Great news for visitors to Rosemount Hotel – Pitlochry Dam is to be developed!
Pitlochry Dam, with its fabulous location at the eastern end of Loch Tummel and the gorgeous views that go along with that, is apparently to receive a 4 million pound investment boost in the guise of a state of the art, high-performance visitor centre with 60 seater café – (hopefully overlooking the fabulous Loch views!) This is great news for visitors to Rosemount Hotel, who enjoy visiting the dam and will appreciate the opportunity for refreshment, further viewing platforms and an insight into the ingenuity that brought hydro-electricity to Scotland.
For those with a fascination for the history of this epic story, an indepth account of the struggles involved in the early development of this industry may be found at http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/power-to-the-people.pdf
In its touristic context, the dam receives 500,000 visitors each year and the visitor centre will celebrate its developers’ role in bringing hydro power to Scotland. The epic journey of the Salmon from spawning to breeding will also be a feature of the educational element intended for the centre.
A Glasgow construction firm involved in the construction of the Commonwealth Games Athletes Village has been awarded the contract, which is expected to reach completion in October 2016.
Pitlochry’s fabulous Loch Faskally – the body of water held back by Pitlochry dam, is the last of five reservoirs created in the Tummel Valley during the process of setting up this magnificent system for power generation. There is a series of nine hydro power stations in the entire system. The idea was conceived long before the concept of global warming gained any currency and the aim was always to make a positive contribution to the rural framework that supported the concept, incorporating strong architecture with technological ingenuity and a desire to improve environmental factors.
The life cycle of the Salmon is not only an epic tale, but a fascinating insight into how a species adapts to living in two very different environments over the course of its life. As a work of engineering precision and environmental adaptation, the Salmon, too, is worthy of great respect!
Please read our separate blog on the fascinating life cycle of the Salmon.