The new £4 million Pitlochry Dam Visitor Centre opened its doors of 31st January 2017. The new centre has a very unusual design as it is cantilevered eight metres out from the banks of the River Tummel towards Pitlochry Dam Wall, thereby giving excellent views of Pitlochry dam, the hydro station and the top end of Loch Faskally.
Video of our visit to the NEW Pitlochry Dam Visitor Centre (1min)
Pitlochry Dam in spate video (1 min 22 secs)
Pitlochry Dam Visitor Centre has exhibitions on Heritage, Pitlochry Dam, the Life Cycle of the Salmon, Power from the Glens, Green Energy in Scotland and Managing Habitats. You will hear the vision of Tom Johnstone in the early 1950s led to the creation a network of tunnels, dams and hydro stations and those such as the ‘Tunnel Tigers’ who helped build such Highland hydro schemes as Pitlochry.
Today it is hard to believe that when Pitlochry dam and fish ladder being built, there was massive local opposition. One of the reasons for this was as it is built directly over the old Pitlochry Highland Games field. As Alastair Phillips-Davies, the Scottish and Southern Energy Chief Executive said, “When Pitlochry Dam and Power Station was first given the go-ahead there were fears it would lead to the ‘ruination of tourism.’ There was great local opposition, but is that not the story of change, whenever anything new and challenging is proposed, there are always those we are against.
Pitlochry Dam Attracts some 550,000 people annually who cross the dam and Fish Ladder, the new visitor centre is an added popular attraction for the short walk from Pitlochry town centre.
Pitlochry Dam Visitor Centre Opening Hours: It is free entry. Open 7 days from 9:30am to 5:30pm (last entry at 5pm). Closed 24th to 26th December 2017 and 31st Dec, 1st & 2nd Jan 2018