Gartmorn dam was constructed in 1713 by Sir John Erskine (6th Earl of Mar) to power the pumps which drained his coal mines. It’s industry has given way to mother nature and become a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Particularly for migrating wildfowl, now Scotland’s oldest water reservoir.
These Gartmorn dam photographs give you a feel for the area and its surroundings. On this trip in May 2013 the dam was drained to build new outflows so with the lakebed exposed ugly rotting fish (i think!) lay and many shells used by the fishing folk.