipes. An observation chamber allows visitors to watch the salmon underwater through a large plate glass window.

The present town is relatively new by Perthshire standards dating mainly from the mid 19thC. Queen Victoria visited in 1844 and it quickly grew into the tourist town of today.

Nearby Moulin has a more ancient history. The Earl of Atholl granted Moulin Church to Dunfermline Abbey in 1180. In 1511 Moulin became a burgh of barony. The Kirk was rebuilt in 1613 and the Moulin Arms dates from 1695.

In common with much of Perthshire, Pitlochry was a centre of flax growing and home based linen weaving by the end of the 18thC. The Blair Atholl whisky distillery in Pitlochry was founded in 1798. In 1821 the post office was opened, later than in most Perthshire villages. In 1835 the MacNaughton family opened water powered wool mills which produced tweed cloth from raw wool.

The first modern highland games took place in 1852. The combination of the forested hills, lochs & rivers and the coming of the railway in 1863 guaranteed Pitlochry's success as a Victorian resort. In 1878 a Hydropathic resort opened.

It possibly has a higher proportion of hotels and guesthouses than any other town of comparable size. In 1947 the town became a burgh. Between 1947-50 an extensive hydro-electric scheme was built upstream of the town with the lowest dam and power station being that on the River Tummel at Pitlochry itself.

In addition to the scenery and dam, there is the Festival Theatre built in 1981, 2 distilleries, nearby Blair Castle at Blair Atholl with summer horse trials, Killiecrankie (battle 1689) and a wide selection of tourist shops and restaurants.

Just north of Pitlochry is the House of Bruar retail complex offering quality Scottish shopping on a grand scale.

Check out Pitlochry self catering and hotel accommodation.

 

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