Walking holiday in Crieff
There are many delightful walks in the Crieff area, both short ones suitable for a quick ‘amble’ with or without children, and long ones that are ideal for the dedicated hill walker and climber.
Crieff itself sits midway along the Strath of Earn (the Earn Valley), at the foothills of the Grampian Mountains, so it offers easy low-level walks and more strenuous up-hill walks. There are a couple of Munros and several corbetts in the area. With mixed forests and open hills, the area, especially in the autumn, is spectacular.
The Tourist Information Centre sells day permits for the Drummond Beat, the Upper Strowan Beat (both managed by the Crieff Angling Club) and the Lochlane and Laggan Beats on the River Earn (which also has fully equipped fishing huts, with help and advice available from a full-time fisheries manager).
The River Earn is the closest spot for fishing. A broad, tranquil river at this point, it offers trout and salmon fishing.
There are many quiet roads in the Crieff area, suitable for cycle rides, and off-road cycling on the Knock, and many of the designated walking paths are also suitable for mountain bikes. Take a trip along the back roads to Comrie, or out to Madderty – both running along the valley so few hills – or head upwards into the hills for a more challenging ride.
Bike-hire is available locally, if you just want to ‘play at it’.
Comrie Croft bikes, located between Crieff and Comrie, has bike hire and various hand-crafted trails in the hills behind, which offer stunning scenery of the Strathearn area. They also run the Hairy Coo Mountain Bike Challenge in October which is always good fun. If mountain biking seems too strenuous, there are a lot of off-the beaten track roads and paths that we can recommend.
Crieff offers an unenviable base for golfers who wish to play different courses each day. You could easily spend two weeks here without treading on the same ground. From the magnificent PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles – the venue for the 2014 Ryder Cup – to the local 9-hole courses at Muthill, Comrie and St Fillans, each course has its own distinctive personality and challenges for the keen golfer, while at the same time offering unrivalled views of beautiful Perthshire.
The Tourist Information Office has a couple of good packages on offer:
For 9-hole courses, many of which are local to Crieff, use the Perthshire Highlands Golf Ticket, whereby you can golf for three or five rounds (each of 18 holes) for a discounted price. The courses are Comrie, Muthill, St Fillans, Dunkeld and Killin.
The Perthshire Green Card gives you a choice of 3 or 5 rounds at the following 18 hole courses: The Ferntower Course at Crieff Golf Club, Aberfeldy, Alyth, Blairgowrie, Glenisla, Murrayshall, Muckhart, King James VI, Craigie Hill, Strathmore, Pitlochry, Taymouth Castle, Green Hotel (Kinross-shire), Whitemoss.
Other activities include horseriding; shooting; watersports at Loch Earn