It has been such an exciting couple of months in London that I haven’t dedicated much time to my other travels lately. I thought it would be the perfect day to visit the town of Aberfeldy in Perthshire in the Scottish Highlands. Aberfeldy is a small market town located close to Crieff and Pitlochry. It is not as geared to tourists as other towns in the area but it is certainly worth a visit.
Above you can see the town square and the derelict Birks cinema built in 1939 in the Art Deco style. This building is such a gem, it would be amazing if it was refurbished and used as a cinema or theatre once again. Oh! It looks like such a project is indeed underway by “The Friends of the Birks” and the patron of the project is the superb actor Alan Cumming who was born in Aberfeldy. This is great news!
During our visit to Aberfeldy, I was thrilled to see more examples of Scots Baronial Style architecture that we saw throughout our visit to Perthshire. This gothic revival style really inspired my imagination and I imagined creepy rain storms, mystery and intrigue in the Scottish Highlands.
Were it not for the sight of modern cars, you could easily imagine that you had stepped back to Victorian times when visiting Aberfeldy. Many of the shops had closed when we were there but I think this is a town that will see great growth and rejuvenation in the years to come, especially when the cinema reopens.
We had lunch in the Fountain restaurant behind the old Victorian water fountain. Of course, after a long walk through the town, we were enjoying lunch far too much to worry about taking photos!
If you look into the distance in the photo below, you can just make out the hills of the Scottish Highlands. Aberfeldy is known for its beautiful, scenic walks. Perhaps that is why JK Rowling recently bought a house nearby?
Our primary reason for visiting Aberfeldy had been to visit The Watermill, a famous bookshop, art gallery and coffee shop located at the edge of the town. The Watermill was so exciting that it deserves its very own post!
I will leave you at our approach to the bookshop and another view of the gorgeous scenery in the distance.
Situated in Perthshire, Aberfeldy is located at the intersection of the A826 to Crieff and the A827, which branches off the A9 to Pitlochry.