The guidance below has been issued by the Visit Aberfeldy Tourism Group on 13th July 2020
Safety is our first priority for the people who live and work in the local area, COVID-19 has not gone away. Although restrictions are easing, you will find that some facilities and businesses remain closed.
Please visit us only if you are willing to adhere to current Scottish Government Guidelines, try to cycle or walk within our local areas whenever possible.
Observe social distancing & cough etiquette both indoors and outdoors.
Visitors must refrain from travel or visiting facilities, tourism and hospitality services if you have symptoms of illness or if you are in the shielding group, or others in your household are unwell or symptomatic.
Please wear face-coverings in line with current Scottish Government Guidelines. As some people can have the virus but experience no symptoms (asymptomatic infection), wearing a face covering in an enclosed environment may help protect other people from catching the virus. Please always remember to carry a suitable bag to place your personal belongings onto and do not leave them lying on tables, counters etc.
Pay attention to and follow all instructions and advice that is provided by businesses and their staff – this is for your safety and that of other customers and staff.
Please ensure that you are considerate to staff that are providing guidance and advice, and abide by their instructions. Please be courteous and understand that staff are working in challenging circumstances.
Please plan your visit in advance. Things to consider:
• whether and how you will avoid touching surfaces that others have touched and how you will practise good hygiene
• where physical distancing might be more difficult to follow, and how you will avoid or reduce the risk
• what additional things you may need to take with you, such as hand sanitiser, a bag for used tissues and a face covering
Please be prepared before you set off, some areas and facilities may be busy.
Different businesses will have their own set of practises to keep both visitors and staff safe.
If you are planning to visit local accommodation, visitor attractions, shops, restaurants, cafes or bars during your stay, please check their websites as many organisations are implementing special procedures for welcoming visitors during this time (eg: some are operating on-line, pre-booked ticketing systems only).
Please do all you can to protect each and every one of us.
Bear in mind that some people – for example those with sight loss, autism, learning disabilities, dementia or other communication or mobility needs – may find physical distancing rules more difficult to follow than others. Please be kind by giving way when you are out and about.
Please be considerate to other visitors and the residents of our local communities. Follow latest Scottish Government Guidelines. Remember there will be queues at various shops and venues. Please be patient.
Remember your public access rights include you taking responsibility for your actions; please take extra care around farmland and community land. Keep dogs on leads and leave gates how you found them. If you touch gates, stiles etc. please use hand sanitiser both before and after contact.
We ask that you do not light open fires and if using disposable BBQ’s please do so in a responsible manner. Take all your litter and belongings home with you.
Aberfeldy and the Upper Tay Valley acknowledges people enjoy Wild Camping and the majority are responsible and considerate during their stay.
‘Dirty Campers’ are not welcome in Scotland – ‘Dirty Camping’ leaves behind hazardous items and a clean-up operation for our local residents. ‘Dirty Camping’ is disrespectful and will be reported to the Local Police.
Some of our glorious outdoor spaces will be busy, be prepared to move to another location if necessary. Planning your visit in advance should alleviate some of these issues.
Look out for the ‘We’re Good To Go’ logo (above) showing individual businesses are adhering to Scottish Government and Public Health Scotland Guidance, and have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment to check they have the required processes and protocols in place. For more details click Visit Scotland.
Ours is a land of superlatives: Perthshire’s highest mountain; Scotland’s longest river; and Europe’s oldest living thing. Offering all the best of Scotland in a nutshell, there is something for all ages and interests here whether you seek adventure, cultural stimulation, wildlife, or well-being.
First made famous by Robert Burns, Scotland’s national poet, today Aberfeldy is Scotland’s first Fairtrade town and retailers and attractions throughout the area do their best to promote Fairtrade, organic and environmentally friendly products. Just six miles west of the town, Loch Tay is the largest loch in Perthshire, framed by majestic mountains and hillside farms and cottages. As well as being the popular playground of sailors and watersports enthusiasts, the loch is home to 18 ancient dwellings called crannogs. Nearby to the north, Glen Lyon is often described as the longest, loneliest, and loveliest glen in Scotland, and has a wonderfully mystical atmosphere. Why not download our 24 page area guide?
We hope you enjoy exploring the area. There is so much to do – you’ll need to return time and again to experience the best of what we offer!