Perth and Kinross

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A small resort town in highland Perth and Kinross, situated on the River Tummel 28 miles (45 km) north of Perth. Well provided with hotels, guest houses, caravan and camping parks, Pitlochry's fame as a holiday resort dates from the arrival of the Highland Railway in 1863 and Pitlochry Railway Station remains in use today. Its chief attractions are the Pitlochry Dam and Fish Ladder, created during the 1950s when the River Tummel was dammed for hydroelectric purposes. The Fish Ladder allows salmon to bypass the dam and enter the man-made Loch Faskally.

Additional attractions include the Pitlochry Festival Theatre (1981), the Scottish Plant Hunter's Garden (2003), the Black Castle of Moulin (1326), the Black Spout waterfall, Blair Athol Distillery (1798) and Visitor Centre, and Edradour Distillery which claims to be the smallest whisky distillery in Scotland. The town has craft workshops, a leisure centre, 18-hole golf course and bowling greens. A curling rink closed in 2008. There is also a community hospital, which opened in the same year.

Notable residents have included engineer and astronomer Prof. George Forbes (1849 - 1936) and Sir Robert Watson-Watt (1892 - 1973), who invented RADAR.

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