The Birks of Aberfeldy is a circular walk through mature mixed woodland on the western outskirts of Aberfeldy.
Originally called the Dens of Moness, the birks (from the Scots for beech trees) overlook the Falls of Moness and line the slopes of the Moness gorge.
The Birks of Aberfeldy were name after poem of the same name by Scotland’s national bard, Robert Burns, who penned The Birks o’Aberfeldie in 1787.
Visitors can follow the well defined path which is overhung by mature trees from where they can admire
the birch, oak, ash and elm trees. The path also offers excellent views to the roaring white water of the falls and, during winter, across to Strathtay.
Much of the gorge is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its botanical features and it is likely that there has been continual woodland cover at the site for up to 8,000 years. The gorge is a place of immense natural power and beauty in any season but perhaps most photogenic in the cooler days of late autumn.
For the less mobile, there is a picnic area at the car park which gives a good flavour of the walk, which is approximately one and a half miles in length.
There is also a short tree trail identifying a large number of species.