Aberfeldy is located north west of Perth situated beside the river Tay, with Loch Tay and Glen Lyon beyond. Whilst there is evidence of previous settlements here, including a Roman fort, this sleepy market town was created in 1796. Its creation would have been accelerated once General Wade had built the crossing bridge over the Tay in 1733 to William Adam’s design.
Whilst the town has seen its fair share of industrialisation over the years, with railway lines, cotton mills and grain mills – all are now gone, and today it is recognised as a “Fair Trade Town” with a good selection of coffee establishments, restaurants and shops. It is a good example of a Scottish country town without the hustle and bustle of city life. These streets have seen the likes of Robert Burns, William Wordsworth and of course, JK Rowling lives locally today and can often be seen in town.
Historically this area is fascinating, with the Scottish Crannog Centre on Loch Tay explaining these Iron age loch dwellings as well Castle Menzies, the 16th century castle which was the seat of clan Menzies. The Black Watch regiment was formed in an area that became Aberfeldy back in 1740 and there is a very fine statue on the edge of town depicting a soldier, located close to Aberfeldy Golf Club.
On the outskirts of Aberfeldy is Aberfeldy Distillery, which is the Flagship visitor centre for the Dewar’s whisky brand. Home to a selection of whiskies including; Dewar’s White Label, Dewar’s 12 year old, Dewar’s 18 year old, Dewar’s Signature, Aberfeldy 12 year old and Aberfeldy 21 year old. Dewar’s World of Whisky Visitor Centre includes a café and gift shop, where you can purchase a dram and souvenirs to take home to remind you of your visit to Aberfeldy. This is a whisky attraction that is good for families.
With hills and glens, mountains and rivers, this area is where the East Coast meets the West Coast and is stunning for it and is a paradise for the activity minded. Sir Walter Scott when asked to sum up his walk up Glen Lyon described it as the “longest, loneliest and loveliest glen in Scotland”. Ben Lawers is the 10th highest Munro with it speak high above Loch Tay, and it attracts walkers and climbers of all ability. The 6 mile stretch of the river Tay from Aberfeldy to Grandtully offers all year round white water rafting and is always a great hit with the younger generation.
If you are looking for a large holiday house near Aberfeldy, then the Large Upmarket Lodge is the ideal accommodation for up to 18 people for a week or weekend. Fitted with a super modern kitchen, you can entertain in style in the traditional dining room or al fresco in the summer nights. Then take advantage of the 8-person hot tub and party the night away. It is just the perfect holiday house in Scotland, with plenty of activities on your doorstep. Contact Scotts Castle Holidays today for more information.