Stay in Crieff
Crieff's lovely parks: Taylor Park with its play ground and pathway perfect for children to cycle alongside the Turret burn, and Macrosty Park with its beautiful views and lovely trees. Overlooking the town is the Knock at the Crieff Hydro with a 360 degree vista of the area.
For golfers, Strathearn has a wide variety of golf courses on its doorstep. From the championship courses at Gleneagles (home of the Ryder Cup in 2014) to the wee Foulford course in the Sma' Glen. Even if you are having a bad round, the beautiful scenery will surely cheer you up! Cyclists can pedal down the beautiful quiet country lanes between Crieff and its neighbouring villages Muthill, Comrie and Auchterarder or take to the hills: the Laggan and Knock are favourites. Fishermen can enjoy a spot of angling at any one of Strathearn's beautiful lochs or rivers. The River Earn runs through Crieff where it meets the River Turret. Salmon, sea trout and grayling fishing are readily available on the river at reasonable cost. Nearby Loch Earn is very popular with boat and bank anglers. There is a self-catering holiday retreat right by the River Earn in Crieff offering some of the best accommodation in Perthshire.
Other treasures unique to Strathearn are: Innerpeffray Library with its literary treasures and intellectual history, whisky tasting at The Famous Grouse at Glenturret Distillery (Scotland's oldest distillery), the parterre gardens at Drummond Castle, pot painting at the Ceramic Experience and Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre. Locals and visitors alike enjoy quality local events including the Crieff Markets held on the second Saturday of each month from April - October; Comrie's Fortnight Festival in July/August, The Crieff Highland Games in August, The Drovers' Tryst walking festival in October and Comrie's awesome Flambeaux procession on Hogmanay.
If all that isn't enough Crieff is also an excellent base for touring around Central Scotland. Glasgow and Edinburgh are only an hour away; Stirling and Perth are just a 25 minute drive on either side of Crieff, and Dunkeld and Aberfeldy are just on the other side of the beautiful Sma' Glen. You will drive through Scotland's dead centre when passing in Amulree - the church there is a favourite!
Directions to Crieff:-
From Stirling, follow the A822 all the way into Crieff. Once you cross the bridge keep going until you see Somerfield on your right. Turn onto Union Terrace and go to the end of the road. Turn left onto King Street and look for parking just up on the right, you will see Campbell's Bakery. The flat is next door to the Bakery. From Perth, follow the A85 into Crieff. Turn left at James Square onto King Street and go down the hill, past Commissioner Street. Campbell's Bakery is just past on the right. The flat is next door to the Bakery. From Comrie, follow the A85 until it reaches the High Street in Crieff [Strathearn Gallery is opposite] turn left and continue along to James Square then turn right at James Square onto King Street and go down the hill, past Commissioner Street. Campbell's Bakery is just past on the right. The flat is next door to the Bakery.