Bell tents near Crieff with climbing

In the heart of Perthshire, itself the heart of Scotland, Crieff is a hit with outdoor adventurers.

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Bell tents near Crieff with climbing guide

Overview

Sitting in a valley in the heart of Perthshire, the little town of Crieff is the ideal base for soaking up the region’s magnificent scenery, from the mountain peaks and the shimmering lochs,to the  misty glens and lush forests that give the region the moniker ‘big tree country.’ Mountain biking and hiking are popular activities around Crieff, and the outdoor activity centre Action Glen is a hit with families who can try quad biking, 4x4 driving, archery, climbing, ziplining and more. Nature lovers can also head to Macrosty Park for a picnic under the trees or explore the beautiful gardens surrounding nearby Drummond Castle.

Where to go

Around Town

Crieff has become a foodie destination in recent years, and staying around town puts you within easy reach of its restaurants and whisky distillery. Within walking distance of Crieff’s town centre, Braidhaugh Holiday Park has fully serviced, hard-standing pitches for tourers, as well as a selection of glamping pods, some with hot tubs.

Comrie

West of Crieff, the village of Comrie sits in the middle of Glen Lednock and Glen Artney. Nearby, surrounded by Perthshire hills, Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre houses a variety of wildlife, and is worth a visit. Situated on a 231-acre (93-hectare) estate, the laid-back Comrie Croft offers tent camping in its meadows and woodlands, and glamping in its tipi-style Norwegian Katas.

Dunblane

South of Crieff, the town of Dunblane is home to many scenic walks and cycling routes: taking in the views with a leisurely stroll along the Allan Water is a must-do. In a rural location between Crieff and Dunblane, Craighead Howf covers eight acres (three hectares) of farmland and gardens. The site has a choice of unique and quirky glamping and self catering accommodation.

When to go

The weather is at its best—and the days are long—from May to September, making this the peak visitor season in Crieff and the surrounding Perthshire region. However the season can bring crowds and booked-up campsites. If planning to visit in the summer, try to avoid travelling during the school holidays in July and August. Autumn is a good alternative as the countryside will be ablaze in rich colours and blooming purple heather. Winters are chilly and dark but a sprinkling of snow can turn the countryside into a winter wonderland.

Know before you go

  • Wild camping is possible throughout Scotland, but comes with responsibilities. Check the Scottish Outdoor Access Code website to find out more.
  • There is no railway station in Crieff, but regular buses connect the town with Perth train station, which has direct connections to Edinburgh, Glasgow and beyond. Local buses can get you to most nearby places of interest.
  • There are several well-stocked supermarkets in Crieff’s town centre where you can stock up on the essentials. For bigger purchases, head for Perth.

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