Queen’s View and Pitlochry Fish Ladder

It snowed today!  We went to Queen’s View which is apparently one of the most photographed views in Scotland. It was beautiful in the snow.

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Sister and family:

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Me and family:

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Sister and father:

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Ben got his obligatory “bored in the snow” photo.

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I got my usual “excited in the snow” photo.

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Afterwards we went to see the fish ladder at Pitlochry. We’ve been there before but I still find the place fascinating. Pitlochry has a hydro-electric power station that was built in the 1950s. Due to an Act of Parliament in 1943, all hydro-electric power stations were required by law to preserve fish stocks and so a fish ladder was constructed alongside the power plant to allow salmon and other fish to swim past unharmed. There’s a counter at the power station which counts the number of fish; it’s currently at 6,449.

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Here’s a close-up of the fish ladder.

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The dam on the other side.

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A selfie.

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We saw some fish in the dam which seemed a bit strange. There were three about the same size as this one in the next photo. I think it’s a salmon. I don’t think this is typical as I’ve never seen a salmon hanging around the surface like this – maybe it was sick?

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Here’s the power station from a distance.

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