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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 recomendation 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. 

NEW BOOK ABOUT ABERFELDY & AREA PUBLISHED BY THE WATERMILL...

A Winter Journey is a collection of more than 90 stunning photographs and montages taken in one winter month by James Millar.  published by The Watermill on 2nd September it costs £9.99 (post £2.90). 

In the art gallery our exhibition A I R: Space opens on 6 October - a wide ranging collection of work by the seven members of Artists in Rannoch (A I R). You can see a selection of works here

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, has just opened in Fort William.  It is the first dedicated bookshop in the town for many years. You can find out more on the Highland Bookshop Facebook page 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

Where To Find Us

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

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Up and Coming Events

Thursday 28th Dec (11 - 11:30am)

Christmas Story Time

Half an hour of Christmas story telling for 4 - 7 year olds. Free event - just turn up!

Tuesday 2nd Jan (11- 11:30 am)

Festive Story Time

Half an hour of festive story telling for 4 - 7 year olds. Free event - just turn up!

Thursday 22nd Feb (19.00)

Sandy Allan 'In Some Lost Place'

Sandy Allan will be talking about his book 'In Some Lost place' Sandy was born and raised in Dalwhinnie in the Highlands of Scotland and has been climbing since his teens. He established many hard new winter and mixed climbs in Scotland and has guided clients to the summits of many of the highest mountains in the world, including Mount Everest, Cho Oyu and Nanga Parbat. In 2012 he and his partner Rick Allen completed the first ascent of the Mazeno Ridge of Nanga Parbat. In recognition of their ascent, Rick and Sandy were awarded the 2013 Piolet d’Or.

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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.

Sunshine and snow

Posted: Sat 14th Jan

Life is good It's a wonderful crisp, sunny, snowy day here at The Watermill. The baristas are working to a soundtrack of mellow jazz and the coffee smells fantastic. People stamp the snow off their boots as they come in and either go down for a cup of something warming or upstairs for a wander through the gallery or set about having a serious browse among the books. A customer is in a comfy chair between the poetry section and Thrillers having a quiet read. Life is good!!

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