Visitor guide to enchanting Perthshire town of Aberfeldy which stands on the banks of the River Tay in the Highlands.
This village has gained recognition as the popular destination among kayakers. It's well placed geographically for exploring the northern part of Perthshire, though Pitlochry has better tourist facilities.
Scotland's first Fairtrade Town is one of those small villages that against the odds is thriving in the world today. In spite of being a small village, Aberfeldy does have a lot to offer.
Aberfeldy lies in the bend of the mighty River Tay and about 5km from Loch Tay. The place has historic tale which takes us back to 1715 when the Jacobite war took place. Aberfldy is best known for its Water Mill which produces stone ground oatmeal established in 1896.
The place has a beautiful ecosystem which makes it pleasant for having a walk along the roads. The attractions here one should check are the Moness Falls and Birks of Aberfldy. The place also offers many activities to keep one busy and enjoy spending time here. One can enjoy golfing in lush green golf courses available here, or can splash in water with the water sports at Loch Tay. Fishing in Perthshire is another option to spend a thrilling time out here.
Local Sights & Activities for Aberfeldy
The village turns out to be great for Highland Adventure Safaris (you can catch them on www.highlandadventuresafaris.co.uk, Tel No 01887 820 071) as they are one the few places where you get to see the Red Deer Rut. Get close to the action as you watch Scotland's largest animal lock antlers to establish male hierarchy and breeding rights.
We recommend the High-Level drives from Gilmerton to Aberfeldy. (From Gilmerton, west of Perth and slightly to the north-east of Crieff, travel north through Amulree on the A822 to Cablea. Then take the A826 to Aberfeldy).
The WaterMill in Aberfeldy is an award-winning bookshop and is the largest in the Highlands. You can find an excellent range of Scottish books here. It also features among Scotland's most recommended cafes. (www.aberfeldywatermill.com, Tel No 01887 822 896)
Aberfeldy is a gateway towards Glen Lyon or the local Munroes or for the local watersports and especially the white water rafting.
Its bustling main street contains a range of local shops including Haggarts the Tweed mill, a local butcher, a couple of delis and some local knick knack shops. The Old Mill is now a coffee shop, bookshop and exhibition space that is well worth visiting.
- Overlooking the Wade's Bridge is the Black Watch Monument which commemorates the famous regiment becoming part of the British Army's peacekeeping force in the 18th century.
- Just outside Aberfeldy is Dewar's World of Whisky, one of a new breed of distillery visitor centres.
- A mile west of Aberfeldy, across the Tay at Weem, is Castle Menzies, an impressive, restored 16th-century 'Z-plan' fortified tower-house.
- For those of you who like walking, a popular walk is through the famous Birks of Aberfeldy to the Falls of Moness. Who knows perhaps even you may get inspired like Robert burns was by the birch trees
- If you are an art-lover, you can spend some time at the Aberfeldy Art Gallery (http://www.aberfeldygallery.co.uk/) which showcases work of more than 80 artists from all over Scotland who take part in an ever changing exhibition of traditional, contemporary and fine art.