Garry  Perthshire


In 1882-4, Frances Groome's Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland described Garry like this:

Garry, a lake and a river of Blair Athole parish, N Perthshire. Lying 1330 feet above sea-level, and having a maximum width of 21/3 furlongs, Loch Garry extends. 25/8 miles north-north-eastward to within ¾ mile of Dalnaspidal station on the Highland railway. ...

It is screened, all round, by bare, lofty, rugged mountains; receives a dozen mountain torrents, flowing to it through gorges among the mountains; and exhibits a wild, sequestered aspect, being in some parts so closely beset by its mountain screens, as to have scarcely a foot-breadth of shore. Its trout are numerous, but small and shy. The river Garry, issuing from the foot of the lake, runs 22 miles east-south-eastward, mainly through Blair Athole parish, but over the last 5 miles of its course, below Blair Athole village, along the borders of Dull and Moulin parishes, till, at Faskally House, below the Pass of Killiecrankie, it falls into the Tummel, after a total descent of nearly 1000 feet. It receives, on its left bank, the Edendon, Ender, Bruar, Tilt, and Allt Girnaig, and on its right the Erichdie; is closely followed, from head to foot, by the Highland railway and by the great road from Inverness to Perth; and changes, in scenic character, from alpine wildness and dismal bleakness to a rich variety of picturesqueness. One of the most impetuous rivers of Scotland, it is, as the Queen writes, 'very fine, rolling over large stones. and forming perpetual falls, with birch and mountain-ash growing down to the water s edge.' In times of freshet it comes down with sudden burst and tumultuous fury, tearing up its slaty or gravelly bed, carrying off heavy fragments, and menacing the very cliffs upon its banks.—Ord. Sur., shs. 54, 55, 1873-69.

Garry through time

Garry is now part of Perth and Kinross district. Click here for graphs and data of how Perth and Kinross has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Garry itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Garry, in Perth and Kinross and Perthshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 23rd May 2024

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