Out and About in Crieff and Strathearn
Out and about from our Bed and Breakfast in Crieff -
There are many activities in the Strathearn area in which you may wish to partake. The Crieff Tourist Information Centre can help organise many of the following activities, or you could 'phone the Perthshire Adventure Line on 01577 861186, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
History & Heritage around Crieff
Glenturret Distillery, and the Famous Grouse Experience: Scotland's oldest distillery is where the Glenturret malt whisky is made. It also hosts the award winning Famous Grouse Experience, where you can learn the secrets of the Famous Grouse whisky, test your senses - try to become a 'whisky nose', and have a guided tour of the buildings, with a free dram at the end. There is also a good restaurant, both self-service and table service, and bar.
Whilst being a mile or two from Crieff, there is a pleasant walk to the Distillery, through the Macrosty Park, and through a woodland trail, so should you wish to taste and taste and taste… Telephone: 01764 656565
The Highland Drovers at Crieff Visitor Centre: An excellent and interesting audio visual display, which brings to life the history of Crieff, and its cattle droving heritage.
A good shop, garden centre and restaurant also make this Centre worth visiting.
Huntingtower Castle: On the outskirts of Perth, with two fine and complete towers, one of the 15th to 16th Century date, the other of 16th Century origin.
Ardoch Roman Camp Near Braco One of the largest Roman stations in Britain, with substantial earthworks dating from the 2nd Century
Fowlis Wester Kirk St Bean's Kirk dates back to the 13th Century, with an original Pictish Symbol Stone incorporated inside. It is a small, but very interesting church, and is located in an idyllic village.
Tullibardine Chapel Off A823, 3 miles NW of Auchterarder. A complete 15th and 16th Century Cruciform Church built by the Murray of Tullibardine family.
Innerpeffray Library 5 miles SE of Crieff. The oldest existing public library in Scotland, founded by Lord Madderty in 1680. Various books on display, and informative and enthusiastic curators. There is also a small chapel adjacent, worth visiting.
Earthquake House Outside Comrie. The world's first seismometers were set up in Comrie in Victorian times, as the geological position of Comrie caused it to experience many earth tremors. Replicas of the recording equipment used are on display.
The Strathearn Gallery Starting with the closest, the Strathearn Gallery holds regular exhibitions of contemporary paintings and applied art by artists and crafts people based in Scotland. Our friend, Allan Craig, regularly exhibits at the gallery.
Aiton Fine Art Located on King Street promotes local artists.
The Ceramic Experience Create your own 'art', by painting mugs, tiles, ornaments etc in a relaxing setting and great cappuccino.
The Fergusson Gallery J D Fergusson (1874 - 1961) is now recognised as one of the leading figures in the development of 20th Century Scottish Painting. The Fergusson Gallery in Perth houses the most extensive collection of his work in existence, in a building converted from the former Waterworks of 1832.
Perth Museum and Art Gallery One of the oldest museums in Britain, the Museum is houses major collection of fine and applied art as well as archaeology and natural history.
Perth Sculpture Trail Extending throughout a mile of public parkland, over twenty sculptures, designed with particular reference to their sites inhabit the area.
There are several other galleries in Perth City Centre and in Auchterarder.
Crieff Town and around Perthshire
Within Crieff there are many excellent attractions
within striking distance. The Famous Grouse has it's oldest Malt distillery
here, Stuart Crystal has a factory shop in the town and there are many
beautiful walks all around the area. Loch Earn is situated a 20 minute
drive from a ' bed and breakfast' and should the weather be kind to you, the tiny
village of St Fillans is a must with it's splendid views over Loch Earn.
Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre Overlooking Comrie. Telephone; 01764 679469 The Wildlife Centre comes highly recommended by George and Ellie as a good day out, with animals galore, and (more importantly in their opinion) a superb play area and covered playbarn. There are several picnic areas and a coffee shop and gift shop.
Ceramic Experience Located a mile or so outside Crieff, the Ceramic Experience gives you the chance to decorate anything from a whole range of ceramics - from tiles to seasonal ornaments, plates to platters, using child-friendly glazes. After firing, these are collected after a day or two, or can be posted to you.
They also do great coffee etc, and have a soft-play area to use whilst paints are drying - or while the coffee is being drunk.
The attitude of the staff makes this well worth a visit - they are so tolerant of the children and relaxed in their way of working…
At Glendevon Farm, Perth. Telephone; 01738 445568
Macrosty Park Macrosty Park is a beautiful Victorian park, which runs alongside the river. There is an enclosed playground, which in the summer also has a paddling pool, trampolines, and tennis courts. In another section of the park, there is another play area, which is more in the 'adventure' style. There are picnic tables scattered around.
Perth Swimming Pool This pool is somewhat larger and more elaborate than the Strathearn Recreation Centre's pool. It has flumes, play areas, waves, slides, rapids… all in all a fun place to go. There is also a crèche facility and cafeteria.
Huntingtower & Elcho Castle Huntingtower Castle is off the A85, just before Perth. Elcho Castle is East of Perth. Both are large 'traditional' castles, with plenty of space for the children to explore, turrets and spiral staircases. They both have picnic tables in the grounds with plenty of grass areas for play.
Perthshire Gardens Collection Nine of Perthshire's most colourful gardens have joined together to offer a 'seasons' ticket for entrance to the following gardens: Drummond Castle, Cluny House near Aberfeldy, Bell's Cherrybank, Branklyn, Glendoick outside Perth, Scone Palace, Hercules Garden at Blair Castle, The Scottish Plant Collectors Garden and the University of Dundee Botanic Garden. These are all within reach of Crieff. Priced at £15 it can be bought from the Tourist Information Office.
Drummond Castle Gardens
Open daily from May 'til October, 2 - 6pm
116 Dundee Road, Perth. Telephone: 01738 625535
Norrie Miller Riverside Walk and Bellwood Park
Off the Dundee Road, Perth
Bell's Cherrybank Gardens
Telephone: 01738 627330
Scotland's Garden Scheme
There are many local gardens participating in the Garden's Scheme. A directory (bright yellow) is located in the lounge for guests use.
Local Garden Centres Crieff Visitor Centre has an interesting selection of plants in its Garden Centre at the rear of the building.
Crieff Garden Centre, which is a two minute walk from the house, go down the hill and turn right and then cross over the main road. It is quite small, but has some good plants in season.
Highland Heather's, Muirend, South Crieff Road, Comrie. A traditional heather nursery, with a heather garden, a wide selection of heather's and other plants for sale. The proprietors, Elaine and John Davidson, really know their stuff.
Bennybeg Garden Centre offers an interesting selection of quality plants. The owners and staff are very knowledgeable about horticulture.
Tullybannocher Plant Centre is just beyond Comrie, located beside the restaurant. Good quality plants and an interesting selection.
Patio Plants, up the hill from the square, offers unusual plants at a good price throughout the summer.
Holiday bed and breakfast accommodation in Crieff, near Comrie