Make a holiday cottage in Crieff your home away from home
The small market town of Crieff is situated about 50 miles north of Glasgow and has developed into something of a tourist hub thanks to its unique history. The rich history of Crieff and the surrounding area is what attracts most visitors to the town and HomeAway has a nice selection of holiday houses in Crieff available. Once famous for its cattle droving heritage, visitors flock to the Scottish town to visit its historic sights, distilleries, and enjoy the great outdoors. For centuries the town acted as a meeting point between Highlanders and those from lower Scotland. It was famous in particular for its cattle markets, which saw more than 10,000 animals brought down from the Highlands. Crieff transformed itself from a wild cattle town to a relaxing holiday destination during the reign of Queen Victoria, and has proven popular with visitors ever since. Today, most Crieff holiday houses come with modern and convenient amenities such as internet access and BBQ facilities. Ranging from two to five bedrooms, these well-appointed homes make for an excellent family or group retreat.
Things to do
-Family attractions: The Caithness Glass Visitor Centre is located right in the heart of Crieff. Caithness Glass was founded in the 1960s and creates remarkable glass paperweights and other items. At the centre, visitors can paint glass, make paperweights, and also learn how the experts do it. The visitor centre is a fun place to visit for people of all ages, including children.
-Culture: The Glenturret Distillery is one of several distilleries in the Crieff-Comrie-Strathearn area. It is best known for producing The Famous Grouse, a brand of Scotch whisky. A short drive away from holiday homes in Crieff, the distillery offers tours and tasting sessions daily. Visitors will be able to see how The Famous Grouse is made and end the tour with a sample. Children under 13 can take the tour for free; but they'll have to miss out on the sample!
-Historical attractions: The Innerpeffray Library was founded in 1680 and was the first free public lending library in the whole of Scotland. Created by a member of the Drummond family, the concept of lending books to the public was very unusual in the 17th century, and the fact that the library has survived to the present day is perhaps even more remarkable. Some of the books from the library’s early days have survived and date back to the 16th century. For a modest entrance fee, visitors can view exhibits covering the library’s history and significance, its rare book collection, and any number of revolving exhibitions.
-Golf: Scotland’s favourite game is a popular reason for choosing a holiday cottage in Crieff and the area has a great selection of quality golf. The two courses closest to town are Culcrieff Golf Club and Crieff Golf Course. Both courses welcome visitors and offer reasonable rates. Serious golfers won’t want to miss the opportunity to golf at Gleneagles, which is less than 10 miles south of Crieff. The legendary course is set to host the 2014 Ryder Cup and is considered one of the most prestigious golf courses in the world.
-Castles: Drummond Castle is located just a few miles south of Crieff and is best known for its beautiful gardens. The site can be reached on foot or by car from several holiday houses in Crieff. The castle itself, which dates back to the 15th and 17th centuries, is not open to the public. However, visitors are more than welcome to enjoy its spectacular terraced garden.
Weather in Crieff
Crieff experiences a relatively cool climate with winter temperatures regularly dipping below freezing and summer highs only rarely reaching 20°C. Rain is common across all seasons. October is the rainiest month on average, while March is traditionally the driest.
Travel to Crieff
The only practical way to reach Crieff is by car. The town lies on the A85 close to the main A9. Glasgow and Edinburgh are 50 and 60 miles away, respectively. Both cities have an airport and several major train stations that are in close proximity to car hire agencies. There is no railway station at Crieff but nearby Dunblane and Perth have train services.