8.4.10 Public Utilities

During the 20th century, Perth and Kinross became significant for hydroelectric power (Historic Environment Scotland 2016). The first hydroelectric project in the region was initiated by the Duke of Atholl before the First World War, when a turbine was placed across the Banvie Burn to provide electricity for Blair Atholl (Liddell 2008). The 1930s and 1940s saw the development of commercial hydroelectric projects, leading to the creation of a new reservoir at Dunalastair (MPK11917), and the construction of dams and power stations in the vicinity of Lochs Ericht, Rannoch and Tummel (Liddell 2008). Following the Second World War, this scheme in the Tummel-Garry area was expanded, and the new Breadalbane hydroelectric scheme was begun. A wide range of structures, including dams, weirs, houses and fish ladders, were built in the mid-20th century for the hydroelectric industry. Many have received a degree of recording, but further study would be desirable.

HER IDPlace/SiteSite TypeNGR
MPK7938Rannoch Hydroelectic Power Station / Loch Rannoch; Rannoch Hydroelectricity SchemeHydroelectric Power StationNN 5300 5828
MPK8661Perth, Friarton; Electricity Generating StationGas Power StationNO 1200 2210
MPK8771Pitlochry, Loch Faskally, Dam, Power Station and Fish Ladder / Pitlochry Salmon Ladder: Port-na-Craig DamHydroelectric Power StationNN 9354 5778
MPK11362Loch Breaclaich Hydroelectric Scheme, Glen Lednock Generating StationHydroelectric Power StationNN 6978 3037
MPK11383Tummel Power Station / Tummel Hydroelectricity Scheme; Tummel Bridge; River TummelHydroelectric Power StationNN 7635 5900
MPK11904Gaur Power Station / Strath Tummel; Tummel Hydroelectricity Scheme; Easan Garbh Dhuin; Loch EigheachHydroelectric Power StationNN 4641 5686
MPK11921Errochty Power Station / Tummel Bridge; Tummel Hydroelectricity SchemeHydroelectric Power StationNN 7727 5929
MPK11944Loch Faskally, Clunie Power Station / Tummel Hudroelectricity SchemeHydroelectric Power StationNN 9127 5977
MPK14257Stanley Mills Hydroelectric Power StationHydroelectric Power StationNO 1153 3282
MPK17985Cashlie Power StationHydroelectric Power StationNN 5069 4214
MPK17988Lubreoch Power StationHydroelectric Power StationNN 4533 4174
MPK18293Trinafour Power StationHydroelectric Power StationNN 7248 6476
MPK18301Finlarig Power StationHydroelectric Power StationNN 5853 3453
MPK18304St Fillans Power StationHydroelectric Power StationNN 6901 2460
MPK18305Dalchonzie Power StationHydroelectric Power StationNN 7405 2197
MPK18628Powerhouse, Strathay Hydro SchemeHydroelectric Power StationNN 9116 5324
Table 8.5: Power Stations in Perth and Kinross (data from Historic Environment Record).

Stanley Mills hydroelectric power station ©️ HES