The River Tummel is a river in Perthshire, a major tributary of the River Tay in the Highland parts of the county, opening into a series of gorgeous lochs from Rannoch Moor down to Pitlochry and south to Strath Tay.
It is known in Gaelic as the Teimhil.
Discharging from Loch Rannoch, the Tummel flows east to a point near the Falls of Tummel, where it bends to the southeast, a direction which it maintains until it falls into the River Tay, just below Logierait, after a course of 58 miles from the source of its farthermost headwaters on Stob Ghabhar (3576 feet).
The only considerable affluent to the Tummel is the Garry, itself 24 miles long, an impetuous river which issues from Loch Garry, 1,334 feet above sea level). About midway in its course the Tummel expands into Loch Tummel, 2¾ miles long, 128 feet deep and 500 feet above sea level, between which and the confluence with the Garry occur the Pass and Falls of the Tummel, which are rather in the nature of rapids, the descent altogether amounting to 15 feet.
The scenery throughout this reach is most picturesque, culminating at the point above the eastern extremity of the loch, known as the 'Queen's View': Queen Victoria made the view famous in 1866, although other tales name it after Isabella of Mar, queen of Robert the Bruce.
The chief places of interest on the river are Kinloch Rannoch; Dunalastair, a rocky hill in well-wooded grounds, the embellishment of which was largely due to Alexander Robertson of Struan, the Jacobite and poet, from whom the spot takes its name (the 'stronghold of Alexander'); Foss; Faskally House (beautifully situated on the left bank); Pitlochry; and Ballinluig.
- Map: 56°37’59"N, 3°40’1"W
- Chisholm 1911, p. 370.