Things To Do In and Around Aberfeldy

Aberfeldy is packed with things to do for the whole family and is perfectly situated for exploring Highland Perthshire.  If you need some assistance to plan your trip, Patti is on hand to make recommendations and help you make the most of your time. 

Culture

Birks Cinema

A fully restored art-deco cinema situated in Aberfeldy town square.  Visitors can watch the latest movies and live events in a state of the art auditorium. 

Pitlochry Festival Theatre

Internationally renowned arts theatre based in Pitlochry.  The theatre boasts a unique summer repertoire system that allows visitors to see a different performance every night of the week.

Aberfeldy Watermill

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.

Adventure

Highland Safaris

Highland Safaris in Aberfeldy offer 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

White water rafting on the River Tay for the wild-at-heart.

Beyond Adventure

Adventurous activities on the River Tay including canoeing, kayaking and paddleboarding.

Heritage

Castle Menzies

A spectacular sixteenth century castle just a mile from Aberfeldy.  Restored in the twentieth century, visitors can tour the museum and explore the gardens.

The Scottish Crannog Centre

An authentic reconstruction of an Iron Age loch-dwelling.  Located on Loch Tay, visitors can experience the life of original Crannog dwellers and take part in demonstrations of textiles, cooking and ancient crafts.

Fortingall

Home to 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. 

Pitlochry Dam and Fish Ladder

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.

Walks

Aberfeldy, Loch Tay and the surrounding areas are full of rewarding walking routes - from relaxing strolls along the river to challenging hikes up Scotland's towering Munros.  We have listed some of the popular walks but there are many more to be explored.

The Birks of Aberfeldy

Made famous by Robert Burns, The Birks of Aberfeldy is a popular woodland walk that offers fabulous views of the Falls of Moness.

Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve

Ben Lawers is one of Scotland's highest Munros.  The nature reserve has trails that suit all abilities - summit hikes above Loch Tay to short nature strolls

Drummond Hill and Black Rock, Kenmore

A collection of forest trails that offer stunning views over Loch Tay, Strathtay and Glen Lyon.

Schiehallion

The 'Fairy Hill of the Caledonians', Schiehallion is one of Scotland's most famous Munros and is a favourite among hill walkers. 

Shopping

House of Bruar

Affectionately known as the 'Harrods of the Highlands', the House of Bruar is situated just north of Pitlochry.  The vast food hall contains a wide selection of Scottish food and drink.

Angus Ross

Bespoke furniture and art by award-winning designer Angus Ross.  Furniture is crafted from oak grown locally and managed by Angus Ross.  Aberfeldy studio open by appointment. 

Spirit of Wood

Quality handcrafted furniture showcased in a converted barn nestled in the hills surrounding Aberfeldy.  A unique shopping experience.

Aberfeldy Farmers Market

Locally produced goods and crafts sold on the first Sunday of the month. Runs from April - October.  A taste of authentic Highland Perthshire. 

Fishing

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 are happy to help with arranging permits - just let us know!

Fishinguide

Fishinguide offer a range of fishing packages including Atlantic Salmon, trout, grayling and pike.  All experience levels welcome, keen anglers can cast a reel in breathtaking locations around Perthshire.

Aberfeldy Angling Club

Aberfeldy Angling Club offers trout and grayling fishing at a number of beats around Aberfeldy and Highland Perthshire.  Visitors permits are available.

Food and Drink

Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery

Producing whisky since 1898, the Aberfeldy distillery is the only Scotch whisky distillery built by the Dewar family.  Visitors can embark on a tour, explore the museum or relax in the Whisky Lounge.  There is also the opportunity to blend and bottle your own Whisky.

Charlotte Flowers Chocolates

Award-winning chocolates made in Acharn on the shore of Loch Tay.  Flavours change throughout the year and are inspired by the Scottish natural landscape.  Chocolate lovers can also take part in chocolate workshops.

The Paper Boat

Lovely coffee shop in Kenmore that serves mouth-watering food made with locally sourced produce.

Iain Burnett The Highland Chocolatier

Award-winning artisan chocolatier based in Grandtully near Aberfeldy.  Guests can visit the exhibition, eat in the Chocolate Lounge or take part in a tasting session.

Habitat Cafe

Artisan coffee shop in Aberfeldy that serves homemade gourmet eats and treats.  Staff are experts in the barista craft - a must visit for coffee lovers.

ARAN Bakery

Delightful artisan bakery in Dunkeld owned by GBBO's Flora.  Serves up savoury and sweet baked goods made with locally-sourced, seasonal products.  A must visit for baking fans!