Aberfeldy is a small market town, population around 1,900, on the River Tay in Perthshire at the heart of Scotland. Its most famous piece of architecture is Wade’s Bridge, built for the great road-maker General Wade to a design by William Adam, and close by lies the Black Watch memorial, commemorating the raising of the regiment in the eighteenth century. The town is home to Breadalbane Academy, a school that serves a large swathe of Highland Perthshire.
Although the valley around Aberfeldy consists of rolling, open farmland, it is on the edge of the Grampian Mountains. Ben Lawers, at 1,214m, Schiehallion, Farragon, Creag Odhar and Sron Mhor make a spectacular backdrop.
The word ‘birks’ means birches, and the cinema is named after The Birks of Aberfeldy, a scenic walk that begins in the town and that was made famous by the poet Robert Burns: ‘Bonnie lassie, will ye go, Will ye go, will ye go, Bonnie lassie, will ye go To the birks of Aberfeldy!’