The Heart of Scotland
  • Meet the locals at the Coo Toon
  • Don't forget to bring carrots
  • Great views wherever you are.
  • Walk in style with Lady Mary
  • Piping in the Summer!
  • Cultybraggan nestles in the Strathearn hills
  • Hit the trail at Comrie Croft
  • Take the road to Scotland's oldest distillery
  • Golf at Muthill - one of many small courses to play
  • Explore the Ring of Breadalbane by bus and bike!
 

About Crieff and Strathearn

The main town of our region is CRIEFF, a popular holiday destination since the advent of the steam railway. Today, it makes just as an appealing escape from the city, offering our visitors fresh air and beautiful scenery. Built on the side of a hill, the name is thought to be derived from the Gaelic word craobh meaning “among the trees”. Crieff has a traditional High Street with a wide array of independent shops, cafés and art galleries.The town square makes a natural arena for a country market on the second Saturday of every month from April to December. A short walk from the town centre will take you to Macrosty Park which houses a traditional Victorian bandstand and landscaped gardens. The river Earn borders the town and offers tranquil walks through the shaded woodland either side.

For golfers, Crieff has a reputable 18-hole course; here you can play a round whilst admiring the view over the Strath. The highlight of Crieff’s summer calendar is the Highland Gathering. Since the fi rst one in 1870, the Gathering has brought locals and visitors alike to the Market Park site each year in mid August to watch the spectacle of traditional highland sports, track events, highland dancing and pipe band displays.

The picturesque village of COMRIE, is situated about 15km from Crieff. It too has a traditional high street, and the river Earn running through it; Comrie is the perfect place to take a peaceful afternoon stroll. Behind the village in the wooded hillside lays the Deil’s Cauldron and some beautiful waterfalls. Comrie lies on the Highland Boundary Fault and has been recording earth tremors from all round the world at its Earthquake House.To welcome in the New Year, Comrie holds an annual Flambeaux torchlight procession. The Flambeaux has been paraded for many years and was originally a means to drive out evil spirits. Today this is a joyous occasion with a pipe band and a traditional Scottish dance or ceilidh as a finale.

Our largest loch is Loch Earn. At one end sits the small, charming resort village of ST FILLANS with its beautiful houses and idyllic setting on the loch side. Here you’ll find great loch-side campsites as well as several hotels and restaurants. There are plenty of places to fish all around the loch edge. Above the south side of the loch stands one of the highest peaks in the area, Ben Vorlich. At the other end of the loch is a water-sports centre, boasting excellent facilities in an unrivalled setting.

FOWLIS WESTER is a little village with a big history. Surrounded by ancient burial sites, standing stones and Pictish and Roman ruins. The village itself with its 13th Century church was once a thriving community; now the population is few, but a visit here gives you a true feeling of Strathearn’s unique history.

Head south from Crieff, and you’ll pass through MUTHILL, a small conservation village with a distinctly ‘fl oral’ reputation. During the Scotland in Bloom contest the houses and streets are festooned with flowers. At the folk museum nearby you’ll be able to find out more about the history of the area, and from the outskirts of the village you’ll be able to admire the views back across Strathearn.

Bordering the area on the opposite side of the Strath, sitting at the foot of the Ochil hills, is the town of AUCHTERARDER. Known locally as the “Lang Toon” because it has one very long high street, it is lined with quality independent shops and plenty of places to stop for a coffee or a bite to eat. Just outside the town, is the exclusive golf resort of Gleneagles. The famous hotel and golf course stands in acres of beautiful countryside and offers a wealth of pursuits for the outdoor enthusiast such as horse-riding, shooting, fishing and falconry.

The village of BLACKFORD is part of south west Strathearn. Just off the main (A9) road, the village has been well known for centuries for its local source of pure natural spring water. The Allan River runs through Blackford on it’s way down from the Ochil Hills and today the village is the home of Highland Spring mineral water. You’ll f nd a twenty first century distillery here too. Tullibardine was renovated in 2003 on the site of a brewery dating back to the twelfth Century. Next door, you’ll fi nd a visitor centre with restaurant, café and plenty of retail outlets. The village of Blackford is the first fixture of the year on the Highland Games circuit here in Strathearn.
 
 
 
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