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

Thursday 23rd Jul (19.00)

Jim Crumley talks about beavers-Nature's Architect

Award winning nature writer Jim Crumley talks about his new book Nature's Architect 'The beaver's return to our landscape'

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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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