Pitlochry Dam Visitor Centre is a purpose-built visitor experience that is open all year and annually receives around 100,000 visitors.
Providing an insight into the rich history of hydro-electricity in the north of Scotland, the exhibition showcases how lives and industry were transformed by harnessing the power of nature.
Visitors can enjoy a variety of different exhibits from learning how hydro works to following the incredible salmon journey. There is also a short film 'Power from the Glens' in the small AV Theatre and an opportunity to browse a number of fascinating artefacts that demonstrate how generations of homes have changed through the evolution of domestic appliances.
Meet the visionaries, such as Tom Johnston, who saw the untapped potential of hydro power in Scotland, and hear the stories of the Hydro Boys and Tunnel Tigers who lived – and sadly in some cases died – building the schemes.
Enjoy freshly brewed coffee and tea, and be tempted by freshly made cakes, scones and sandwiches, or if you are looking for more than a light bite our sharing platters and freshly baked pizzas are delicious too – all set to the stunning backdrop of Loch Faskally below.
Thanks to our viewing balcony, visitors can soak up the glory of the River Tummel as it tumbles past the fully working Pitlochry Hydro Station and even look out for a leaping salmon on its way upriver.
Our gift shop stocks a range of souvenirs and gifts for young and old – from shortbread and books to more unique and handmade items by local artisans.
The centre also has meeting space for hire for conferences and private functions etc. (capacity 60 people). Please contact the centre directly for individual enquiries.
Visitors benefit from free parking and free Wi-Fi. We are also proud to welcome four-legged friends to all areas of the visitor centre.
The centre is open from 9.30am to 5.30pm, 7 days a week (last orders in café 4.30pm and last entry to centre 5pm). For winter hours please visit the website.
Pitlochry Dam Visitor Centre Armoury Road Pitlochry PH16 5AP Tel: 01796 484111