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Watermill Bookshop features on list of 'World's Greatest Bookshops'

The New Yorker has included The Watermill in a book of the '75 Greatest Bookshops in the World'. Our inclusion among bookshops from San Francisco to Venice (via Aberfeldy) came after recommendation from Michael Palin. 

Situated in the heart of Aberfeldy, Perthshire, The Watermill is a unique combination of award-winning bookshop, gallery, cafè and design-led homeware, on three floors of a converted oatmeal mill. 

The Watermill was opened in 2005 by Michael Palin, less than two years after owners Kevin and Jayne Ramage first viewed the derelict but enchanting listed mill building with the idea of creating a place to pursue a passion for books, music, art and coffee. 

'You could while away several hours' Lonely Planet 

'All-round life enhancer' Scotland the Best   

We were awarded UK Independent Bookshop of the Year in 2009. In the café you can enjoy fine teas and coffee with something sweet or savoury from our menu whilst you browse the books or ponder a purchase. 

In the art gallery our current exhibition is Finding Our Way - A History of Scottish Maps. This will be followed from 8th September with an outstanding collection of work by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham - see here for more details.

Homer our homeware shop, is next door (01887 820802). Here you will find an inspiring collection of decorative accessories and essential items for your home. Just around the corner is the Homer Furniture Department selling new and vintage furniture, lighting and rugs.

Find Us - The Watermill is in Aberfeldy, in the heart of Highland Perthshire. If you're coming from Glasgow or Edinburgh, you can be here in an hour and a half. See our directions. The bookshop and cafe are wheelchair accesible. The top floor gallery is up one flight of stairs.

The Highland Bookshop, a sister shop to The Watermill, opened in July 2017 in Fort William.  It is the first dedicated bookshop in the town for many years. You can find out more about the Highland Bookshop here.

We look forward to seeing you!

Jayne & Kevin Ramage           We are open all year seven days a week, 10am - 5.00pm  (5.30pm April-October). We open at 11am on Sunday

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We are open seven days a week 10-5pm (11-5pm Sunday). Mill Street, Aberfeldy, PH15 2BG. 01887 822896

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Watermill Blog

Finding Our Way - A History of Scottish Maps

Posted: Fri 31st Aug

This weekend is the last chance to see our very popular Maps and Mapping Exhibition in Aberfeldy. It ends on Sunday 2nd September but don't worry you haven't missed it completely! You will be able to see the collection of fascinating old maps in our sister shop, The Highland Bookshop in Fort William from Saturday 8th September.

Highland Bookshop Fort William

Posted: Tue 22nd Aug

Going West? The Highland Bookshop, a sister shop to The Watermill has just opened in Fort William. A joint venture between Watermill owners Jayne & Kevin Ramage and Lochaber author Angus MacDonald, it is the first dedicated bookshop in the town for many years. You can find out more on the Highland Bookshop Facebook page here.

Jamie Grant to open Winter Words 2017

Posted: Tue 31st Jan

Watermill Books author and photographer Jamie Grant is opening this year’s Winter Words Festival at Pitlochy Festival Theatre with an iillustrated account of the sub-Antarctic isle of South Georgia on the 16th of February. He spent the 2015-16 austral summer on the island as Artist in Residence for The South Georgia Heritage Trust (SGHT) and published ‘Summer in South Georgia,’ with Watermill Books in September 2016. Tickets can be booked via Pitlochry Theatre website.

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