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Aberfeldy PerthshireAberfeldy is situated at a bend of the mighty River Tay (the UK's largest) and 5km down stream from Loch Tay. There is a fine selection of local shops and restaurants around the main square.

At nearby Weem is historic Castle Menzies which dates from 1571.

Between the Jacobite wars of 1715 & 1745 the Military Roads of General Wade reached the area. In 1733 a bridge designed and built by William Adam was opened to carry the road across the Tay. Aberfeldy's first Post Office opened in 1787. Around this time there was a local cotton weaving industry. In 1865 the railway arrived as a branch line from Ballinluig to the west. Shortly afterwards a gas works was set up supplying coal gas for lighting to the town.

Tourists can visit Aberfeldy Water Mill which produces stone ground oatmeal or Dewar's World of Whisky at Aberfeldy Distillery (built in 1896).

There are ample opportunities for walking around the area with the Falls of Moness and the Birks of Aberfeldy (made famous by Robert Burns) perhaps the best know.

Golf is available at a number or local golf courses and the fishing opportunities of Perthshire are world renowned.

Loch Tay offers watersports and the Crannog Centre - a reconstruction of an Iron Age (2500 year old) dwelling built on timber stilts on the Loch.

 

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