Pitlochry Dam was built between 1947 and 1951 as part of a networks of dams in the Highlands to generate electricity. Pitlochry Dam & Fish ladder is one of the town's more famous attractions.
The Fish Ladder was built as part of Pitlochry Dam to allow the annual migration of thousands of Atlantic Salmon to pass through the dam wall.
Pitlochry Fish Ladder and Dam was constructed between 1947 and 1951, damming up the River Tummel to form Loch Faskally some 5km in length. This flooded the old Pitlochry Recreation Ground and Highland Games Field.
With such a massive obstacle across the River Tummel it was necessary to create a way for the 5,000+ salmon each year to pass upstream.
The salmon season opening celebrations occur in January each year. Many salmon swimming up stream during the spring, the peak period is April to end of August. The late salmon run starts in September and ends in October.