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Things to do in Tummel Bridge, Perth and Kinross

The old bridge at Tummel Bridge, 16 Aug 2005. © James Napier
The old bridge at Tummel Bridge, 16 Aug 2005. © James Napier

When I think of Scotland, I always let my mind drift back to the village of Tummel Bridge and the beautiful Loch at its edge. Tummel Bridge or simply 'Tummel' if you are a local, is carved in two by the gentle river Tummel which feeds the loch that boasts the same name.

If like me, you are not from Scotland the word 'Lake' is not something which is widely used in the area, if at all and the occasional person who asks 'Where is lake Tummel?' is usually met by blank faces or bemused smiles from the locals. 'Loch' is a fine Scottish word with a deep meaning to it's people and should be used when at all possible.

Tummel is a small village, boasting just over 100 souls most of the year, however during the summer months and holiday periods Tummel Bridge becomes a centre of holiday fun because of the Tummel Valley Holiday Park located within the village boundaries. During these times, the 16 mile drive from Pitlochry to Tummel can be taxing at best. Dozens of slow moving vehicles crawl snail pace along the twisting valley roads, which is only wide enough to attempt overtaking in a few select places, which as a first timer you will most probably be past before you realize they were there at all.

When driving the Tummel road it is probaly best to take it slow and enjoy the scenery which is some of the most beautiful in the Highlands if not the world.

On the way to Tummel from Pitlochry you will pass 'Queens View.' Which was one of Queen Victoria's most cherishes vista's in all of Scotland. About half way to Tummel Bridge is a good place to stop and let your stomach settle. The Tummel road is a good test for the most hardened stomachs.

Apart from the holiday park and the beautiful scenery and the wonderful local folks, there is not a great deal to Tummel. So if you are looking for a busy time or anything other than is mentioned, then you will probably need to drive further on to Aberfeldy which is 16 miles further from Tummel Bridge.

Tummel is a beautiful place, a great place to stay if you wish to get away from it all for a short while. It is also a good stopping off place to go fishing (Permits available at the village store), camping, Deer stalking, eating and drinking and to simply soak up the beauty of the surrounding countryside. You should take a camera with you for sure.

One note of warning though, at Tummel bridge they have the hydroelectric dam and so the river level can fluctuate in very short periods of time with no warning, it is safe for bank fishing but not for swimming.

All in all a beautiful place to visit.

Description by Ed Lee.

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