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Watermill Gallery at Edinburgh Art Fair

Wed 8th Oct 14 by The Watermill

We will be exhibiting at Edinburgh Art Fair 14-16 November. Classic modern prints including Hepworth, Pasmore, Picasso. Also contemporary Scottish artists. More details to follow... ..read more

Winter Words programmes at The Watermill

Sun 26th Jan 14 by The Watermill

You can pick up copies of the programme for the Winter Words Literature Festival from The Watermill. The Festival is at Pitlochry Theatre from 14-22 Feb and includes Jamie Grant talking about his book 'Winter in Glen Lyon', published by The Watermill. ..read more

Jamie Grant Winter in Glen Lyon talk at JMT

Wed 6th Nov 13 by The Watermill

Jamie Grant is giving an illustrated talk about his book Winter in Glen Lyon this Saturday 9th of November at the John Muir Trust in Pitlochry, at 11.30 and again at 2.30. He will be showing lots of images and chatting about this ten year long project to capture the landscapes, people and spirit of Scotland’s longest glen. ..read more

Signed Ian Rankin books

Sat 2nd Nov 13 by The Watermill

Ian Rankin was in The Watermill today signing copies of his latest, 'Saints of the Shadow Bible'. Call 01887 822896 to order. ..read more

Nancy Fuller exhibition magazine feature

Mon 5th Aug 13 by The Watermill

Our current exhibition of Nancy Fuller's dramatic ceramics has featured in a wonderful article in Craft Scotland. For a link please click on the heading above. ..read more

Amazon in new controversey

Mon 5th Aug 13 by The Watermill

Channel 4 News has found that employees at Amazon's East Midlands warehouse were given zero-hour contracts and only had a 30-minute lunch break every 10-hour shift, 20 minutes of which were spent walking to the canteen and back. Click on heading for link to the full article in The Bookseller. ..read more

Ring of Breadalbane circular bus starts 29 June

Sat 15th Jun 13 by The Watermill

3-4 times a day, four days a week, connecting Aberfeldy/Killin/Lochearnhead/Crieff this is a brilliant resource for walking, cycling or just getting around without a car. The timetable is our 'Aberfeldy' page. The service is operating from 29 June to 20 October. ..read more

Order e-books from Watermill online

Fri 31st May 13 by The Watermill

You can now order e-books (but NOT Kindle) from our online portal - you'll find the link on our BOOKS page ..read more

Highland Perthshire Cycling Festival in Aberfeldy

Wed 8th May 13 by The Watermill

This Saturday 11 May 11am-4pm is the Cycling Festival BIG DAY. A family, fun-filled day of cycling with cycling display teams, demos, try-outs and much more! In Victoria Park, Aberfeldy, PH15 2EQ - and The Watermill is just up the road when you need a coffee break! ..read more

Homer Expands!

Sun 31st Mar 13 by The Watermill

We are opening another branch of Homer in Aberfeldy on 13th April - click on link opposite see www.athomer.co.uk for details. The new shop will showcase vintage furniture, lighting, rugs and larger home accessories. ..read more

New Murray Grigor image

Sat 8th Dec 12 by The Watermill

Click on heading for link to new image St Andrews Cathedral Engulfed ..read more

Piper at The Watermill wins World title

Sun 2nd Dec 12 by The Watermill

Click on the heading for link to video of Aberfeldy piper Harry McLachlan playing in The Watermill - Harry won several first prizes in the World Online Piping & Drumming Championship. ..read more

Micheal Palin Brazil signed copies

Thu 18th Oct 12 by The Watermill

We've got a few signed copies of Michael Palin's new book 'Brazil'. Will be a great present. First come first served! ..read more

Fauna Scotica book launch great success

Sun 14th Oct 12 by The Watermill

Two events have recently taken place at The Watermill to launch Polly Pullar's stunning new book 'Fauna Scotica', with nearly 100 copies sold already. Signed copies are available. Click on the heading to see a photo and for link to order the book. ..read more

Aberfeldy Adventure Festival 25&26 Aug

Wed 15th Aug 12 by The Watermill

Aberfeldy Recreation Centre is the centre for a fantastic weekend of family outdoors activities, including kayaking, climbing, mountain biking and open water swimming - all at very affordable prices. Why not come to Aberfeldy for the weekend, get fit and then spoil it all with cake at The Watermill. Click on the blog heading for link to downloadable brochure. ..read more

Birks Cinema Manager wanted

Fri 10th Aug 12 by The Watermill

The renovation of the Birks Cinema in Aberfeldy is pressing ahead (opening Spring 2013). Recruitment has started for the Manager - details at www.birkscinema.co.uk - applications close 31 August. ..read more

Great new circular bus service for the summer

Tue 17th Jul 12 by The Watermill

The Watermill has sponsored the fantastic three-hour circular bus route running from Aberfeldy - Killin - Comrie - Crieff. Click on the blog title above to get full description and link to timetable. ..read more

Following Our Fathers by Linda Cracknell review

Thu 12th Apr 12 by The Watermill

Click on the heading above for a link to a really good review in 'Northwords' of Aberfeldy author Linda Cracknell's latest book 'Following Our Fathers - Two Journeys among Mountains' (£6).' ..read more

Amazon pays NO tax

Thu 5th Apr 12 by The Watermill

Amazon pays NO UK tax on £3.3bn sales - (Guardian 5/4/12). But it takes government money for its new distribution centre and its lorries use the roads. Its employees will use hospitals, schools and public transport. It's time to boycott these giants who wilfully avoid taxes. ..read more

Watermill on STV news 6.15 tonight

Mon 27th Feb 12 by The Watermill

The Watermill and Aberfeldy Fairtrade are due to be on STV news at about 6.15 tonight (Monday 27th). STV are doing a piece about Fairtrade Fortnight (27 Feb - 11 March) and 10th anniversary of Aberfeldy as Scotland's first Fairtrade town. ..read more

Aberfeldy Birks Cinema to reopen

Sun 12th Feb 12 by The Watermill

The last piece of funding is now in place to enable the re-opening of Aberfeldy's Art Deco Birks Cinema, in 2013. The Watermill actively participated in the fundraising campaign, donating £10,000. For the full story click on the heading ..read more

Jewel in the Crown

Sat 24th Dec 11 by The Watermill

Really nice piece in the Press and Journal, described The Watermill as 'The Jewel in the Crown' - click on the heading above (Jewel in the Crown) for the link to the article ..read more

Christmas Eve

Sat 24th Dec 11 by The Watermill

A big thank you to all our customers who continue to make the Watermill such a rewarding place to be - in terms of fun, banter and culture. We look forward to seeing those of you who will be visiting over the holiday period and wish all of you health and happiness for the New Year. Kevin and Jayne ..read more

Good weather - great weekend for shopping

Sat 17th Dec 11 by The Watermill

Forecast is calm and crisp, roads are fine - perfect for a trip to Aberfeldy for Christmas shopping in style and comfort at The Watermill and Homer, your labours reinforced with a hot chocolate and cake. Look forward to seeing you! ..read more

Signed by Mairi Hedderwick

Mon 17th Oct 11 by The Watermill

We have got signed copies of several books by Mairi Hedderwick including Hebridean Desk Diary, Katie Morag's Island Stories, Sea Change and Highland Journey, but stocks are limited. ..read more

Screen Machine back in Aberfeldy

Sat 3rd Sep 11 by The Watermill

Tues 13 and Wed 14 September -The Screen Machine returns to Aberfeldy. Films include 'Cars' (U), Beginners (15), Harry Potter & Deathly Hallows Part 2 (12a), Bridesmaids (15). Click for full programme times and booking details ..read more

David Peat exhibition off to flying start...

Tue 14th Jun 11 by The Watermill

Seventy people crammed in to The Watermill Gallery for the opening night of 'Through the Looking Glass' and over 20 prints were sold. Photos of the evening... ..read more

David Peat exhibition featured in today's Scotsman

Sat 28th May 11 by The Watermill

Today's Scotsman carries a two-page feature about documentary film-maker and photographer David Peat, whose life-work in still photopgraphy will be a solo exhibition at The Watermill Gallery, opening Saturday 11th June... ..read more

Mark Beaumont talk huge success...

Sat 14th May 11 by The Watermill

Today's talk by Mark Beaumont, sponsored by The Watermill was a huge success, attended by over 300 people... ..read more

Etape Caledonia - Watermill open as usual...

Sat 14th May 11 by The Watermill

Sunday May 15th is the Etape Caledonia cycle event, when Highland Perthshire welcomes 4,5000. cyclists. Access to Aberfeldy from the A9 via Ballinluig is 'as usual'. ..read more

Homer Edinburgh opening - photos...

Tue 10th May 11 by The Watermill

Our new branch of Homer in Edinburgh opened at 8 Howe Street EH3 6TD, on Thursday 5th May to a great response. All the arrangements went pretty well to plan and then on opening day (and since) numbers of customers and sales have passed our expectations... ..read more

Homer Edinburgh - we're getting ready...

Sat 23rd Apr 11 by The Watermill

Preparation of our new Homer shop in Edinburgh is pressing ahead. On Thursday lorries and vans were queuing up to unload at 8 Howe Street! ..read more

Watermill on the Radio - Sunday 10th April...

Fri 8th Apr 11 by The Watermill

Radio Scotland 10am-10.30am You may have to get up a bit early for this one, The Watermill features as part of The Business Programme, which this week is about the book trade. Or you can catch it later on BBC iplayer. ..read more

BREAKING NEWS - HOMER OPENING UP IN EDINBURGH

Wed 16th Mar 11 by The Watermill

We're opening up a new Homer shop in Edinburgh in early May in Howe Street, New Town ..read more

Great new books in stock

Sat 5th Feb 11 by The Watermill

Two stunning giant-format art books - Arab Art and Hadid 1979-2009 and, very different, Tay Western Catchment. ..read more

News from Friends of the Birks Cinema

Tue 25th Jan 11 by The Watermill

Friends of the Birks Cinema (www.birkscinemafriends.org.uk) are bringing back The Screen Machine on Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th February. Enjoy a taste of high quality local cinema when Scotland's mobile service returns to Aberfeldy. There will be afternoon and evening showings of current films in the car park behind Girvans – further details to be announced. ..read more

Chess in the coffeeshop

Wed 19th Jan 11 by The Watermill

Chess on Tuesday afternoons is back in The Watermill coffeeshop. Every Tuesday from 3pm. There is no charge or need to ‘pre-book’ but it would help if you could let us know if you're planning to come along Tel: 01887 822896 ..read more

January Sale at The Watermill & Homer

Fri 7th Jan 11 by The Watermill

We don't do things by halves...except our January sale! 50% off lots of stuff in January at The Watermill & Homer ..read more

Kevin's been reading...

Thu 6th Jan 11 by The Watermill

At The Loch of the Green Corrie by Andrew Greig and Spies in the Balkans by Alan Furst ..read more

Grand Designs in Homer

Thu 23rd Dec 10 by The Watermill

Appropriately snowy gingerbread house from young local designer Rosie Gibson on display in Homer this week. ..read more

Roads clear, shop in comfort...

Mon 20th Dec 10 by The Watermill

The roads to Aberfeldy are clear and the fire in the cafe is lit ..read more

Try The Watermill Alternative...

Tue 14th Dec 10 by The Watermill

With major high-street retailers announcing a halt to deliveries for on-line orders across Scotland this Christmas, consider the Watermill alternative. ..read more

Winter Words Book Festival 28 Jan to 6 Feb 2011

Mon 13th Dec 10 by The Watermill

Firmly established as one of Scotland's leading book festivals, Winter Words celebrates seven years in 2011 by bringing authors, broadcasters and wordsmiths together in the stimulating environment of Highland Perthshire. ..read more

The Journey to Work...

Tue 30th Nov 10 by Kevin

Kevin and Jayne walked to The Watermill ..read more

Monday - We are open...

Mon 29th Nov 10 by The Watermill

10.15 am. Coffee is on, fire is lit, hills look beautiful and The Watermill & Homer are open. We have about 20cm of snow on the ground. At present approach roads are driveable with care ..read more

Roads clear...

Sat 27th Nov 10 by The Watermill

A little bit of fresh snow overnight has made everything look pretty but main roads are all clear ..read more

Incredible value classical music boxed sets...

Wed 24th Nov 10 by The Watermill

Bach (157 cds), Mozart (170cds) and Haydn (150cds) - incredible value ..read more

Visitor blog

Mon 22nd Nov 10 by The Watermill

We're delighted to find this blogged about us this month... ..read more

Bon Voyage!

Sat 6th Nov 10 by Kevin

Does for journeys on water what Last Call for the Dining Car did for train travel ..read more

Kevin Recommends...

Wed 20th Oct 10 by The Watermill

If Map Addict brought our landscape to life in two dimensions, this book reveals what shaped the world in 3-D. ..read more

Aberfeldy Film Festival

Sat 16th Oct 10 by The Watermill

We've just got the programme and details for the second Aberfeldy Film Festival, taking place in Castle Menzies 12-14th November. ..read more

Happy Customers

Tue 12th Oct 10 by The Watermill

We were pleased to find this on a note left on one of the tables in the cafe today ..read more

Featured in The Independent's 50 Best Bookshops

Mon 11th Oct 10 by The Watermill

We are delighted to have been picked to be included in The Independent's 50 best bookshops last Saturday. ..read more

Ruth recommends...

Fri 8th Oct 10 by The Watermill

No self respecting food lover or cook should be without this book! ..read more

The Journey's journey

Wed 22nd Sep 10 by The Watermill

Stories have been abounding since the release of Tony Blair’s ‘The Journey’, of it making a journey of its own within bookshops... ..read more

Aberfeldy Festival

Wed 25th Aug 10 by The Watermill

This October Aberfeldy is to hold a music festival and family fun day. The music festival takes place over two nights and features a host of great bands ..read more

New Music Stock

Mon 23rd Aug 10 by The Watermill

We have recently received delivery of over 400 classical, jazz, folk and world music cds including many titles we have not stocked before. In classical we have new titles from Harmonia Mundi and a special offer on Regis recordings - great value at £4.99 - of 5 for £20. New additions to folk include recordings by Leadbelly, Woodie Guthrie and Clannad. In World music we have a strong representation of fantastic African rhythms and in particular recommend Tres Tres Fort by Staff Benda Billi from the Congo. ..read more

Local Children Create Tapestry Featuring Watermill

Tue 13th Jul 10 by The Watermill

The children who made the tapestry as part of the Perth 800 celebrations, featured The Watermill Bookshop as a local historic building. ..read more

Book Sale

Thu 1st Jul 10 by The Watermill

hundreds of genuine bargains on sale in the bookshop ..read more

Sally Recommends...

Wed 16th Jun 10 by The Watermill

A remarkable, and very readable, portrayal of the fate of females in certain societies in India. ..read more

New Vintage Furniture

Wed 9th Jun 10 by The Watermill

Kevin and Jayne have been away on another mission to get vintage furniture and have come back with more fantastic stuff... ..read more

Urban Art is back in Aberfeldy!

Mon 31st May 10 by The Watermill

Urban Art is back in Aberfeldy with work by Banksy, Blek le Rat, Dolk, Eelus, Shepard Fairey, Nick Walker, D*Face and many more... ..read more

Deck Chairs in Homer

Thu 20th May 10 by The Watermill

Why not find yourself a summer read in the bookshop, and pick up a Thornback & Peel deck chair to enjoy this warm weather? ..read more

Aberfeldy Book Preview!

Tue 18th May 10 by The Watermill

A day or two ago there was much excitement here at the Watermill as a courier arrived with a special package... ..read more

Ruth's Recommendation

Fri 23rd Apr 10 by The Watermill

Ruth tells us why we should read 'This Party's Got To Stop' by Rupert Thomson... ..read more

Published by The Watermill

Fri 16th Apr 10 by The Watermill

In July, The Watermill will be publishing a brand new book - Aberfeldy - The History of a Highland Community... ..read more

Kevin's Recommendation

Mon 5th Apr 10 by The Watermill

Kevin tells us why we should all read The Train of Ice and Fire... ..read more

lightness of being up and running

Sat 3rd Apr 10 by The Watermill

Lightness of being is looking stunning in the gallery now... ..read more

Quoted in Scotsman article

Mon 22nd Mar 10 by The Watermill

Sunday on the bookshop counter. Phone chirps. It's Claire Smith from the Scotsman... ..read more

Signed copies of Solar

Fri 19th Mar 10 by The Watermill

Ian McEwan's latest Solar has arrived in the bookshop, and they are signed... ..read more

Glasgow Art Fair & New Alan Davie Print

Wed 17th Mar 10 by The Watermill

We are exclusively previewing a new print by Alan Davie at the Glasgow Art Fair ..read more

Roads Open

Sat 27th Feb 10 by The Watermill

Despite 25cm of snow on Thursday 25th Feb, roads are open to Aberfeldy. ..read more

The Independent - 50 Best Coffee Shops

Mon 22nd Feb 10 by The Watermill

The Watermill Cafe appeared in The Independent on Saturday as one of the 50 best coffee shops. The 50 Best Coffee Shops - ..read more

Jayne's Recommendation: Mrs Pepperpot Stories

Mon 15th Feb 10 by The Watermill

Reading Mrs Pepperpot again as an adult still makes me smile ..read more

Mary Queen of Scots Event - A Great Success!

Mon 15th Feb 10 by The Watermill

Anna Hepburn gave an outstanding performance of Mary Queen of Scot's - The Last Letter last week at The Watermill. ..read more

Printworks Opening

Sat 13th Feb 10 by The Watermill

Kate Downie's exhibition Printworks brought a crowd to the Watermill this afternoon ..read more

Winter Words Festival

Mon 8th Feb 10 by The Watermill

The fifth and most successful Winter Words Festical has just finished. Organised by the Pitlochry Theatre, with outlying events at The Watermill and the bookstall organised by The Watermill ..read more

Valentine's Day & Mary Queen of Scots Sold Out

Sun 7th Feb 10 by The Watermill

books to pamper and books to woo! ..read more

Winter Words Festival & Homer

Mon 25th Jan 10 by The Watermill

We've just delivered 40 boxes of books to Pitlochry Festival Theatre ..read more

The Watermill in The Scotsman

Tue 29th Dec 09 by The Watermill

Take a look at the article in The Scotsman today Reading between the lines - ..read more

A little problem getting to work today

Sun 27th Dec 09 by The Watermill

30 cm of snow overnight but The Watermill is open as usual. ..read more

Winter in The Birks o' Aberfeldy

Sat 26th Dec 09 by The Watermill

The Birks o' Aberfeldy nearly frozen - December 26th. ..read more

Christmas Day on Schiehalion

Fri 25th Dec 09 by The Watermill

Climbing Schiehallion, one of the nearest Munros to Aberfeldy. ..read more

Roads all clear

Mon 21st Dec 09 by The Watermill

If you are thinking of travelling to Aberfeldy to visit The Watermill, Kevin and Jayne drove back from Edinburgh on Monday afternoon - the roads were all clear. ..read more

Watermill on BBC Radio Scotland

Mon 21st Dec 09 by The Watermill

Watermill owners Jayne and Kevin were on BBC Radio Scotland Book Cafe today ..read more

Gingerbread House in Homer

Mon 21st Dec 09 by The Watermill

Come and see our magical Gingerbread House in Homer this week! ..read more

White Christmas - Picture

Sun 20th Dec 09 by The Watermill

Snow is falling in Aberfeldy today - all looks beautiful. The roads are clear - just be a bit careful in the car park! ..read more

Last Call for the Dining Car reviewed by Kevin

Thu 17th Dec 09 by The Watermill

a wide-ranging collection of articles and essays above all about journeys ..read more

Sally reviews Long Nights and Log Fires

Thu 17th Dec 09 by The Watermill

superb foodie book, with gorgeous pictures of the recipes on offer, ..read more

Borders closing down

Thu 17th Dec 09 by The Watermill

What is the future for bookselling in the high street ..read more

The Alps reviewed by Kevin

Wed 16th Dec 09 by The Watermill

Large format (think serious exercise lifting it up!), with over 500 stunning photographs from the Alps ..read more

Dorothy's Recommendation

Sat 28th Nov 09 by The Watermill

Happy reading, and Season's Greetings for December ..read more

Jayne's Recommendation

Tue 24th Nov 09 by The Watermill

Poetry can be great fun!

What I love about these poems is their playfulness - they really lend themselves to being shared and 'performed', perhaps adding in your own verses by following the same theme and rhyming pattern. ..read more

Books about the local area

Tue 24th Nov 09 by The Watermill

to begin our book blog, we'll start with some books about the local area. ..read more

An Introduction

Mon 9th Nov 09 by The Watermill

Welcome to the book blog! ..read more

Article by Kevin in The Bookseller

Sun 31st May 09 by The Watermill

Independent bookshops - future can be rosy ..read more

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Up and Coming Events

Sunday 21st Dec (2pm-3.30pm)

Douglas Craik & Linda Dewar play seasonal songs in

You know Christmas is just around the corner when Douglas and Linda warm up the cafe with seasonal songs and old favourites. Just come along - and be prepared to join in!

Tuesday 23rd Dec (11am)

Christmas holiday storytime (1)

Half-an-hour of Storytime for 4-7 year olds - no need to book, just come along

Tuesday 30th Dec (11am)

Christmas holiday storytime (2)

Half-an-hour of Storytime for 4-7 year olds - no need to book, just come along

Friday 2nd Jan (11am)

Christmas holiday storytime (3)

Half-an-hour of Storytime for 4-7 year olds - no need to book, just come along

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Watermill Gallery at Edinburgh Art Fair

Posted: Wed 8th Oct

We will be exhibiting at Edinburgh Art Fair 14-16 November. Classic modern prints including Hepworth, Pasmore, Picasso. Also contemporary Scottish artists. More details to follow...

Winter Words programmes at The Watermill

Posted: Sun 26th Jan

You can pick up copies of the programme for the Winter Words Literature Festival from The Watermill. The Festival is at Pitlochry Theatre from 14-22 Feb and includes Jamie Grant talking about his book 'Winter in Glen Lyon', published by The Watermill.

Jamie Grant Winter in Glen Lyon talk at JMT

Posted: Wed 6th Nov

Jamie Grant is giving an illustrated talk about his book Winter in Glen Lyon this Saturday 9th of November at the John Muir Trust in Pitlochry, at 11.30 and again at 2.30. He will be showing lots of images and chatting about this ten year long project to capture the landscapes, people and spirit of Scotland’s longest glen.

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