10th Anniversary

In 2015 We Celebrated 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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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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