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Aberfeldy is a bustling market town south of the River Tay that is wrapped in the wild and folksy romanticism displayed in the novels of Sir Walter Scott and the poems of Rabbie Burns. A rugged, tranquil landscape of rolling green hills, wooded glens and dark grey mountains, it is easy to see how it inspired Scotland's most beloved poet, Robert Burns, in composing his poem "The Birks of Aberfeldy". A town with its feet planted firmly in the roots of its past. The locals have a strong sense of pride in their heritage and many of the best places to stay in Aberfeldy are charming, quintessentially Scottish, properties.
Crossing over the 18th-century bridge that leads to Aberfeldy, you are immediately struck by the sprawling mass of granite houses that makes up the little town. The square is the beating heart, full of charming old-fashioned pubs and restaurants serving hearty pub-grub and regional fare, while all around you are mountains looming in the distance and faded hills rolling off into the horizon. Walking outside of the town, you can trace Burns' steps as he composed his beautiful poem, "The Birks of Aberfeldy", walking along the path that he once trod, past waterfalls and birch trees, beyond which lies an ancient stone circle.
Many come to Perthshire for the whiskey and Aberfeldy is no exception. The Aberfeldy Distillery has been going strong for centuries and has a proud tradition. A recent development has been their Dewar's World of Whiskey, a popular visitor attraction, where guests can partake in tastings and see the process of distilling in action. Castle Menzies is another huge local highlight, the seat of the Menzies Clan from the 16th century onwards, the castle is a wonderful fusion of Highland fort and Renaissance styles, and is where Bonnie Prince Charlie stayed for two days while he mustered his army for the Rebellion.
What not to miss
- Castle Menzies is the seat of the Menzies clan. A 16th-century castle made of a fusion between Renaissance architecture and the styles of medieval highland fortifications.
- Aberfeldy Distiller has been going strong for a great many years, they take their whiskey seriously here. Check out their Dewar's World of Whiskey, a popular visitor attraction, where you can taste whiskey or see the process in action on a guided tour.
- A number of companies offer adrenaline pumping activities such as white water rafting, abseiling, gorge walking, canoeing and mountain biking - a fun and immersive way of exploring the countryside!
- Aberfeldy Watermill is a lovely converted oatmeal mill on the outskirts of town. It is a wonderful place for a quiet bite to eat and is perfect for relaxing after a long day of hiking.
- The Birks of Aberfeldy is where Rabbie Burns composed one of his most famous poems, it is full of birch trees, lovely glens and waterfalls - making it a popular place for walking.
With so much to offer, this is a popular spot, so in order to ensure a room at one of the best places to stay in Aberfeldy we recommend you book well in advance.
The best places to stay in Aberfeldy
- Errichel House and Restaurant is a beautiful country house with lovely rural views, offering cottages and delightful rooms. There is a restaurant serving sumptuous cuisine and the place is ideal for long walks through the rugged countryside.
- Brae House is a charming B&B with three rooms on the banks of the River Tay. Intimate and surrounded by stunning landscape, it is in an idyllic location that's ideal for exploring the town.
- Fortingall Hotel is a traditional Highland country house surrounded by beautiful landscapes. A perfect country escape, it is near some great shooting estates and castle ruins. There are roaring fireplaces, a restaurant and pub serving hearty regional fare.
- Offering both a spectacular rural setting and simple contemporary style (with lovely indulgent bathrooms), The Steading is the perfect spot for a tranquil hideaway.
For an apartment or cottage
- If you would prefer something self-catered we recommend searching on our online partner Booking.com's website which has a wide range of cottages and apartments in the nearby area.
- Fly to Edinburgh International Airport and then get a train to Perth, from where you can get a taxi or a bus to Aberfeldy.
- If you want to hire a car, contact our partner Rentalcars.
- There is really never a bad time to visit Scotland. The landscape's wild and rugged glens and mountains are as pure and beautiful in winter as they are in the summertime. During summer, the temperature tends to glide between 10 and 19 degrees, while in winter it darts between 7 and 1 degrees.
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Best Hotels in Aberfeldy
Brae House 3 rooms from £102Aberfeldy
Quiet and unassuming, Brae House is lovely B&B on the banks of the Tay. Featuring comfortable rooms and a delightful sitting room in which to relax. It is a great spot for those looking for a relaxed place to stay in Aberfeldy.Local exploring - A lovely spot from which to explore Aberfeldy and the surrounding countryside.Fishing - Take a rod on the Tay, one of the UK's most famous salmon rivers.Great walks - Go walking along the banks of the River Tay.
The Steading 3 rooms from £115Aberfeldy
A contemporary B&B boasting a spectacular setting in the Scottish Highland's. Beautifully designed rooms are minimalist and light, they benefit from well-appointed modern bathrooms. Superlative breakfasts are served using all local produce. A rural hideaway of exemplary standards.Back to Nature - Set in a seclduded spot surrounded by the Scottish Highlands, find wildlife and outdoor pursuits in abundance.Great walks - Explore the Highlands on long walks starting straight from the property.Sights nearby - Visit the fascinating visit Castle Menzies in Aberfeldy.Fishing - Salmon and trout fishing are both possible nearby.
Errichel House and Restaurant 4 rooms from £139Aberfeldy
Set in a lovely house overlooking the glens surrounding Aberfeldy, Errichel House and Restaurant is a delightful guesthouse offering luxury cottages as well as delightful rooms. Errichel is a great spot for those looking to explore the beautiful countryside surrounding Aberfeldy.Sights nearby - Visit Killiecrankie, the sight of the famous redcoat Soldier's Leap.Great walks - The surrounding area is full of lovely walking routes.Local markets - Go into the Aberfeldy country market on Sundays.Romantic - Good for couples.
Fortingall Hotel 10 rooms from £190Aberfeldy, Perthshire
Lovely country house in beautiful Perthshire. Traditional cosy rooms with large sash windows and oh-so comfortable beds. A sitting room with a roaring fire to sink into, with a whisky, after a day outdoors. Stunning cuisine with the emphasis on local produce. The perfect country escape.Active Holiday - At the gateway to Scotland and with ample choice of outdoor activities right on the doorstep from hiking to shooting and biking.Country Escape - Cosy up by the fire, eat hearty traditional fare, venture into the great outdoors and collapse onto your cosy bed.Fishing - Salmon fishing on the Rivers Lyon and Tay, and trout fishing on Loch Farleyer and Loch Kinardochy can be arranged.Great walks - Endless choices of walks whether it be an amble around Fortingall or a day excursion covering four Munros.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide