After weeks of school, work, clubs and juggling our time we were all desperate for some time together as a family. On our first day in Scotland we were all itching for a walk and after a yummy lunch in a cafe in Aberfeldy we set off to discover the infamous Birks of Aberfeldy...
The Birks of Aberfeldy is a circular walk through mature mixed woodland on the western outskirts of Aberfeldy. Originally called the Dens of Moness, the birks (from the Scots for birch trees) overlook the Falls of Moness and lines the slopes of the Moness gorge. The Birks of Aberfeldy were named after a poem of the same name by Scotland’s national bard, Robert Burns, who penned The Birks o’Aberfeldie in 1787.
The walk takes you through dense woodland, up steep gorges and hugs the river as it tumbles down waterfalls and rapids. Along the way you pass Burns Seat where it is reputed that Robert Burns wrote the poem 'The Birks of Aberfeldy' in the late 18th Century. as you work you way up you can hear the Falls of Moness which is a dramatic waterfall cascading down a steep gorge.
The walk isn't long, we bimbled along and took a good couple of hours as we kept stopping and taking in the scenery. Also Lily has started to get into her photography so Tony spent time teaching her a range of skills along the way. A proud moment for him I am sure as an ex-professional photographer!
The most magical thing about this is that we spend two house together, as a family without a screen in sight (apart from the screen on the cameras). I cannot stress enough how amazing it was to be off grid for this holiday and for the kids it enabled them to rekindle their relationships which was a delight to see.
So go on, try it. Go off grid once in a while. It is worth it!
Distance: 4km/2.5 miles
Time: 1h 15 mins