Things to do

Birks of Aberfeldy

The Birks of Aberfeldy which is a steep sided, wooded glen and the Falls of Moness are among the most spectacular and accessible walks in Perthshire. The circular walk, also a nature trail, follows the path alongside the Moness Burn reaching the highest point where it crosses the bridge above the Falls of Moness. There are seats and viewpoints on the way. The main walk can be extended by taking the path through the "Lower Birks" into Aberfeldy town centre.

You can take a walk around the Tree Trail which highlights the more recent collection of exotic trees and shrubs around the car parking areas. These were planted in the early 1960s by a local man, a keen horticulturalist with a particular interest in Himalayan plants. Sturdy footwear is recommended, especially after wet weather. The path is rough in places and runs along steep slopes so young children should be kept in sight at all times.

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Robert Burns was inspired to write his poem after a visit to the Den of Moness on 30 August 1787. As a result the Den with its Falls of Moness has been maintained as a scenic walk for over 200 years. Taking on its more popular name "the Birks of Aberfeldy", the path was established by the Moness Estate and the public were made welcome. It is now owned and maintained by Perth & Kinross Council.

Walks in Perthshire

Munro Bagging

Perth and District Ramblers


Castle Menzies

Castle Menzies imageThis spectacular sixteenth century castle, restored by the Menzies Clan Society, welcomes visitors. Seat of the Chiefs of Clan Menzies for over 400 years and importantly situated, it was involved in the turbulent history of the Highlands and here Bonnie Prince Charlie rested on his way to Culloden in 1746.

Architecturally fascinating, it is a splendid example of the transition between an earlier rugged fortress and later mansion house and contains many features of interest together with a number of family portraits, specimen pieces of furniture and a small clan museum. Inside, the story is told of the 400 year relationship between the house, its surroundings, its family and their relationship with both local and national events. There is also a walled garden. Small Gift Shop.

Dewars World of Whisky

Enjoy a visit to Dewar's World of Whisky and Distillery at Aberfeldy, the home of the Single Malt at the heart of the award-winning Dewar's White Label.

Visitors can explore one of the greatest brands of Scotch whisky ever created in an innovative and interactive five star exhibition that educates and entertains. The experience includes a guided distillery tour where you can see the Aberfeldy spirit being produced and afterwards, the chance to taste a selection of whiskies in the nosing and tasting bar.

Outside the adventure continues with a nature trail that is also home to the red squirrel. Relax in the centre's coffee shop and enjoy delicious home baking whilst enjoying the spectacular scenery. Finally, take away a memento of your visit from the brand store. It offers a wide selection of whiskies from miniatures to limited edition single malts and a range of gifts unique to Dewar's World of Whisky.

Contact Details:

Dewar's World of Whisky
Aberfeldy Distillery
Aberfeldy
Perthshire
PH15 2EB

Tel: 44 (0)1887 822010
Fax: 44 (0)1887 822012
Email: enquiries@dewars.com

www.dewarswow.com

General Wade's Bridge

In July 1724, George I sent General Wade to Scotland. In the uncertainty following the 1689, 1715 and 1719 Jacobite uprisings, he was asked to "inspect the present situation of the Highlanders" and to "make strict inquiry into the last law for disarming the Highlanders". He reported that most Highlanders able to bear arms were ready to do so against the Crown. He recommended the construction of barracks, bridges and roads to help control the Highlands. George I immediately appointed Wade Chief of His Majesty's forces, castles, forts and barracks in North Britain, with the remit to put his own recommendations into practice.

Between 1725 and 1737 Wade oversaw the construction of some 250 miles of road, plus 40 bridges, including his most striking legacy, the Tay Bridge at Aberfeldy, built at a cost of over £4000. General Wades bridge was constructed in 1733 to the design of architect William Adam, father of the more famous Robert Adam.

When Bonnie Prince Charlie's Jacobites marched south into England in 1745, Wade misjudged their intentions, allowing his forces to be bypassed and leaving London almost undefended. By now aged 72, he stood aside to let Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, take command of the army that pursued the Jacobites to their eventual demise at the Battle of Culloden.

Wade died in 1748, aged 75. In his will he left the huge sum of £100,000 from his many investments, including part ownership of the lead mines at Strontian. £500 of this was set aside for the erection of a monument to his own memory in Westminster Abbey, where he was buried.

Bolfracks Gardens

Bolfracks house is best known for it's gardens. There has been an ornamental garden here since the mid 18th century. Most of what can be seen today originates from 1970’s and is the work of the late Mr J Douglas Hutchison.

The stream garden was planned and constructed by Ian Lawrie of Dundee in 1928 along the course of the Bolfracks Burn. It was restored and replanted from 1983-85.

The gardens at Bolfracks are renowned for their impressive collections of rare and unusual plants, including a superb collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, acers, old fashioned roses and an array of herbaceous perennials.

The garden faces north with fabulous views over the Tay valley. This plantman’s garden has many interesting features from springtime through to autumn.

The gardens are open from the 1 st of April through to 31 st October- admission £3. Children under 16 are free. Although there is no café or restaurant visitors are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy at one of the many tranquil spots in the garden.

Bolfracks Garden is a member of the Perthshire Gardens Scheme member and the Scotland’s Gardens Scheme web site member.

Bolfracks Garden has been awarded the 4 Star Garden Grading Award by Visit Scotland.

More about Bolfracks Garden

Cluny House Gardens

Cluny House Gardens imageA stone farmhouse with a woodland garden specialising in Himalayan plants, started in 1950 by Bobby & Betty Masterton. Their daughter, Wendy Mattingley, and her husband took over the garden in 1987. Cluny House Garden has an important collection of Asiatic primulas including candelabras and a large collection of Trilliums, Arisaemas, Lilliums, Erythroniums and specimen trees including the widest girthed Sequoiadendron in the UK.

The garden is also very important for a population of Red Squirrels. Cluny is cultivated organically with no pesticides or insecticides.

Check website for opening dates and times - www.clunyhousegardens.com

Directions
From Aberfeldy: cross Wade's Bridge on the B8446 and after 0.5 mile (800m) turn RIGHT towards Strathtay at the Ailean Chraggan Hotel. After 2.5 miles (4km) turn off left and go up hill for 0.5 mile (800m).

Free parking
Children under 16 free.
No dogs allowed
Cluny is unsuitable for the disabled
Catering Facilities - nNone at Cluny but there are very good restaurant facilities in and around Aberfeldy
Plants for Sale/Retail Facilities
We produce and sell a good range of Cluny plants. There is an annual seed list available on request.

Canoeing in Perthshire

Perthshire has some of the best sites in Scotland for canoeing and other watersports. You can have anything from calm, placid lochs to smooth flowing rivers to raging rapids. On this page you will find links for all ranges of watersports for the individual, group or family all year round.

www.canoescotland.com - the Scottish Canoe Association is the recognised governing body of canoe sport and recreation in Scotland

www.breadalbane.com - canoeing in Kenmore and Loch Tay

www.perthcanoeclub.com - Perth Canoe Club

playak.com - Kayak and Canoe news and info

www.kayakscotland.com - sea kayaking in Scotland

adventure.visitscotland.com - VisitScotland watersport adventure pages

www.beyondadventure.co.uk - Beyond Adventure is a specialist outdoor company, based in Aberfeldy, Scotland, providing tailor-made experiences of the wilderness environment.

www.wildernessscotland.com - open canoe holidays in Scotland

www.adventurers-escape.co.uk - Aberfeldy

www.dunollyadventures.co.uk - Aberfeldy

www.freespirits-online.co.uk - Aberfeldy

www.rafting.co.uk - Splash Whitewater Rafting - Aberfeldy

www.naelimits.co.uk - Ballinluig near Aberfeldy. Open the full year round, Nae Limits provide the widest and wildest choice of adventure and extreme sports within some of Scotland's most unique venues.

Golfing in Perthshire

For a superb golfing holiday you need not look any further than Perthshire. Perthshire has around 40 golf courses all set amongst terrific scenery. Almost every town has at least one course nearby and discount cards are available.

Aberfeldy Golf Club was founded in 1895 and, until 1995, was a 9 hole course which ran along the south bank of the River Tay. In 1993 the Club decided to extend the course to 18 holes. Aberfeldy is a very scenic, flat parkland course, suitable for all ages. However there are plenty challenges to overcome with lots of water hazards meandering through the course.

Walking in Perthshire

SOAC Logo imageWhen walking in Scotland please be responsible and remember to follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. Click the logo to find out more.

Moderate

The Birks of Aberfeldy Walk

The Falls of Acharn Walk - 2 miles from Kenmore

Kenmore Hill Walk

Drummond Hill Walk - starts near Kenmore

Weem Wood Walk - starts from Weem

Hill and Mountain Walks

Schiehallion Walk

Ben Lawers Walk

Tarmachan Ridge Walk

Stuchd An Lochain Walk

Meall Buidhe Walk

Carn Gorm, Meall Garbh & Carn Mairg Circuit Walk

Fishing in Perthshire

The River Tay, which runs through Aberfeldy, is said to start 100m above the bridge at Kenmore as it flows out of Loch Tay in the Highlands of Scotland. It is famous for its salmon fishing, especially spring salmon and holds the UK record. It is the largest river in the UK if measured by flow which is more than the Thames and Severn combined.

Fishing on the Tay

 

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