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Craigower Hill, Pitlochry

If a hike up Ben Vrackie seems a bit much, a similar collection of great views can be had from only 200m above Pitlochry at the summit of Craigower Hill. Up and down from Torrdarach House in well under 2 hours on foot, this route can also be cycled via Killiecrankie.

Great views down to Pitlochry and on a clear day you can see Lochs Tummel and Rannoch with the mountains of Glen Coe in the distance. The photos below were taken with an iphone on a less than clear summer evening but you can get a feel for the views on offer.  A walk up Craigower Hill is right at the top of our favourite Pitlochry walks, ideally combined with a pint at the Pitlochry Golf Club on the way back down.

View of Pitlochry from Craigower Hill

View of Lochs Tummel and Rannoch with Glen Coe in the distance

View over the Cuilc to Craigower Hill

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Ben Vrackie – the Corbett above Pitlochry

Ben Vrackie is the mountain that sits above Pitlochry. Not quite a Munro at 841m, but it’s a sizeable Corbett. The total climb from the car park is about 700m and the return trip can be made in about 4 hours. The walk in feels lengthy and the top section is quite steep but the path is excellent. Views from the top are incredible on a clear day – the mountains of Glen Coe to the West, the Cairngorms to the North and the Beinn a Glho range sitting above Blair Atholl. Well worth it.

For an excellent and detailed walk description have a look at this page – walkhighlands.

If Ben Vrackie looks like too much of a hike then a walk up Craigower Hill above the Pitlochry Golf Course also provides some spectacular views.

Ben Vrackie above Pitlochry

Ben Vrackie above Pitlochry

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Pitlochry Dam, Fish Ladder and Museum

Pitlochry Dam and fish ladder

Pitlochry Dam was built by the ‘Hydro Boys’ in the 50′s as part of the major hydro-electric power network being developed across the Highlands. This is the last of nine power stations in the network and it produces enough electricity to power 15,000 homes. The damming of the River Tummel at Pitlochry created Loch Faskally and both are now major tourist attractions.

You can take a nice walk from Torrdarach House down to Loch Faskally and across the top of the Dam. It is quite a structure! One of the main features of the dam is a 310m concrete ‘fish ladder’ which was constructed to allow salmon returning to the river to reach their spawning grounds. You can see the ladder in the pictures below.

There is an excellent museum inside the main building explaining the construction of the dam network and there is a viewing window in the ladder giving you a chance to spot passing salmon.

After prolonged spells the heavy rain in Highland Perthshire the dam gates may need to be opened to speed up the venting of water from Loch Faskally. It is quite a sight when you see it up close. There is a photo of the gates open below and another blog post here showing something similar.

Pitlochry Dam and Port na Craig

Fish ladder and Loch Tummel

Pitlochry Dam museum

Pitlochry Dam museum

Pitlochry Dam turbine hall

Pitlochry Dam – Gates open!

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