The Watermill Bookshop, Cafe & Gallery, Mill Street, Aberfeldy, PH15 2BG.

We are open 7 days a week 10am-5.30pm (Sundays 11am - 5.30pm)

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The Aberfeldy Watermill Bookshop, Gallery & Cafe

Opening Hours:

Cafe: 9am - 5pm, Monday - Friday & 10am - 5pm, Saturday & Sunday.

Bookshop, Art Gallery and Homer (next door): 10am - 5pm, 7 days a week.


Aberfeldy Watermill Bookshop, Gallery & Cafe is a three-storey former oatmeal mill in the picturesque Highland Perthshire town of Aberfeldy.

The Watermill was opened in 2005 by Michael Palin. In 2009 we were awarded UK Independent Bookshop of the Year and in 2016, included in the New Yorker book of 75 Greatest Bookstores in the World. In 2022 the Bookshop and Cafe featured in National Geographic's top 7 UK bookshops and cafes. Click here to read -  www.nationalgeographic/travel/2022/03/

As you expect in an old mill, the bookshop is full of nooks and crannies! We have a range of titles including fiction, non-fiction, Scottish and local interest, walks and maps, and also a dedicated children’s room. In the café you can enjoy excellent coffee, fine teas and home bakes, or a light menu of local produce with vegan options.

Upstairs, the art gallery has a changing programme of exhibitions. Next door is our homeware shop, Homer, which specialises in decorative homeware and exclusive tweed upholstered furniture.

In May 2024, the Watermill Bookshop and Cafe entered an exciting new era when local businessmen John Argo and Keith Moncrieff acquired both the bookshop, cafe, and Homer next door. Both have extensive experience in hospitality and retail businesses. John is currently the proprietor of The Courtyard Bar and Brasserie in Kenmore and Keith's previous business interests have included retailers Macnaughtons of Pitlochry.
John and Keith are delighted to have had the opportunity to purchase such an iconic and successful business, particularly as the bookshop is regarded as one of the best in the country. They both look forward to working with the established team to continue to develop the retail offering and the ever popular cafe.

‘the top independent bookshop in the Highlands’ with a ‘remarkable art gallery upstairs’ and an ‘all-round life enhancer…’ Scotland the Best

'You could while away several hours' Lonely Planet

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