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Pitlochry dam

Pitlochry dam

Pitlochry Dam

Each year between April and October an average of 5,400 salmon fight their way upstream from Atlantic feeding grounds to spawn in the upper reaches of the River Tummel. They must by-pass the Hydro-Electric dam at Pitlochry by travelling through the interconnected pools that form the Pitlochry "fish ladder" up and around the dam. Three resting pools provide patches of slack water for a break in the struggle against the current.

The flow from the bottom of the fish ladder attracts the salmon into the first pool and from there they rise in steps through connecting pipes from pool to pool until they have climbed the height of the dam. Witness all at a very special attraction.

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