Monthly Archives: January 2014

Aberfeldy, Perthshire

 

(My first ever post on Blogger)

I am sat in my parents house, in Scotland. Another country in fact.

A place where I came on holiday as a kid, a place where it always rains, and a place that is beautiful, but 300 miles away from where I live, so it brings back memories, makes me think, and brings a number of images to the forefront of my mind.

The newly re-opened Birks cinema in Aberfeldy town centre

The newly re-opened Birks cinema in Aberfeldy town centre

This started me off, belatedly to thinking of starting a blog, to write about things that interest me – travel, photography and people in places that I have been or plan to go to.

Not the first blog in this area I am sure, but its my first one, so lets see how we get on.

So what about Aberfeldy and the surrounding area? 

I have been here many times, and it never changes, sitting in Perthshire, down the road from the main A9, but far enough off the beaten track to be another world.

General Wade

General Wade stands aloft overlooking his famous bridge over the river Tay

Beyond its association with Burns, who mentioned Aberfeldy in his poem The Birks of Aberfeldy, the town is known for “Wade’s Bridge”, built in 1733 and designed by architect William Adam, father of the more famousRobert Adam. General Wade considered this bridge to be his greatest accomplishment. Aberfeldy is also mentioned in the traditional Loch Tay Boat Song.

The Birks of Aberfeldy

The town also includes a memorial to the Black Watch, an 18-hole golf course, a children’s park, and a town square that features stores, restaurants and art galleries. In 2002, Aberfeldy was granted Fairtrade Town status, which was renewed by the Fairtrade Foundation on 15 December 2003.

Dewar's world of whisky

Dewar’s world of whisky

The Aberfeldy Footbridge over the River Tay is constructed entirely of composite materials. It connects two holes of the town’s golf course on either sie of the River Tay (All courtesy of Wikipedia).

Dewars Distillery

The recently refurbished Birks cinema – a fantastic community effort that is a credit to all involved. With cinema, cafe and bar, the Birks is restored to its former glory. I remember seeing Rollerball here as a kid…..

I will keep revisiting these pages, as I will always be visiting this spot to remember the past

A Birk in Aberfeldy

A Birk in Aberfeldy