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.


Construction Begins…

April 26, 1947

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


Disaster Strikes!

December 12, 1948

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


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.


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.


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.


Pitlochry Dam Visitor Centre
Armoury Road
PH16 5AP

Call: 01796 484111

Open 7 days from 10am to
4.30pm (last entry 4pm).


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