Things to do in Aberfeldy

Our most recommended things to do in Aberfeldy

Highland Lochs, Glens, and Whisky Tour from Edinburgh

1. Highland Lochs, Glens, and Whisky Tour from Edinburgh

Enjoy a full-day tour of the Scottish Heartlands departing Edinburgh and traveling in small groups for a more intimate experience. Take a scenic drive through Perthshire, looking at the lochs and glens of the Highlands. Cross the Forth Road Bridge, passing one of Scotland's great engineering wonders, and continue into the Kingdom of Fife. Pass Loch Leven Castle, where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned. Pass Perth, before crossing the Highland Boundary Fault line. Surrounded by beautiful scenery, on the banks of the River Tay, visit the cathedral town of Dunkeld and the Hermitage, to take a fantastic woodland walk up to the Black Linn Falls. Stop at the Victorian resort town of Pitlochry, and visit the great shops and restaurants, or take a stroll down towards Loch Faskally. See the unmistakable peak of Schiehallion, and beyond to the mountains of Glencoe.  Continue alongside Loch Tummel, and head past the spectacular 16th-century Castle Menzies towards the town of Aberfeldy and Dewars Whisky Distillery. After enjoying a dram of the "water of life," return to the lowlands and back to Edinburgh at approximately 6:30 PM.

Edinburgh: Ultimate Whisky Experience

2. Edinburgh: Ultimate Whisky Experience

Depart from Edinburgh and journey north to South Queensferry, where you will enjoy a photo stop of the Queensferry Bridges. Continue on to Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery for the first whisky-themed stop of the day. Spend 2 hours here for their Whisky and Chocolate tasting tour priced at £19.55 per person. Head on to Loch Lubnaig, and then to the Glenturret distillery. Located on the Turret River, just outside of Crieff, Glenturret Distillery is Scotland's oldest working distillery and still hand-crafts its whisky using the last remaining hand-operated mash tun in Scotland. Here, enjoy a tour and tasting at a cost of £15.

Aberfeldy: 4-Hour Water Rafting on Scotland's River Tay

3. Aberfeldy: 4-Hour Water Rafting on Scotland's River Tay

Feel the excitement of this adrenaline-fuelled white water rafting tour in the heart of one of the most picturesque countries in the world. This River Tay white water rafting tour is the most popular tour in Scotland, and is set on the largest river in the UK (by volume). Flowing through Aberfeldy, to Grandtully where the tour ends. The river continues on its way to Perth and then Dundee. Suitable for everyone aged eight and upwards, each raft is fully and safely led by a trained trip leader, and safety is covered in a comprehensive brief prior to the tour. During the tour, you'll learn and practice safety drills well before the most intense spots, ensuring a fun, safe experience for everyone. From the end of the tour, near Dundee, you will be transported back to Aberfeldy by coach to see the photography included in the ticket price.

From Aberfeldy: Full-Day White Water Rafting & River Bugging

4. From Aberfeldy: Full-Day White Water Rafting & River Bugging

On this full-day tour you will enjoy an adventure of both white water rafting and the new sport of river bugging. You start of the day at 09:30 with a white water rafting trip. This trip takes place on the River Tay, with the exception of the weekends between June and September when it takes place on the River Tummel. Both the River Tay and River Tummel rafting trips are great tours with both fun and adrenaline assured. The River Tay is a grade 2/3 river and the River Tummel is a grade 3/4 river. The half-day River Tay rafting trip is about 6 miles in distance, and starts from the old market town of Aberfeldy. Here the river winds lazily along the Tay Valley, through rolling hills and stunning scenery. This is an area with a diverse wildlife, which is best seen from the river. The paddle crew has ample opportunity to practice their newly learnt rafting skills with a variety of fun and challenging games before the river drops away and creates challenging rapids that flow down to Grandtully. In the afternoon you will try river bugging, the latest white water sport to hit the UK shores from New Zealand. Here you will sit in a 1-person raft similar to a giant inflatable armchair! River bugs are a great way to play on the river if you want that little bit more excitement, and are ideal for summer river levels as you don't have to wait for the rain to gain the thrills of the outdoors! After receiving expert instruction from the experienced river bug guides, you will get out on the river (complete with your webbed gloves) and negotiate your own path down the white water rapids with the help of the instructors.

Half-Day River Bug Rafting Adventure in Aberfeldy

5. Half-Day River Bug Rafting Adventure in Aberfeldy

River Bugging is the latest craze to hit the UK. Imported from the adrenaline-seeking shores of New Zealand, the sport is perfect for those who want to have fun on the water and ideally suited to summer river levels, as you don't have to wait for the rain to provide big water rapids. On this 3-hour adventure, you will receive expert instruction from an experienced guide before hitting the rapids in a thrilling river bug. It is like riding the river in a giant inflatable armchair! Splash has been offering river bugging in Scotland since 2003 and are the most experienced provider of this thrilling outdoor activity. You can negotiate your own path through the white water rapids under the expert guidance of a professional instructor. One of the very best adventure experiences there is in Scotland, when combined with some rafting or canyoning, you could enjoy a full day of fun in stunning scenery.

Abseiling Adventure Aberfeldy

6. Abseiling Adventure Aberfeldy

Situated on the edge of Aberfeldy, Weem wood cascades down a steep, rocky hillside, creating a fine backdrop for Castle Menzies. The ideal location to get close to nature and enjoy yourself with this adventure activity, Abseiling is a perfect way to conquer your fear of heights, develop new skills and enjoy a new view of the area. Let an expert guides assist you as you lower yourself down a vertical rock-face and overhang before gently reaching the ground. Come and experience the excitement of climbing on real rock in stunning Highland Perthshire. Under the guidance of your instructor experience the feel of climbing and the pleasure of reaching the top!

Stand Up Paddle Boards (SUPs) in Aberfeldy

7. Stand Up Paddle Boards (SUPs) in Aberfeldy

Stand Up Paddle Boarding is an off shot of traditional surfing which originated in Hawaii. A fairly new sport that has blossomed over the last few years, which has seen the sport diverge from the sea to the river. There is a full fleet of boards, ready to take you down the river on a SUP (Stand Up Paddle Board) and enjoy the stunning scenery of this beautiful Perthshire valley from a whole new viewpoint. This is an area with a diverse wildlife, which is best seen from the river, perfect for exploring the river in smaller groups, you can control your own journey while the expert guides keep a watchful eye over you to ensure your safety.

Aberfeldy: 4-Hour Duckies River Adventure

8. Aberfeldy: 4-Hour Duckies River Adventure

Duckies are a cross between a white water raft and a kayak, and provide the ultimate white water thrill for both beginners and more advanced paddlers. On this 4-hour adventure you will discover just how perfect they are for exploring the white water rapids in smaller groups. Ride down a 6-mile (10 kilometer) section of the River Tay on this wild trip! You can also control your own journey down the river while expert guides keep a watchful eye over you to ensure your safety. Duckies also have the advantage of running all year round, every day of the week. The more rain, the bigger the rapids! If you have already tried white water rafting, duckies are a great way to enjoy a different experience.

Perthshire: Tay White Water Rafting

9. Perthshire: Tay White Water Rafting

If you’ve never experienced White Water Rafting before, then this is the trip for you! On this white water rafting trip, you will float, paddle & play your way down the 6-mile stretch from Aberfeldy to Grandtully. Experience white water rapids and beautiful Scottish scenery as you enjoy your River Tay White Water Rafting trip. During the summer months, when we are lucky enough to see the sunshine instead of the rain, the river does get rather low. Therefore although it is still a beautiful trip for beginners, others may wish to explore some of our more adventurous activities.

Paintball in Aberfeldy

10. Paintball in Aberfeldy

There is nothing more exciting and exhilarating than paintball. Play paintball in the perfect atmosphere and location, it is a great team game and great for a team building exercise. This activity caters to all experience levels from beginners to veteran paintballers. There is  a range of exciting paintball games you can compete in, and a dedicated team of trained staff that will make sure your day is tailored to your specific requirements If you are looking to engage in tactical activities that requires teamwork and team building then paintball is perfect for you. Paintball is ideal for large groups, making this the perfect activity for your corporate team building days out, stag weekends, hen weekends or just a group of friends. The games are suitable for both adults and children, so they can enjoy the adventure without all the rough and tumble! Some of the paintball games offered are: No retreat - No surrender: Hold the position against the attacking horde! Fatal extraction: Your team must relieve your forward patrol before the enemy overruns them Hunter Killas:Your team has to sweep the scrub remove all hostile elements Ambush Ally: Return to your outpost and expect trouble! Take the plateau: Your team slogs it out in close combat to occupy the same objective Snipers: Take out the enemy using guile and cunning or just survive! Go wild in the wild: Get a head count

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What people are saying about Aberfeldy

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 280 reviews

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Stuart B, our Scottish kilted tour guide and driver was great, shared stories, great music, and the way he weaved the sights while traveling on the bus with music and stories of history, myth, and lore was so good and made the time fly, traveling for 9.5 hours seemed to just fly! Dunkeld was one of the first stops and was a lovely walk in rain through woodlands alongside the River Tay, then a short drive to the waterfalls of Hermitage which was a sight to behold! We had lunch in Pitlochry and had a walk around the town and sampled the local Whisky ice cream which felt wrong on a rainy day but still was a memory to treasure. The next stop was The Queens View at Loch Tummel which is a view all should try to see, truly special! The last stop, Dewar's World of Whisky was a great way to end the trip, The distillery was a great experience and the tasting (especially from the cask) was eye-opening. Last but not least, the Glens are so beautiful too!

Instructor was very knowledgeable and put us at ease very quickly. We were very lucky with the weather which just made the whole experience fantastic. Would highly recommend this company to friends and family and we will definitely be back . Saoirse was so patient and encouraging. She was very knowledgeable and had a healthy respect for the surrounding environment and it beauty. Made our trip very special . Hope her wasp sting is better !!

We had a wonderful day well planned by our driver/guide Fiona … We even managed to see the pipe bands in Pitlochry due to Fiona’s planning

Frankie was brilliant, made us all feel very relaxed and we all had a great time, would highly recommend this activity!

Great day trip. Our guide Stuart Baillie was wonderful.