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Loch Tummel by Pitlochry

 
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Loch Tummel is a long narrow loch running 11 miles west to east and reaching to almost a mile across. It forms part of the Tummel/Garry Hydro scheme with Clunie Dam at its eastern end. The dam, which was built in the 1930's, raised the level by about 15 feet. While the loch has been considerably extended by this impoundment it is entirely natural looking and indeed is very beautiful, with exceptional views glimpsed through its wooded banks. The best spot to take in its magnificence is the visitor's centre run by Forest Enterprise. This is called the Queens View after Mary Queen of Scots and Queen Victoria who both visited. This is a tremendous vista over the loch with Schiehallion in the background.

The B8019 runs around the north shore, while there is another minor road which skirts the southern shores. The main inflow of the River Tummel and the many burns flowing off the hills make for some interesting marks

Trout fishing extends from March 15th till October 6th. Feeding picks up dramatically from April as the fish will have had little food over winter and will begin feeding voraciously. In high summer bright sunlight may put the fish down, but early morning and evening fishing can be very productive. Fish run to the typical highland three quarter pounder size, but there are always better specimens mixed in.

Fishing is by any method, but is from the bank only. This makes it an ideal spot for children to learn to fish. Some bank areas are restricted, but in general the south side and the Queen's View end are fishable. In recent years the owners have been trying to improve the fishings. Trout have been stocked for the last 3 years with the 2002 stocking coming from the Pitlochry Angling Club.

Permits at £5.50 per day are available from the Pitlochry Tourist Information Centre,

 

Loch Tummel

Photo by kind permission of
Jim Willsher

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