For centuries Strathearn, the broad valley of the River Earn, has been a resting place for travelers. As the capital of Strathearn, Crieff - a small town built on the slopes of the Grampian foothills - was transformed from a trading town to a popular vacation resort during the reign of Queen Victoria. This is truly one of Scotland's most unspoiled areas, situated, as it is, at the point where the lush countryside of the Lowlands meets the wonderful grandeur of the Perthshire Highlands.
In the 18th century Crieff was an important cattle trading centre, to where Highland crofters would make long journeys, using now forgotten drove roads through the hillsides, in order to trade livestock at the huge market known as the " tryst." An especially notable visitor was Bonnie Prince Charlie, who stayed in Crieff on his final journey to defeat at the Battle of Culloden in 1746. Today, the town is a bustling market town where you will find a fine selection of specialist retailers. Crieff, despite its modest size, offers a rich abundance of things to see and do, whatever the weather or interest.
In the vibrant town centre, Crieff Visitor Centre, Thistle Pottery, Stuart Crystal and Glenturret Distillery are all well worth a visit. Walks abound in the area, from gentle strolls like Lady Mary's Walk and Crieff Nature Trail to longer hikes such as the Glen Lednock Circular Walk and the much more difficult climb to Ben Vorlich. Fishing and golf are also available.
The glories of Crieff countryside are not far from the town centre. Macrosty Park with its Victorian bandstand and majestic trees provides a lovely evening setting. Likewise on a clear day you can see the panoramic splendour from The Knock, the wooded hill which rises above Crieff.
Not far away, Comrie is a charming village where earth tremors are often felt. And it is here that the world's very first seismometers were set up. The tiny Earthquake House contains replicas of the recording equipment used. I have stayed often in Crieff, and have never failed to enjoy this wonderful town.