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Fish Loch Faskally

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South Loch Tummel

Strath Tummel

One of the most beautiful pieces of Scotland that
one can travel is Strath Tummel.
Strath Tummel proper extends from Dunalastair between the lochs Rannoch and Tummel to Loch Faskally, but the valley does continue southward for a few miles to where the Tummel unites with the Tay below Ballinluig. At this end the scenery is fairly open but changes quickly. The town of Pitlochry is really very much a new town so far as the history of Atholl is concerned for Moulin two miles to the north east was for centuries the main place in Atholl.

The small and somewhat secluded Loch Faskally is the result of the Tummel having been dammed in conjunction with the Tummel-Garry Hydro Electric scheme. At the dam a fish pass enables salmon to get to the upper reaches and this is of continual interest to visitors to Pitlochry. In consequence of the damming what were originally the Falls of Tummel situated above Loch Faskally have lost their character and thus the spot has been renamed Linn of Tummel, LINNE a pool, TUM-ALLT, plunging river. Here Strath Tummel swings westward with much beauty and history on every side.

Seven miles from Pitlochry and high above the north shore of Loch Tummel is the Queens View which commemorates one of Queen Victoria’s visits to Atholl. She fell deeply in love with the glorious countryside. The prospect is westward along Loch Tummel with the graceful shape of Schiehallion, 3,547 feet, rising on the left. In clear weather some fifty miles distant and beyond Loch Rannoch and the desolate moor of Rannoch, neither of which are in view from here, can be seen the high mountains of Glen Coe.

Loch Tummel has been considerably lengthened in
accordance with the Hydro Electric project but the
beauty has been retained. At the end of the loch is
Tummel Bridge constructed by General Wade and four
miles further west is Dunalastair with its memories of
Robertsons of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Here Alexander Robertson of Struan, thirteenth chief,
had one of his homes and wrote many of his verses.
Here also lie three later chiefs of the clan. They rest
within a little walled enclosure much shaded by large
trees. At four miles west again of Dunalastair is the
village of Kinloch Rannoch, a curious name for a
village, situated at the foot of a loch for the prefix “Kin”
in Gaelic means head and the head of Loch Rannoch
is at its western extremity nine miles distant. At Kinloch
Rannoch the river Tummel issues from Loch Rannoch
and so begins to brawl its way over the rocks throughout
its course being joined by many streams. From its source to its junction with the River Tay the succession of
landscapes met with are of great variation and the choice of two roads one by the northern side and one
by the southern side display the scenery under entirely
different aspects, therefore by going one way and
returning the other a more delightful trip would be
difficult to find.

On the banks of the Tummel flourish various species of alpine plants these having been washed down into the valley from the surrounding mountain tops by burns at time of being in spate.

Following the defeat of King Robert the Bruce and his force at Methven in 1306 he sought refuge in Atholl.
On the Bonskeid property on the south side of the
Tummel is a section of woodland known as Coille
Bhrochain and it is claimed that here on the retreat from
Methven the king ate a hasty breakfast of porridge. The
name Coille Bhrochain signifies “wood of the porridge.”

The king must have spent quite an amount of time in
Atholl for a house is reputed to have been built for him
on the south side of Loch Tummel.

But there is a much more ancient store of history than this within the Perthshire Highlands. Certain of these areas possess the remains of a large number of forts often called Fingalian castles. The correct Gaelic term for these castles is “Caistealan na Féinne.” The Strath Tummel area is particularly rich in these there being at least twenty of them between Pitlochry and Tummel Bridge alone. They are all circular stone structures and their diameters vary but are generally about sixty five feet with walls which stood probably about ten feet high.

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