Seasonally affected Robert Burns at Birks of Aberfeldy

Today, with temperature just above zero (centigrade) we undertook a hike around the Birks of Aberfeldy in central Scotland.

Before moving on into detail here are some key rehearsals covering names:

  • Birk=Scots word for birch.
  • Aberfeldy: Aber is a Brittonic (Welsh) word for ‘meeting of the waters’. ‘Feldy’ is derived from peallaidh, the name of a local water-sprite. This name may date back 1500-2000 years. Today,¬†Aberfeldy is a small town in central Scotland, popular with tourists.
  • Burn = Scots word for stream or small river.
  • Moness: This a Gaelic word meaning ‘At foot of the waterfall’.

Interestingly, the above names reflect Scotland’s linguistic mix of Brittonic (Welsh), Scots-English and Gaelic.

Moness Burn, Aberfeldy

To hike the Birks of Aberfeldy entails traversing a circular route of 2.15 miles around steep gorge through which flows the Moness Burn. The route is enhanced with multiple waterfalls and reaches a height of 656 feet.

Frothing Waterfall at Birks of Aberfeldy

Apart from its natural beauty the site has achieved fame through connection with Scotland’s National Poet who visited the Birks in 1787 and was inspired to write a song lyric The ‘Birks of Aberfeldy’ for pre-existing melody an extract from which is: “Now simmer blinks flowery braes:And o’er the crystal streamlet plays:Come let us spend the lightsome days, On the Birks of Aberfeldy.”

Central Scotland landscape at Aberfeldy

Foot of Birks of Aberfeldy, Scotland

Intrepid hiker with Schiehallion (3554 ft) in distance.

Our hike lasted about 75 minutes and entailed some good views of the wider landscape.

Moness Burn at Birks of Aberfeldy

Waterfall at Birks of Aberfeldy

Cave where-allegedly- Robert Burns wrote his poem ‘The Birks of Aberfeldy’.

Waterfall at Birks of Aberfeldy

Waterfall, Birks of Aberfeldy.

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