What to do and see in Crieff, United Kingdom (UK): The Best Places and Tips

August 1, 2017 Roger Rusk

Crieff (/kriːf/ ( listen); Scottish Gaelic: Craoibh, meaning "tree") is a market town in Perth and Kinross, Scotland. It lies on the A85 road between Perth and Crianlarich, and the A822 between Greenloaning and Aberfeldy. The A822 joins the A823, which leads to Dunfermline. Crieff has become a hub for tourism, famous for its whisky and history of cattle droving. Attractions include the Caithness Glass Visitor Centre and Glenturret Distillery. The nearby Innerpeffray Library (founded about 1680), is Scotland's oldest lending library. St Mary's Chapel, adjacent to the library, dates from 1508. Both are open to the public: the library is run by a charitable trust, while the chapel is in the care of Historic Scotland.
Restaurants in Crieff

1. The Famous Grouse Experience

Glenturret Distillery | The Hosh, Crieff PH7 4HA, Scotland +44 1764 656565
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

The Famous Grouse Experience

Experience Scotland's Oldest Working Distillery Recently named Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year, Scotland's oldest working distillery offers a truly unique and authentic experience to visitors. Set in the heart of Perthshire, the distillery is only an hour from Glasgow and Edinburgh.  Making whisky by hand and by heart since 1775, visitors will experience the traditional handmade distilling processes that have been used to craft the whiskies at Glenturret Distillery for generations. Discover how the distillery's Glenturret single malt is carefully blended with other grain and malt whiskies to create the UK's No.1 whisky, The Famous Grouse.  Choose from a range of tour experiences. Sample a selection of fine whiskies in our Tasting Experience, enjoy exclusive entry to our bonded warehouses in the Warehouse Experience and blend your own whisky during an in-depth Blending Experience.  Taste our best in the newly launched Wilde Thyme at Glenturret cafe and restaurant where you will savour mouth-watering dishes created using local, seasonal ingredients including Strathearn Pie, a special dish created in honour of the recent Royal Visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.  And be sure to visit our unique and welcoming shop. We stock a full range of superb single malts and blended whiskies including distillery exclusives such as the Bottle Your Own Glenturret single malt which you can bottle straight from the cask. Whether you are looking for a unique distillery tour, a very special warehouse experience, or even the opportunity to blend your own whisky, Glenturret is the only distillery in Scotland able to offer a truly authentic, traditional whisky making experience.

Reviewed By mikejones1983

A last-minute addition to our weekend, my friend suggested that this would be a nice spot for a few hours. We did the ''basic'' tour, which I have to say was incredibly informative, delivered by Sheenagh (sp?). Fast-paced, but with plenty of room to ask questions, she seemed to be a real font of knowledge on the subject.
Impressed by the statue for Towser, their master catter, who caught around 28,000 cats during the course of his life.
To finish, we got a couple of different whiskies to taste. I defnitely recommend the whisky fudge and chocolate from the shop, a great memento of an excellent couple of hours.
I'd be happy to recommend it to anyone looking for a couple of hours spent in an interesting surrounding.

2. Macrosty Park

Comrie Road, Crieff, Scotland
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4.5 based on 138 reviews

Macrosty Park

Reviewed By HelTelManchester - Manchester

Loads of parking is at lower end in Taylor Park. See road sign posts.This park is wonderful for kids as has had a Lottery funded refurb. Children's huge playground area which has water facilities too. It is kept so clean and so well looked after by the residents and visitors. Has to be visited to be believed. Nice café on site too. Enjoy!

3. Drummond Gardens

2 miles south of Crieff on the Muthill Road (A822) | Drummond Castle, Crieff PH7 4HZ, Scotland +44 1764 681433
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4.5 based on 293 reviews

Drummond Gardens

Reviewed By lisadd15

We've been here a few times but this was our first visit in autumn. The Gardens never disappoint, it really is a beautiful place. And not expensive at all.

4. Library of Innerpeffray

Innerpeffray Library Innerpeffray, Crieff PH7 3RF, Scotland +44 1764 652819
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5 based on 85 reviews

Library of Innerpeffray

Scotland's oldest lending library sits in a tranquil rural location beside the River Earn. Founded in 1680 by David Drummond 3rd Lord Madertie, with a school, at Innerpeffray near Crieff in rural Perthshire.Today thinking people from across the world come to enjoy the peaceful surroundings, to explore the social heritage captured in its Borrower's Register, and turn the pages to be inspired by books dating from four centuries.

Reviewed By Joanna V

This little corner of Scotland is slightly off the beaten track but well worth visiting: this library is one of the oldest public Libraries in Europe (17th century) and they have the entire collection preserved. The buildings are wonderfully preserved and look as if they...MoreThank you very much for your review and recommendation to history lovers.

5. Crieff Visitor Centre

Muthill Road, Crieff PH7 4HQ, Scotland +44 1764 654014
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4 based on 494 reviews

Crieff Visitor Centre

There really is something for everyone at Crieff Visitor Centre. A warm welcome, great food, space for the children to play, fantastic gifts, unique fashions and accessories, specialist homeware, viewing area for the Caithness Glass Factory, a Garden Centre packed with great ideas and plants, the Drovers exhibition and the Art Gallery and Antiques area. Located in the beautiful town of Crieff, surrounded by hills and countryside it’s perfect for exploring the area or perhaps enjoying a spot of retail therapy and great coffee with friends.•In the Garden & Plant Centre we have something for every garden and gardener, from shrubs and plants to tools, bird houses and ornaments and much more.•In our Gift shop and showrooms we sell beautiful gifts and souvenirs, fashions, outdoor clothing and accessories including jewellery, shoes and handbags. There’s also music and books as well as speciality whiskies and other Scottish Gifts. •This is home to the famous Caithness Glass where you can buy a range of quality glassware and paperweights and also view the craftsmen and women at work in the factory next door. You can even make your own paperweight!•Next door there is an excellent little Tartan Shop and Art Gallery and Antiques area for those interested in the finer things in life.•A visit to the centre would not be complete without stopping off at our Drover’s Restaurant where we serve fresh local produce cooked on the premises by our skilled chefs. Here you can enjoy the very best in Scottish cuisine from a simple cup of tea with one of our delicious homemade cakes to a full mouth-watering meal.•And finally there is the Drover’s Exhibition which follows the Lives and Times of the Highland Drovers - very relevant locally as the Crieff October Tryst (market) was the centre of the droving trade in the 18th and early 19th centuries.

Reviewed By Yorkie1948 - Huddersfield, United Kingdom

Always worth a visit as plenty to see a nice shop and the café is very well stocked with some tasty treats. Well worth a visit.Thank you for your review "Yorkie1948". We hope to see you again soon.

32 West High Street, Crieff PH7 4DL, Scotland +44 1764 656100
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4.5 based on 31 reviews

The Strathearn Gallery

The Strathearn Gallery is a contemporary art gallery in Crieff, established in 1994 and run by Susan Bennett. The gallery is well known for exhibiting original work from leading Scottish artists as well as supporting new and up-and-coming artists and also sells a wide selection of applied art including ceramics, glass, sculpture and jewellery at a broad range of prices. The regularly changing Exhibitions can be viewed on the gallery website.

Reviewed By craigluscar - Dunfermline, United Kingdom

There are some displays that catch the eye and this is one of them .Full of amazing glass sculptures,paintings, bronze and crafted pottery. With a friendly welcome from the knowledgeable owner .This is a well lit attractive shop for people who want away from the usual pieces . There is so much original work here . It is an expensive shop but you are getting top quality. We will be back

7. Buchanty Spout

At Buchanty (off the B8063) 8 miles north of Crieff, Crieff, Scotland
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4.5 based on 45 reviews

Buchanty Spout

Reviewed By Martin P

The river Almond is funnelled inti a narrow channel between rocks making this a favourite outdoor attraction particularly when the salmon are running.Its sign posted the track is rough and overgrown in summer and there are exposed roots and rocks nearer the river but it is free

8. The Quaich Bar

47 High Street, Crieff PH7 3HT, Scotland +44 1764 650789
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4 based on 23 reviews

The Quaich Bar

Reviewed By Tensixty - Prestwick, United Kingdom

Stopped off for Coffee, as this was one of the few places we could find, on a dull Wednesday evening. The place itself is very nice with a charming young lady behind the bar. Unfortunately there was no food available that evening, so it was coffees crisps and juice for the kids. For 3 coffees, 2 orange juices and 2 crisps it cost £12.60 which I thought was a bit expensive.

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