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Ancient and modern views


Loch Tummel looking magnificently austere in winter
Image: Howard Maunders, On This Day

In the 19th century Queen Victoria looked out across the loch and made the Queen's View popular. Close by in the Allean Forest, an eighth-century ring fort once commanded the heights.

Remote though it seems, the loch is the site of one of a chain of dams. These, now run by the United Kingdom's largest generator of renewable energy, Scottish and Southern Energy, keep British lights burning.

The whole epic scheme was designed and built by North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board planners, engineers, architects and labourers who successfully met daunting technical challenges beautifully.

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