Aberfeldy is a vibrant market town set on the south bank of Perthshire's longest river, the River Tay. It is home to The Birks of Aberfeldy, made famous by Scotland's national bard Robert Burns.
The Birks of Aberfeldy
by Patti Walker-Booth
Ready to explore the famous Highland scenery and take in some culture? Read on for some of our recommended favourites.
WALKS & MUNROS
Aberfeldy, Loch Tay and the surrounding areas are full of spectacular walking routes - from relaxing strolls along the river to challenging hikes up Perthshire’s towering Munros, Ben Lawers & Schiehallion. There’s sure to be a walk to suit you whether you have an hour or a whole day at your disposal.
Rich with lochs, rivers and burns, Highland Perthshire is an excellent spot to go fishing. The local area is renowned for salmon fishing but trout fishing and course fishing is also widely available in the Aberfeldy area and beyond. We can help you with arranging permits and guides - just ask us!
Highland Safaris in Aberfeldy offer you a range of 5 star activities including Land Rover safaris, inspiring walking tours and loch safaris that skim you over the surface of Loch Tay.
Splash White Water Rafting are waiting to take you on a wild white-water adventure and
Beyond Adventure offer you canoeing, kayaking and paddle-boarding on the glorious River Tay.
CULTURE AND HERITAGE
Don’t miss a visit to Birks Cinema, a fully restored art-deco cinema situated in Aberfeldy town square. You can watch the latest movies and live events in a state of the art auditorium.
The Pitlochry Festival Theatre internationally renowned arts theatre based in Pitlochry runs a unique summer repertoire system that allows you to see a different performance every night of the week.
The Aberfeldy Watermill is a bookshop, art gallery and cafe housed in a three-storey converted mill in Aberfeldy. It was awarded UK Independent Bookshop of the Year in 2009 and included in the New Yorker book of 75 Greatest Bookstores in the World in 2016. Well worth a visit if you love books.
Castle Menzies is a spectacular sixteenth century castle just a mile from Aberfeldy. Restored in the twentieth century, we recommend you take a tour and explore. You can see the Menzies Claymore (sword) used by the chief at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.
The Scottish Crannog Centre is an authentic reconstruction of an Iron Age loch-dwelling. Located on Loch Tay, experience the life of original Crannog dwellers and take part in demonstrations of textiles, cooking and ancient crafts.
The Fortingall Yew - a heritage tree situated in the grounds of the 18th century Fortingall Church. The yew tree is believed to be between 3000 - 9000 years old and one of the oldest living things in Europe. Take time and soak in the spirit of nature to restore your soul.
Pitlochry Dam and Fish Ladder is an engineering wonder that transformed the Highlands! The Fish Ladder is an integral part of the dam design that allows Atlantic Salmon to migrate up the river to their breeding grounds. The new visitors centre offers breathtaking views of the dam and Loch Faskally. There is plenty of easy parking outside the visitor centre.
So stay awhile. Escape, relax, unwind.
"The whisky distillery tour at Dewar’s was great, especially the cask tasting"