Perth and Kinross

Bridge over River Tay, Aberfeldy
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Bridge over River Tay, Aberfeldy

A town in central Perth and Kinross, Aberfeldy lies on the south side of the River Tay 13 miles (21 km) southwest of Pitlochry. It stands astride the Urlar Burn a mile (1.5 km) to the north of the Falls of Moness which are said to have inspired Robert Burns, who visited the town in 1787 to write 'The Birks of Aberfeldy'. The Tay is crossed here by a magnificent 112-metre-long five-arched bridge built in 1733 by the military road builder General Wade to a design by William Adam.

A monument erected near the bridge in 1887 commemorates the raising of the Black Watch Regiment here in 1740. In the late 18th Century Aberfeldy developed around small woollen mills. It later flourished as a summer resort. Today, in addition to timeshare tourist accommodation, the town has an oatmill (restored in 1987 but now an art gallery and bookshop), a distillery, a Recreation Centre and an 18-hole golf course.

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