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The very centre of Scotland, geographically
Aberfeldy in general
Member Name: ClimaticFanatic
Aberfeldy in general
Date: 29/08/02, updated on 29/08/02 (153 review reads)
Advantages: crime free, scenic in extremis, invigorating
Disadvantages: classic fm has bad reception
Aberfeldy is 34 miles NW of perth, 50 miles north of stirling, 75 miles roughly from Edinburgh and Glasgow and 100 miles south of Inverness. Aberfeldy is actually the very centre of Scotland if you drew an "X" from its axis.
It has a population of about 1800 and has a primary and secondary school as well as an 18 hole golf club. Shops wise it has; a Gallery; newsagent (a good one with toys) a fantastic butcher (with great displays); a weird "are you being served" semi-department store that also sells antiques; a antuques shop; a great cheap chemist; a good chippy; a large coop that is open 7 days until 9pm!, a bookshop; an ironmonger, a petrol station, hairdresser(s) as well as a slew of coffeeshops and tourist traps. There are no pubs per say but three hotels where you can get a bevvy.
Being where it is - ie surrounded by land and far from the sea, Aberfeldy is blessed by having as continental a climate as is possible in Scotland. In the summer it is generally warmer than most main cities in the country and in the winter it gets lots of snow, but not enough to make life difficult. It lies in a valley, cut by glaciers and scourd by the fldgling river tay and so is protected by mountains either side - it really is rather beautiful.
Its a touristy wee place but is no Pitlochry due to it being 10 miles west of the A9.
The roads are quiet save the odd tractor and the air is clean (it sits 300 feet above sea level). You are liable to see pheasants, deer, red squirrels, buzzards, trout and salmon, otters and all sorts of wildlife and wildflowers that you may never have come across before except on tv or in print.
If you havent been and you fancy a great base in which to discover the delights of highland Perthshire then you could do a lot worse than Aberfeldy.
see www.heatlander.scotland.net or if you are in perthshire check out 97.5 fm highland perthshires own wee radio station. The best loc
al publication for Aberfeldy is The Comment, you cant miss its pink cover in any of the local shops.