Breadalbane Hydro-Electric Scheme

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The Breadalbane Hydro-Electric Scheme is a hydroelectric scheme in the Breadalbane area of Perthshire, Scotland. It comprises seven power stations which generate power from the dams around Loch Lyon, Loch Earn and Loch Tay.[1]


The Lawers Dam is one of several providing Scotland with hydro-electric power.
Dalhonzie power station outfow, power station in the background

Construction began in 1951. The Lawers Dam section began generating in 1956.[2] The dam measures 344 metres (1,129 ft) long and 42 metres (138 ft) in height.[2][3] Water descends a vertical distance of 415 metres (1,362 ft), the highest drop of any scheme in Scotland.[4]

Further facilities were added at Killin and Stronuich.[3] The construction was completed in 1961.


  1. ^ "Power from the Glens" (PDF). SSE. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Lawers Dam". CANMORE. Retrieved 2 May 2014.
  3. ^ a b Simeons, Charles (1980). Hydro-Power: The Use of Water as an Alternative Source of Energy. Pergamon Press. p. 309.
  4. ^ "Breadalbane Hydro-Electric Power Scheme". The Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 2 May 2014.

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