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Sitting almost exactly in the centre of Scotland Aberfeldy, Loch Tay and Glen Lyon is a picture postcard area of superlatives and surprises just waiting to be explored.
Aberfeldy is situated on Scotland's longest river, the River Tay in highland Perthshire. The town grew up around Wade's Bridge, the first bridge built across the Upper River Tay in 1733 by the English general who subjugated the highlands after Bonnie Prince Charlie's rebellion in 1745. Famous for the 'Birks of Aberfeldy', a poem penned by Robert Burns in 1787 in memory of the beautiful Falls of Moness, Aberfeldy has now become one of Scotland's best-known holiday towns.
Today the river attracts 1000's of people to sample its white water in inflatable rafts and white water kayaks and its more relaxing sections in Open Canoes and white water kayaks. There are many rafting companies and two white water kayaking / open canoeing businesses, national kayak school & Beyond Adventure. During the summer other Dam controlled rivers release more wonderful white water , especially worth a visit is the Linn of Tummel on a saturday lunchtime to watch the carnage as rafts full of adrenaline junkies hurl themselves over the falls (Linn).
The River now has an extensive path network along its banks suitable for walkers, bikes and horses running from Grandtully 10 miles via Aberfeldy to Kenmore.
Today, visitors can watch tasty Scottish delicacies being produced at the Breadalbane Bakery, visit Dewar's World of Whisky, a working distillery which now houses a modern and high tech interactive whisky presentation and enjoy outdoor pursuits of all kinds from walking and golfing to white water rafting and abseiling.
From Aberfeldy, visit the stunning natural beauty of Loch Tay and the conservation village of Kenmore; the unique iron age Scottish Crannog Centre; Perthshire's highest mountain Ben Lawers at 1214 m (3,984 feet); and Glenlyon "the longest and loveliest glen in Scotland". The area also boasts the 16th Century tower house Castle Menzies and Fortingall, a village where legend has it Pontious Pilate, who ordered the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, was born. Fortingall is also home to the Fortingall Yew, a tree between 3,000 - 5,000 years old that is believed to be the oldest living thing in Europe.
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Aberfeldy on the tourist board website.
Visitors can book accommodation in Aberfeldy online via the visitscotland.com website: