Heritage

The Tummel-Garry Scheme

January 1, 1945

The Tummel-Garry scheme, of which Pitlochry was to be a part, was incredibly unpopular when it was first planned. The scheme was finally approved by parliament, having gone through a public inquiry in 1945 and the resignation of the Hydro Board’s first chairman, Lord Airlie.

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Construction Begins…

April 26, 1947

The Countess of Airlie lays the first block of the dam. A plaque marking the event is still present.

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Disaster Strikes!

December 12, 1948

Flooding occurred throughout construction of the dam, and the winter flooding of 1948 was especially destructive.

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Strike at Port-na-Criag

July 29, 1949

Workers strike at Port-na-Criag camp due to poor quality food. This occurred on other camps throughout the Highlands.

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The Dam is Complete

January 10, 1951

The dam and power station were completed in 1951, and the scheme was due to be opened in June of that year.

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Open for Business

January 10, 1952

Tragically, the head engineer of the Hydro Board, Sir Edward MacColl, died just before the planned opening in 1951 and a much more subdued ceremony was held in 1952 where a plaque in his honour was unveiled at the power station.

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Pitlochry Dam Visitor Centre
Armoury Road
Pitlochry
PH16 5AP

Call: 01796 484111

Open 7 days from 9:30am to 5:30pm
(last entry at 5pm)

FREE ENTRY

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