Local Area (Things to Do and See)

Tina and Jason would be happy to help you plan your trip, a day out, book a restaurant, organise transport and share their local knowledge to help you make the most of your time in Highland Perthshire.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Here are some useful starting points:

Culture

Pitlochry Festival Theatre

Plays, musicals, comedy, ceilidhs and concerts.

Birks Cinema

A community run, single-screen cinema.

Enchanted Forest

Britain’s biggest outdoor sound and light show takes place annually and is set in Faskally Woods.

Perthshire Amber

Annual arts festival with concerts, open mic, workshops, talks and music sessions.

Perthshire Open Studios

Annual nine day event where artists and makers throughout Perthshire and Kinross-Shire open their studios and workshops to the public.

Shopping

Aberfeldy Farmers’ Market

Found in the Town Square on the first Sunday of each month from April – October between 10am and 2pm. Local food, art and craft stalls.

Homer

A delightful homeware and lifestyle brand. Handpicked pieces and a mix of vintage and new furniture, quirky accessories and contemporary soft furnishings.

Spirit of Wood

Calum and Nicki have created a truly unique environment in which to showcase premium quality, solid wood furniture, giftware and home accessories – all hand-sourced. Well worth a visit

Haggarts

Scottish tweed and tailoring with art, letterpress and design by Ryan Hannigan.

The Watermill

Charming bookshop, café and gallery in a converted oatmeal mill in Aberfeldy.

House of Bruar

Scottish country clothing specialists and an extensive food hall which is hard to resist.

Our Great Outdoors

Adventure activities with Beyond Adventure

Outdoor activities including Open Canoeing (taster sessions) and guided trips, canyoning, gorge walking, Kayaking, Cycling tours, Indoor and Outdoor climbing and paddle-boarding.

Cycling

To aid your exploration, four Mountain bikes and 2 e-bikes (Electric assisted cycles) are permanently available for guests to hire and use during their stay. Each bike costs just £25/day (£40/day for the e-bike) and includes a helmet, rucksack, spares and maps. Available on a first come, first served basis. We have a myriad of cycle tracks and trails leading from our Guesthouse. We are able to drop / pick you up should you wish to explore a more remote location. We can provide a local Guide to accompany you, to ensure you don’t get lost.

Balnaguard Glen

Explore the wonderful juniper woodland which has been designated as a Site of Specific Scientific Interest.

Birks of Aberfeldy

A local walk along a natural fault in the landscape, through which the Birks flows freely. Magical falls and majestic trees line the route, giving inspiration to Robbie Burns famous poem, ‘the birks of Aberfeldy’.

Etape Caledonia

The UK’s leading closed road sportive taking in 81 miles of stunning Highland scenery.

Faskally Wood

Extensive woodland paths and picnic spots with loch side views, wildlife and home to the Enchanted Forest.

The Perthshire Gardens Collection

A collection of gardens who have been working together since 2001. These gardens include Scone Palace, Glendoick, Glamis, Branklyn, Blair Castle, Cluny, Dundee Botanics, Drummond, Explorers (Pitlochry), Pitmuies, and Cambo in Fife.

www.perthshiregardens.com

The Scottish Crannog Centre

A Crannog is an ancient Loch dwelling. Discover how and why these ancient people built their homes in the water, and experience first-hand how they lived. Tel: 01887 830 583

www.crannog.co.uk

Fishing and shooting

Permits for local salmon and trout fishing alongside world-class shooting and stalking on the neighbouring estates can be arranged. Please let us know on booking or arrival so we can make arrangements for you.

There is also some superb salmon and trout fishing to be had in the local rivers and Lochs. The salmon fishing on Loch Tay is some of the finest to be had in Scotland.

Local permits may be obtained from the following;
Wade’s Newsagents, Bank Street, Aberfeldy Tel: 01887 820 397
David Campbell, The Square, Aberfeldy Tel: 01887 829 545

For further information please refer to www.anglingintayside.co.uk

Fortingall

Beautiful hamlet and home to the 5000-year-old Fortingall Yew, the oldest living thing on Earth, the birthplace of Pontius Pilate and where a special Victorian Inn will happily serve you fine fayre.

Golf

Local courses are available to pay and play in: Strathtay, Mains of Taymouth (Kenmore), Aberfeldy and Pitlochry.

Highland Safaris

Landrover safaris, Loch Tay water Safaris, red deer centre and trail centre for walking and bikes.

Kenmore

A small village where Loch Tay meets the River Tay, home to one of Scotland most fabled Castles and where Queen Victoria and Prince Albert spent their Honeymoon.

Perthshire Big Tree Country

15 of the best tree and woodland sights throughout Perthshire, a perfect way to see some of Scotland’s finest tree specimens.

Walking

A gentle stroll on a forest trail, a Munro or two or anything in between. There are an abundance of walks to suit all levels from Fernbank Guesthouse and the surrounding areas. The Forestry Commission website gives comprehensive details of forest trails. We also have to hand maps for our Guests, whether your aspiration is Munros or Corbetts – Schiehallion, Ben Lawers, Ben Vrackie and many other hills, lie in wait. We will happily arrange experienced mountain guides to accompany you on your travels, should you wish.

Food and drink

Glen Lyon Coffee

Speciality coffee micro roasters in Aberfeldy.

Edradour

One of the smallest distilleries in Scotland, this unique farm distillery has been producing handmade single malt since 1825.

Dewars Whisky Distillery and Visitors Centre

The Dewars Family and their iconic Aberfeldy Malt are synonymous with our local Town and still solely distilled here. An award winning visitor attraction, where you can blend your own and revel in finding the taste of heaven.

Iain Burnett

Artisan chocolatier Iain Burnett makes exquisite truffles, pralines and Florentines. Don’t miss the gourmet hot chocolate in next door café Legends.

The Blackwatch Inn

Our local Public House, which also happens to have paid host to regimental gathering of the Black Watch Regiment for many years. From the beer garden you can see the Black Watch monument and the site where they first mustered as a regiment in 1776, soon to become the most fearful fighting force in the world.

Three Lemons

Jake and Kim will make you very welcome and their wood-fired pizzas are memorable.