Bonnie lassies and laddies alike will want to book a holiday and experience The Birks of Aberfeldy, once they read here all it has to offer…
This picture-perfect town in Perth and Kinross in brimming with Highland culture. It achieved notoriety from Robert Burns’ poem, which has given rise to a two-mile circular walk through a forest of birch (“birks”), oak, ash and elm for breath-taking views of the Falls of Moness. The Scottish bard certainly had an eye for beauty as much of the wooded gorge is now a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is in its full burnished orange glory in autumn.
A river-side market town it is also home to Wade’s Bridge, which was not only built by the father of neoclassical architect Robert Adam but also makes an appearance in the traditional Loch Tay Boat Song. Warning, you might have this ditty running through your head while you cruise Perthshire’s largest loch (17 miles long and ½ mile wide) with Loch Tay Safaris!
Add an afternoon at Aberfeldy Gallery, which boasts artworks from paintings and pottery to jewellery and sculptures from myriad Scottish talents, and an evening film showing or Celtic acoustic concert at Aberfeldy’s award-wining cinema and those who crave culture will have a day to remember.
Bolfracks Estate & Gardens on the riverbank is well worth a visit for all the family. As well as offering 4,000 acres to explore, this organic working farm provides a taste (quite literally) of traditional Highlands farming. There are beautiful rare plants in a garden that offers sanctuary for weary bodies and minds overlooking the Tay Valley.
If action is more your nip of whiskey, not only does Aberfeldy have Scotland’s longest river and Perthshire’s highest mountain offering exquisite views for walkers of all levels, nearby Loch Tay is a favourite for watersports enthusiasts with gorge walking and bungee jumping lending themselves to the dramatic local landscape. Highland Safaris Mountain Biking and Trail Centre, who provide an award-winning authentic experience with a kilted ranger(!) in a Land Rover as well as close encounters with native wildlife at the Red Deer Centre, should also be on your itinerary.
Book a Aberfeldy holiday cottage to be your heavenly home-from-home or the annexe of your adventures today.