1100s - Monks from Couper Angus were gifted
the lands of Fonab, present day Pitlochry
The Monks then built a Ferry that could
transport People, Cattle, and Carts across the
1180 - Moulin Church was granted by the Earl
of Atholl to Dunfermline Abbey.
1326 - the Black Castle of
Moulin was built for Sir John Campbell of
Lochawe, close to Moulin Church.
1511 - Moulin became a Burgh of Barony,
allowing the Landowner to hold Weekly
1512 - the Black Castle of Moulin was burned
due to a fear of Plague, leading to it falling
1700s - a Military Road was built through
Pitlochry during the Jacobite
Risings, allowing easier travel around the
1798 - the Blair Atholl Distillery was built
for John Stewart.
1800s early - Moulin School was attended by
MacKenzie (1822-1892) who went on to become
the second Prime Minister of Canada. The Old
Schoolhouse is now used for Self Catering
1834 - the Clunnie Bridge was built over the
River Tummel about 1 mile north of the Ferry.
The Ferry continued operating for Foot
1842 - Queen Victoria visited Perthshire on
one of her Grand Tours. Her description of this
scenic area led to an increase in Tourism.
1852 - the Pitlochry Highland Games begin,
one of the first of the modern Games. Highland
Gatherings began in the 1000s with Clans
competing in Military Combat type events. These
Gatherings became illegal after the Jacobite
Rising of 1746, after Highlanders tried to
overthrow the King.
1858 - Holy Trinity Episcopal Church was
1863 - the Railway Station opened leading to
Pitlochry becoming a popular destination for
Tourists with many grand Hotels being
1878 - Atholl Palace Hotel was opened under
its original name Athole Hydropathic. The
Hotel opened around the same time.
1873 - Moulin Church was destroyed by fire,
it was rebuilt soon after to a new design.
1884 - Pitlochry Church of Scotland was
1884 - Pitlochry Baptist Church was
1892 - Fonab Castle was built on the
outskirts of Pitlochry for Sanderman, the Port
and Wine Merchants.
1913 - the Suspension Footbridge was built
over the River Tummel. The Ferry stopped
operating on the day the Bridge was
1947 - the construction of Pitlochry Dam
began as part of the Tummel Hydro-Electric
power scheme. The Dam at Pitlochry is claimed
to produce enough power for around 15,000
The damming of the River created Loch
Faskally, flooding a large area north of the
town, including the old Recreation Park.
1949 - the Blair Atholl Distillery was taken
over by Arthur Bell and Sons, with Bells
becoming one of the top names in Scotch
1949 - St Bride's Roman Catholic Church was
built by Loch Faskally, mainly for people
working on the Dam.
1951 - Pitlochry Festival Theatre was
founded by John Stewart.
1960s - Sir Robert Watson-Watt, an inventor
of Radar, and his wife, began living at their
Summer House in Pitlochry. Both are buried in
the Churchyard of the Holy Trinity Episcopal
Church at Pitlochry.
1981 - the large A9 Tummel Bridge was built
as part of the Pitlochry Bypass. Views from the
Bridge when traveling south are amazing,
looking down over Loch Faskally and the large
Green Park Hotel.
1989 - Moulin Church was closed.
2002 - Fonab Castle was bought by the
Clark's to be converted to a luxury Hotel with
Lodges in the grounds.
2006 - Moulin Church is opened as the
Pitlochry and Moulin Heritage
2009 - Pitlochry was awarded a Gold Medal
from the Britain in Bloom horticultural