Aberfeldy Watermill Bookshop
Aberfeldy Watermill Bookshop opened in 2005 by Michael Palin, has established itself as one of the very best, which is recognised by being included in a book of the '75 Greatest Bookshops in the World'.
We are not surprised, as soon as you step in the door, you can feel the atmosphere, a bit like the low hum from a hive of bees, as people up and down its four levels pour over books and talk, quietly. Books everywhere organised in categories positioned to give you the best opportunity to find that book that you did not know existed. Every time we visit the watermill we leave with a book or should I say books, it seems infectious, the shear choice and selection is brilliant.
The books are expertly laid out in categories which include; local interest; Scottish history, fiction, young adult fiction, children’s books, poetry, travel writing, gardening, cookery, history and much more all very carefully chosen by people who know their market.
There are also regular art exhibitions and a good selection of CDs too.
The café down stairs creates the lovely smell of coffee that peculates through the building, the low hum of conversation, from the basement, which can be partly seen from the gallery in upper floors. The clink of plates and cutlery as food is served and hot drinks are ordered. Be warned the Watermill Café is very popular – you can phone ahead and book a table for lunch.
Aberfeldy Watermill Bookshop publishes its own books, it features selected books and periodically there are book launches with authors talking about their latest publications. These are all well worth keep an eye out for, when you plan your visit.
The Aberfeldy Watermill Book Shop is located just behind MacDonald Butchers in the main street. It has its own car park. To get to the watermill car park, drive down the lane alongside MacDonald Butchers, you will see the Watermill Bookshop, drive past it and on your right is their car park.
The Aberfeldy Watermill Book Shop is open all year seven days a week, 10am - 5.00pm (5.30pm April-October). From 11am on Sundays.