Coordinates: 56°20′39″N 3°26′00″W / 56.3442°N 3.4333°W
Pitkeathly Wells (spelling variants: Pitcaithly, Pitceathly, Pitkethley, etc.) is a hamlet in the Perth and Kinross area of Scotland. It is north of the Ochil Hills, 2 miles south-west of Bridge of Earn. Wells in the area produced the Pitkeathly mineral waters, which were drunk and used as baths from 1785 to 1949. A Dr. Horsley once recommended their use in curing hiccups, cancer, cholera, and epilepsy. The mineral spa flourished all through the Victorian era, with baths, tea rooms, and lawns for tennis, bowls and croquet. During this time, the nearby Bridge of Earn served as a spa town for the wells. The water, which was sold in jars, could be purchased from as far away as London.
Schweppes eventually took over the springs in 1910 and subsequently bottled the water in a plant employing thirty people. In 1927, a disastrous fire ended the bottling operation. The mineral spa was closed in 1949. [1 ] [2 ]
A kind of
bannock is named for the town. [3 ]
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