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Crieff is a bustling market town in beautiful Perthshire. One of the original ‘Scottish resort towns’, it was renowned as a spa town by the Victorians Only 12 miles from CLC Duchally Country Estate, Crieff is perfect for a family day out.  Let’s be inspired for a day trip to Crieff and the surrounding area…

Crieff town

Crieff, capital of Strathearn, is a classic market town with a reputation for great food, whether that’s cafés, or restaurants for casual or fine dining. There’s a wide range of family-run businesses offering arts and crafts, clothing and gifts.

In medieval times, the town was a major centre that developed into the main Scottish cattle trading centre in the 16th to 18th centuries. Up to 30,000 would converge on the livestock market. Its popularity was due to its position on the Highland Boundary Fault where the lowlands meet the majestic Highlands.

On its outskirts is the Stuart and Waterford Crystal Factory and Crieff Visitor Centre.

Innerpeffray castle and library

Built for John Drummond in the 15th century, the castle just 4 miles southeast of Crieff is a picturesque, ruinous state.  You can walk to the castle from the nearby Innerpeffray Library.

The library at Innerpeffray was Scotland’s first lending library. Sat beside Innerpeffray Chapel on the River earn, it is a museum with a difference.  If you love books, you’ll be in seventh heaven here. There’s a collection of Scottish first editions and a Borrower’s register with unique family history stories.

Drummond Castle Gardens

Another Drummond family abode, the gardens of Drummond Castle are one of Europe’s and Scotland’s most important and impressive examples. Dating back to the 17th century, they were redesigned and terraced in the 19th century.

The current gardens were replanted in the 1950s but retain many original features including the remaining beech tree planted by Queen Victoria, and ancient yew hedges. The gardens are the location for many films and series, the most recent being Starz Outlander.

Glenturret Distillery

Scotland’s oldest continually working distillery, Glenturret Distillery still handcrafts its single malts in the same way it did over two hundred years ago. Established in 1775, Glenturret was recently named Best Visitor Attraction by the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions.

There’s a range of tour experiences, including sampling a selection of whiskies, learning about the distilling processes, and blending your own whisky.

Comrie Village

At the meeting of Glens Lednock and Artney, sits the village of Comrie with the Highlands rising to the north.

The focal point is the ‘white church’, which was refurbished as a community centre in 2000. At the corner of Melville Square, another white building is of interest. The building and its interior were the design of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, known for his ‘total design’ ethos and dramatic motifs that are often used as wallpaper designs.