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Area Overview

Situated on the River Tay, Aberfeldy is a small market town in Perthshire, made famous by Robert Burns’ reference in his poem, ‘The Birks of Aberfeldy.’ It is Scotland’s first Fairtrade town and boasts attractive shops, cafes and galleries within its town square. Numerous outdoor activities can be enjoyed around Aberfeldy, including white water rafting, walking, mountain biking, canyoning and abseiling. A temperate climate is experienced here, with high rainfall and average temperatures of 16°C in the summer, falling to 2°C in winter. A whisky distillery, watermill, golf course and children’s park attract visitors of all ages.

Things To Do in Aberfeldy

  • Dewar’s World of Whisky: A heritage centre with interactive exhibitions and whisky-tasting – also a working whisky distillery which includes a nature trail and picnic spots in the grounds.
  • Birks Cinema: Art Deco-style historic cinema with cafe/bar serving drinks and meals.
  • Aberfeldy Watermill: An attractive bookshop, cafe, gallery and homeware outlet set in an historic converted watermill.
  • Dunolly Adventure Outdoors: An outdoor centre offering rafting, canyoning, kayaking, and river trips. Dry activities include a climbing wall, ropes course, off-road mountain biking and archery.
  • Aberfeldy Golf Club: 18-hole golf course set in attractive parkland spanning the River Tay.
  • Nae Limits: Adventure and activity centre offering clay pigeon shooting, quad biking, white water rafting, canyoning and water skiing. The centre provides lunches as well as communal changing areas.
  • Heathergems Visitor Centre and Factory Outlet: View Scottish jewellery being made from heather; available to buy from the factory outlet shop.
  • The Hermitage: Wooded gorge with Douglas Firs and paths through the woodland to the Black Linn Falls.

When to go to Aberfeldy

Peak season in Aberfeldy is July and August, although the winter months are also popular for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy walking, mountaineering and skiing in the area. The Aberfeldy Festival is held at the end of October/beginning of November, and incorporates live music events, poetry and literature reading, films and art shows.

Useful Facts

  • Nearest Airports: Perth (21 miles), Dundee (34 miles), Edinburgh International (50 miles).
  • Local Transport: The nearest train stations are Pitlochry railway station (15 miles) and Dunkeld railway station (15 miles). Scottish CityLink buses and National Express coaches also operate in the area.
  • Currency: GBP
  • Language: English
  • Religion: Christianity
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