The small market town of Aberfeldy is found in gently undulating countryside on the River Tay. Made famous by Robert Burns, who spoke about The Birks within one of his works, it is the country's first "Fairtrade" town. This means that attractions and retailers in and around the area endeavour to promote organic, environmentally and Fairtrade services and products.
The Birks themselves are woodland gorges featuring rapids and waterfalls on the Moness Burn. The name comes from a Scottish name for birch trees and today, the network of bridges and footpaths make the journey upwards somewhat less treacherous than in 1787 when the famous poem was written. With a fairly heavy route on its left and an easier one on the right, it is well worth the two mile trek for the stunning views. Autumn is considered the best season to see them, although they are equally beautiful after
Within Aberfeldy there are several points of interest including a fountain in The Square, an Art Deco building on Chapel Street and The Watermill on Mill Street. This building was built in 1825 and is now an art gallery and book shop. There is a play area in Victoria Park and The Black Watch Memorial commemorates this famous Scots regiment and their first ever muster in 1740. Also worth a visit is Wade's Bridge, which crosses the Tay and was built in 1733, before the town existed.
Six miles away is Loch Tay, Perthshire's largest loch, framed by hillside cottage and farms and the impressive mountains. Home to 18 ancient dwellings known as crannogs, it is also a popular spot for watersports and sailing.