A few weeks ago my family and I went on a wee trip away to Aberfeldy, Perthshire. The drive up there was gorgeous, through the rolling hills and we had beautiful weather which made it all the better. Here I am going to share about a recent trip to Aberfeldy and some top tips.
Where to Stay in Aberfeldy
We stayed at the Moness Resort, which is just on the outskirts of the town. Moness is a resort that has cottages and hotel rooms to stay in. It also has a Spa, Swimming Pool and restaurants so is great for a family getaway. We (5 adults and 1 child) stayed in a 2 bedroomed cottage, which had a double en-suite room, a twin room and an open plan living room/ kitchen which had a sofa bed in it. The cottage was really spacious and had a great outlook onto the hills surrounding Aberfeldy.
We made great use of the swimming pool, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi. The pool was nice a warm and the facilities really clean. It was a good spacious spa area and was quite relaxing despite the number of kids! One disappointing thing I would say is you are not allowed to use the swimming pool after check out. Check Out is at 10 am which is a complete rush in the morning and so no way are you going to be able to get up, packed and manage to squeeze in a swim in the morning. This is the second time we have stayed at Moness and I would say is one downside is the rushed check out.
There are other places in town some lovely B&B’s and Hotels. I know my family always stay in The Townhouse which comes highly recommended although I’ve never stayed there. The campsite isn’t bad either.
Where to Eat in Aberfeldy
The great thing about Moness is it is within a walking distance of the town centre. We went for a walk down into town, looked at a few of the shops and ended up in the Black Watch Pub. It has a beer garden and on this particular day was a sun trap. We sat out all day and had our evening meal here. Most of us ordered steak and it was delicious! The waiting staff were really attentive and it was a great evening. My mum’s family comes from Aberfeldy and everyone we came across was so friendly.
What to Do in Aberfeldy
One place we did visit was the Highland Safari Visitor Centre, this is a great place. It has something for everyone. There is the opportunity to go on a 4×4 tour of the surrounding area – I have been on this tour before and it was excellent, although we did have nice clear weather. At the centre, there is deer centre, a nature trail, an owl experience as well as a park and cafe.
We had a shot at Gold Panning. When I read about gold panning, I thought it was something pre-engineered for kids. I was surprised to find that instead we actually got a bucket full of what looked like sand but when you cleaned it under running water there were all sorts of precious stones. We went thinking my 4-year-old nephew would love it, but he ended up hanging out in his ‘headquarters’ in the park whilst us adults panned for gold. Unfortunately, we didn’t find gold but did find a whole load of other stones like quartz and amber.
On the Sunday morning when we were there, there was a farmers market in the town square. It was nice to have a wander round and I ended up buying a few locally sourced products. Including Chutney, Cheese and a bottle of Eden Mill Gin! Of Course!
There is the Birks O’ Aberfeldy to walk up if you’re feeling athletic. I still haven’t gone all the way up them yet but keep meaning to do so! There also is some other great walks around here, as well as Dewar’s World of Whisky if you’re into that. Nearby Pitlochry is also lovely for walks, sightseeing, and shopping.
Where to Book
I highly recommend a visit to Perthshire and Aberfeldy in particular. Moness is a great place to base yourself, there always seems to be deals on Groupon etc. But I would recommend looking to book directly too as I’ve always managed to get some great deals.
The Highland Safari 4×4 trip needs to be booked in advance but you can go to the visitors centre without booking.
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