A Burns Night Treat from Perthshire

A traditional song, The Birks of Aberfeldy first appeared in print in the early 1700’s. It is widely thought that Robert Burns wrote these stanzas while standing under the falls of Aberfeldy, one of our beautiful countryside sites!

Today visitors have opportunity to walk round the Birks and enjoy fine views of the falls from our paths and viewing points. A tribute to Burns can be found a short stroll from the main car park, providing the perfect spot to stop, think and feel a bit romantic…

The Birks of Aberfeldy

Bonnie lassie, will ye go,
Will ye go, will ye go?
Bonnie lassie, will ye go
Tae the birks of Aberfeldy?

Now Simmer blinks on flow’ry braes,
And o’er the crystal streamlets plays;
Come, let us spend the lightsome days
In the birks of Aberfeldy.

The little birdies blythely sing,
While o’er their heads the hazels hing,
Or lightly flit on wanton wing
In the birks of Aberfeldy.

The braes ascend like lofty wa’s,
The foaming stream, deep-roaring, fa’s
O’erhung wi’ fragrant-spreading shaws
The birks of Aberfeldy.

The hoary cliffs are crown’d wi flowers,
White o’er the linns the burnie pours,
And, rising, weets wi’ misty showers
The birks of Aberfeldy.

Let Fortune’s gifts at random flee,
They ne’er shall draw a wish frae me;
Supremely blest wi’ love and thee
In the birks of Aberfeldy.


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