A Walk in the Birks

The Birks of Aberfeldy in Scotland is a lovely place to take a walk following the river upstream to the Falls of Moness. Having done this walk a number of years ago it was good to return and do it all again, although this time we did the circular route in the opposite direction. We were joined by my Aunt and Uncle who had not been here before.

The Birks of Aberfeldy (‘birks’ from the Scots for birch trees) is a 1.5 mile circular walk along the Moness Glen on the outskirts of Aberfeldy in Perthshire, Scotland where there are a series of hanging waterfalls through mature mixed woodland.

The Birks still cloak the steep slopes of the Moness gorge, along with oak, ash, elm and willow. Remnants of the ancient Caledonian Forest can be found in steep, inaccessible parts and it is likely that, in places, there has been continuous woodland cover for around 5000 years. More recent tree planting took place in the area in the late 1780’s.

The walk is 1.5 miles in length (allow 1.5 to 2hours) begins from the upper level of the Birks car park. The path slowly ascends up to 150m above where you start with beautiful views all the way up. Eventually you will reach the Upper Falls of Moness which are 380m in height and drop in 3 tiers.

It was in 1787 Robert Burns was inspired to write the lyrics for The Birks Of Aberfeldy after being inspired by the beauty of this location with the beech trees and the stunning Falls of Moness on the outskirts of Aberfeldy, Perthshire during a tour of the Scottish Highlands with his friend William Nicol. There is a statue of Robert Burns by the river close to the start of the walk.

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