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Aberfeldy

Visitor guide to enchanting Perthshire town of Aberfeldy which stands on the banks of the River Tay in the Highlands. 

  • Things to Do

    • Birks of Aberfeldy

      Lovely and relatively easy walk up the river starting from the middle of the village. Lots of wildlife to explore and easy on kids of any age.

    Activities

    Nearby Ancient Monuments

    Croft Moraig Stone Circle

    Stone Circle dating to 2nd and 3rd millenia BC. Just off the road and easy to visit whilst travelling between Aberfeldy and Kenmore.

    Fortingall Stone Circles

    A set of three stone circles near the famous church yard at Fortingall at the head of Glen Lyon.

    The Crannog Centre

    Reconstruction of brnonze age island house called a Crannog. Well worth visiting.

    Wades Bridge

    Steep stone bridge spanning the Tay built as part of campaign to connect the Highlands to allow the British army to quickly move to troublespots. Dates back to 1773.

    Castles Nearby

    Garth Castle

    Daringly located and inacessible castle built by the fearsome Wolf of Badenoch in the 14th century. Not open.

    Castle Menzies

    Striking Z plan in fully restored condition close to Aberfeldy. definately worth a visit.

    Local Visitor Attractions

    Cluny House Gardens

    Lovely wild woodland garden near Aberfeldy that features the UK's widest conifer tree with a girth of 11 metres. Usually quiet. worth visiting.

    Walks

    Ben Lawers Nature Reserve

    Nature reserve that starts from the visitor centre and for the fits reaches to the peak of Britain's third highest mountain, Ben Lawers.

    Local Venues

    Aberfeldy Golf Course

    Aberfeldy is a small Scottish market town, and is located centrally in Highland Perthshire. It is possible to reach both Scotland's east and west coasts in a few hours from Aberfeldy, and the town is about an hour and a half from Edinburgh and two hours from Glasgow.

    Birks of Aberfeldy Cinema

    Local cinema with expansive programme that was lovingly restored by the local community. Excellent cinema in old style. Fun!

    Nearby Distilleries

    Aberfeldy Distillery

    Original Johny Dewar distillery near Aberfeldy that still produces a single malt as we being blended. Includes a smart visitor centre and tour.

    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.

    Things to do in Aberfeldy
    • 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.

     

  • Aberfeldy Events

    Celtic Food and Drink Festival

    Discover Iron Age cooking including claybaked and smoking fish, spit cooked meat, crannog stews, locally foraged greens, breads and spreads, and themed beverages.

    Atholl & Breadalbane Highland Gathering

    The Atholl & Breadalbane Agricultural Show and Highland Gathering has moved to Wade’s Park since 2008 from the customary site of Aberfeldy’s Victoria Park, where it was being held for the past 60 years.

    WinterWeek +

    Winter Week+ will be held at Kenmore,  Aberfeldy from 15 - 17th February 2014. A series of events in and around Kenmore will add up to the variety of this festival.

    Crann-apple Cider Festival

    A day that is fun for all the family, visitors can bring their apples to press, sample a wide range of flavours and enjoy home baking, Scottish ciders and local produce.

    Atholl and Breadalbane Highland Gathering

    Traditional Highland games with hill races, heavy events, tug o' war and Highland dancing. Also agricultural show with horses, cattle and sheep sections.

    Aberfeldy Show & Games

    Charming local games beside the River Tay. Excellent horse display and local dancing.

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