10th Anniversary

The Watermill Celebrates 10 Years

Thirteen photos of the transformation of The Watermill between November 2004 and May 2005. If you move the mouse over the photo you get captions.

In January 2004 Jayne and Kevin Ramage completed the purchase of the semi-derelict grade-A listed Aberfeldy watermill. Re-opened by Michael Palin in May 2005, The Watermill is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Three staff have been with us from the beginning, and, alongside the rest of our team, we have built together something we are all proud of. Although all-consuming time-wise, the business continues to bring daily reward to ourselves, and, we hope, our customers. 

Five years ago The Watermill won the award of UK Independent Bookshop of the Year and this year Homer was on the shortlist of six for UK Lifestyle Shop of the Year.  Awards are always welcome, but it is the positive response of customers at the counter that keeps the stamina going on a dreich day.

We continue to seek new ways to bolster the business, and keep things fresh and fun.  A modest publishing house has emerged with titles ranging from the History of Aberfeldy to Winter in Glen Lyon.  The gallery has seen dozens of exhibitions ranging from Warhol, Banksy and Picasso, through the ceramics of Lotte Glob to the photography of David Peat, with 1950s vintage Danish lighting thrown in.

What keeps us going?

Regulars who come every day all through the winter for a coffee and chat. First -time customers leaving happy with a recommended book in hand. Families who return from far down south year after year or even twice a year on their holidays.

The support of authors (including the sadly missed Iain Banks), artists and other creators.

Youngsters who attended 'storytimes' in the early days now seen out with boyfriends and girlfriends in Aberfeldy's reopened Birks Cinema. Some also now work for us! Family dynasties working in the cafe.  Ten years on,  three of our original staff team are still turning out every week - how many SPL clubs can match that?

In the days of pay-no-taxes Amazon, Google and co, we get the energy to keep pushing forwards when we see people coming together, meeting, talking, sharing cultural experiences. As business owners we think that is part of what 'society' is about.


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

Friday 4th Mar (19.00)

The Dragonfly Friendly Gardener book launch

Described by Chris Packham as "One of Britain's greatest living naturalists" Ruary MacKenzie Dodds launches his new book - the essential guide to creating a beautiful garden haven for dragonflies.

Wednesday 16th Mar (19.00)

Beneath the Ice - Kenneth Steven book launch

Beneath the Ice tells the fascinating story of the Sami - the indigenous people of the Scandinavian Arctic. They have carved out an existence rich in tradition, where the old ways of reindeer herding, shamanic belief and the veneration of bears have not yet been forgotten. Kenneth Steven celebrates this unique culture in a collection of essays that chronicle his own lifelong love affair with the north, and his own encounters with the Sami.

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Posted: Sat 9th Jan

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Christmas is coming

Posted: Tue 20th Oct

There- we've said it! As usual we were cautious about putting Christmas 'things' on display too soon but now we have relented to customer demands. So we've got the diaries, calendars and advent calendars on display. Great new books are flooding in thick and fast. Next door Homer is stacked out with great gifts ideas of family, friends, yourself and above all your home!

New Books Flooding In

Posted: Tue 20th Oct

Current top sellers include Bill Bryson's 'Road to Little Dribbling', the eagerly awaited latest Robert Harris novel 'Dictator', Edmund de Waal's 'White Road'. New Scottish titles include 'Railway Atlas of Scotland' and 'St Kilda': The Last Isle'.

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