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The Tower
the finest food, a good night's sleep
a great experience from start to finish!”

The Tower is a family run gastro pub with self-catering studio apartments in the charming town of Crieff. It's perfect blend of city chic and country tradition creates a cosy yet lively atmosphere attracting: families, celebrations, quiet dinner dates, after work drams, and girls' nights ‐ a bottle of fine wine, a few tapas and of course great company.

Your Visit

Situated in the heart of Perthshire, the beautiful glen of Strathearn holds the quaint town of Crieff, the ideal base from which to explore Scotland. An hour's drive could have you in the buzzing city of Glasgow, surrounded by culture in Edinburgh, discovering Dundee, lost in Glencoe, or even sunbathing on the silver sands of St. Andrews!

Studio Apartments

With four luxurious studio apartments to choose from ‐ one room only or three full self-catering kitchens ‐ we can accommodate your needs. All studio apartments are equipped with smart TVs, wireless internet access, en suite shower rooms, laundry facilities and the option for breakfast.

See full details of our luxurious accommodation…

And if the last thing you want to do on your break is cook, pop down to the gastro pub where guests benefit from a 10% discount on meals.

* Please note all rooms are pet free and strictly non-smoking.

Gastro Pub

Our Gastro Pub offers a variety of traditional pub grub with an exquisite twist. The menu caters for kids and for all tastes, or you can take a walk on the wild side - opting for the chef's latest showcase dishes.

Take a look at our extensive choices…

Most produce is locally sourced, some even straight from the back-garden. Our food is freshly prepared on the premises and cooked to order.

The Tower Bar

The cosy Tower Bar boasts an excellent choice of over 70 malt whiskies, a fine wine list, local beers & real ales, exotic gins and colourful cocktails.

Relax in the bar on our comfy couches and grab a bite to eat or dine in the tranquil bistro style lounge.

Garden

Picture a gorgeous sunny day, blue sky and a gentle breeze. On a day like this there's nowhere better to be than The Tower's south‐facing garden with an ice cold refreshment in hand.

Our enclosed secluded garden has a state of the art climbing fort for children to play on, is dog friendly and is home to our own Tower hens. The herb and vegetable gardens supply the kitchen with home grown produce.

New to the garden is our sheltered “Sitooterie” ‐ housing tables, chairs, and even leather couches for extra comfort, and not forgetting the amazing artwork !!!

Find Us

Situated in the market town of Crieff on the A85 Perth to Crainlarich road, The Tower is quickly accessible from central Scotland.



Using SatNav?

• Our postcode is PH73JA


From the South

• Turn off the A9 north of Dunblane, on to the A822 Crieff
• When you arrive in Crieff follow signs for the town centre (A85)
• Keep going up past the town square
• And we're on your right opposite the filling station


From the North

• From the A9, take the A85 Crieff
• When you arrive in Crieff continue following the main road
• We're on your left opposite the filling station


The Future

We are excited to announce a new phase in The Tower's redevelopment. The addition of a conservatory, to the bar, lavishing our diners with a stunning panoramic vista of Strathearn and the Ochil Hills beyond.



In addition our Snowdrop apartment will gain a fabulous breakfast terrace.



* Drawings by Construct Architects of Crieff

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have Wi-Fi?
Yes all rooms have free WIFi access.

Do you have a cot available?
Yes, we have 2 travel cots available but you must supply your own linen for the cots.

Do you cater for special dietary requirements?
Vegetarian options are available and gluten free dishes can be prepared. If you simply fancy a smaller portion, most of our main courses can be made smaller to order.

Can I bring my dog/cat (pets) with me?
Yes but please be aware that it is our company policy to only allow animals in the beer garden, NOT in any of the eating areas or in any of the bedrooms.

Can I take food away?
Of course you can, our chefs are happy to pack food up to go.

Is smoking allowed in the bedrooms?
No, we have a strictly NO SMOKING policy within the building. We have an outdoor heated smoking area to the rear of the building. Anyone smoking in the bedrooms will face an additional charge of £200 to fully clean and fumigate the room.

Can you provide packed breakfasts, lunches etc.?
Yes, we can offer a very wide variety of sandwiches/picnic items from the kitchen, by prior arrangement.

Is breakfast available?
Yes we offer a “Full Cooked Scottish” breakfast from 10am or a “Continental” style breakfast can be pre-booked and put in your fridge or made available to eat in our bar area.

Where is the nearest shop?
There is a SPAR convenience store in the filling station across the road from the apartments. This has most daily food items available and is open daily from 8am until 9pm.


Our Studio Apartments
recently renovated these luxurious
studio apartments cater for all your needs”

Spring Deals
Monday ‐ Thursday free main course per person per night (excl steaks)*

Friday ‐ Sunday free bottle of wine per room per night (red, white & rosé selection)*

* All Tower offers exclude Bank & Public Holidays.

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Studio Apartment Reviews
Thistle

“Home from home with a splash of luxury”


Sleeps: 2‐5
From: £110 per night
Heather

“The finest basecamp for exploring Scotland”


Sleeps: 2‐3
From: £80 per night
Bluebell

“With a hint of glamour amidst the charm and cosiness”


Sleeps: 2
From: £80 per night
Snowdrop

“It's all about the wee touches”


Sleeps: 2‐3
From: £75 per night

Apartment Reviews
Thistle

The Thistle suite is the perfect choice for a special occasion or a family getaway. This stunning studio apartment boasts a spacious, relaxing living space, gorgeous en suite shower room and full elfin kitchen. The room sleeps 4 comfortably and can accommodate a family of 5. Prices start from £85 per night.

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Thistle
Daily
Full Week
Fri/Sat
Sun-Thurs
Any
High Season
£150
£140
£105
Low Season
£120
£110
£85
High Season
Includes July, August & part of September; Christmas & New Year; Easter Break plus all Bank/Public Holidays

Prices
Are for 2 people sharing and may be subject to change

Additional Charges
High Season ‐ £35/person
Low Season ‐ £30/person
Dogs ‐ £10/night
All breakages charged in full.

Keys Lost, Broken or Not Returned
As our room keys are security keys and the fobs handmade glass, they are expensive.
If lost, broken or not returned there is a charge of £65.

Single Occupancy
Less 20% of the above prices

Children
0‐5yrs Free

Breakfast
Cooked breakfasts (£8) available from 10.30am onwards, please book the night before.
Cold Platters (£5) available to be put in room, again please order the night before.

Packed Lunches
Available by prior arrangement ‐ price is dependant on what is requested, and range between £5 ‐ £10 per person.

Rooms
On arrival our rooms are available from 2pm and on departure must be vacated by 12noon.

Please Note
All rooms are strictly non-smoking and with the exception of Bluebell, pet free! Anyone smoking in the bedrooms will face an additional charge of £200 to fully clean and fumigate the room.

Heather

This studio apartment offers a breath-taking view of the Ochils, making this the perfect romantic couples' retreat. The room is equipped with an elfin kitchen and an exquisite shower room. Heather sleeps 2‐3 guests with prices starting from £80 per night.

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Heather
Daily
Full Week
Fri/Sat
Sun-Thurs
Any
High Season
£140
£125
£100
Low Season
£110
£100
£80
High Season
Includes July, August & part of September; Christmas & New Year; Easter Break plus all Bank/Public Holidays

Prices
Are for 2 people sharing and may be subject to change

Additional Charges
High Season ‐ £35/person
Low Season ‐ £30/person
Dogs ‐ £10/night
All breakages charged in full.

Keys Lost, Broken or Not Returned
As our room keys are security keys and the fobs handmade glass, they are expensive.
If lost, broken or not returned there is a charge of £65.

Single Occupancy
Less 20% of the above prices

Children
0‐5yrs Free

Breakfast
Cooked breakfasts (£8) available from 10.30am onwards, please book the night before.
Cold Platters (£5) available to be put in room, again please order the night before.

Packed Lunches
Available by prior arrangement ‐ price is dependant on what is requested, and range between £5 ‐ £10 per person.

Rooms
On arrival our rooms are available from 2pm and on departure must be vacated by 12noon.

Please Note
All rooms are strictly non-smoking and with the exception of Bluebell, pet free! Anyone smoking in the bedrooms will face an additional charge of £200 to fully clean and fumigate the room.

Bluebell

Lap up the luxury of this studio, indulge yourself in its charm ‐ the Bluebell suite is a compact studio apartment with everything you need; elfin kitchen, spacious shower and a fabulously comfortable bed. Prices start from £80 and the room sleeps 2.

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Bluebell
Daily
Full Week
Fri/Sat
Sun-Thurs
Any
High Season
£140
£125
£100
Low Season
£110
£100
£80
High Season
Includes July, August & part of September; Christmas & New Year; Easter Break plus all Bank/Public Holidays

Prices
Are for 2 people sharing and may be subject to change

Additional Charges
High Season ‐ £35/person
Low Season ‐ £30/person
Dogs ‐ £10/night
All breakages charged in full.

Keys Lost, Broken or Not Returned
As our room keys are security keys and the fobs handmade glass, they are expensive.
If lost, broken or not returned there is a charge of £65.

Single Occupancy
Less 20% of the above prices

Children
0‐5yrs Free

Breakfast
Cooked breakfasts (£8) available from 10.30am onwards, please book the night before.
Cold Platters (£5) available to be put in room, again please order the night before.

Packed Lunches
Available by prior arrangement ‐ price is dependant on what is requested, and range between £5 ‐ £10 per person.

Rooms
On arrival our rooms are available from 2pm and on departure must be vacated by 12noon.

Please Note
All rooms are strictly non-smoking and with the exception of Bluebell, pet free! Anyone smoking in the bedrooms will face an additional charge of £200 to fully clean and fumigate the room.

Snowdrop

Quaint, the Snowdrop room overlooks Strathearn to the beautiful Ochils. Providing the epitome of relaxation, the studio apartment is ideal for those couples hoping to escape to the country and live in luxury. The room sleeps 2‐3 from £75 per night.

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Snowdrop
Daily
Full Week
Fri/Sat
Sun-Thurs
Any
High Season
£125
£115
£95
Low Season
£100
£90
£75
High Season
Includes July, August & part of September; Christmas & New Year; Easter Break plus all Bank/Public Holidays

Prices
Are for 2 people sharing and may be subject to change

Additional Charges
High Season ‐ £35/person
Low Season ‐ £30/person
Dogs ‐ £10/night
All breakages charged in full.

Keys Lost, Broken or Not Returned
As our room keys are security keys and the fobs handmade glass, they are expensive.
If lost, broken or not returned there is a charge of £65.

Single Occupancy
Less 20% of the above prices

Children
0‐5yrs Free

Breakfast
Cooked breakfasts (£8) available from 10.30am onwards, please book the night before.
Cold Platters (£5) available to be put in room, again please order the night before.

Packed Lunches
Available by prior arrangement ‐ price is dependant on what is requested, and range between £5 ‐ £10 per person.

Rooms
On arrival our rooms are available from 2pm and on departure must be vacated by 12noon.

Please Note
All rooms are strictly non-smoking and with the exception of Bluebell, pet free! Anyone smoking in the bedrooms will face an additional charge of £200 to fully clean and fumigate the room.

Gastro Pub
Definition: a bar that specializes in serving high-quality food and high-end alcoholic beverages.”

An extensive menu greets you with a great choice of the finest classics, complemented by our weekly “Food for Thought” specials! The ambience invites you to relax in The Tower lounge or meet new friends in the bar, while your meal is freshly prepared and cooked to order. With locally sourced produce, from as close as the back garden, you can be sure our food will tickle your taste buds.

Be sure to look‐out for the “Food for Thought” board showcasing our chef's weekly changing specials. Some of these dishes you might not always expect to see on a pub menu!

Our carefully crafted wine list completes your perfect dining experience at
The Tower ‐ urging you to return again and again.

Chef

Head chef Liam Griffiths has a knack for creative cooking. Liam's expertise collected from across the country, coupled with his experimenting nature, inspires our delicious weekly specials.

Diet

Here to serve you, The Tower is very accommodating to any dietary requirements or special requests you may have. Vegetarian options (v) are available and gluten free dishes (gf) can be prepared.

Just fancy a smaller portion? All you have to do is ask!*

Some of our food items may contain nuts or traces of nuts and/or other allergens. If you do have an allergy please check with a member of staff.


* smaller portions will be prepared where possible. Please note this is not available for all main courses or specials.

Gastro Pub Reviews
Bar Meals
Our Classic Bar Main Meals
 available all day, every day”
Lunch & Lite Bites
Starters
Light Bites & Salads
Dinner Menu
Starters
Tower Classics
8oz Tower Burgers

All of our burgers are made in house using local ingredients. They come in a toasted sour dough bun with lettuce, tomato, relish, crispy onion rings and chips.

The Grill
Desserts
fancy a little something else,
why not try one of our scrumptious desserts”
Kids
Little Ones Meal Deals ‐ • ‐ £7

All Littles Ones' meals come with a free small juice (still or fizzy)
or a glass of milk.

Main Courses
Desserts

All of our children's meals can be served with any variation of salad, vegetables, chips or potatoes, please just ask a member of staff.

Tapas
Tapas ‐ • ‐ £4 each
Tapas ‐ • ‐ £5 each
Tapas ‐ • ‐ £6 each
Festive Menu
festive fare for famished foodies“

3 courses £25 per person
Book online or call 01764 650050

Starters
Mains
Desserts

Christmas Day Menu
Join us in the relaxed setting
that is the Tower Gastro Pub“

4 courses £50 per person
12-15yrs £35 • 5-11yrs £20 • under 5s FREE
Book online or call 01764 650050

On Arrival


To Start


Palate Cleanse


Main Event


Dessert Time


And Finally

Valentine's Weekend Menu
All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.” ‐ Charles M. Schulz

£24 per person including a glass of bubbly
Red or White wine £12 per bottle ‐ Sparkling £15 per bottle
available Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Starters
Intermediate
Mains
Desserts

Winter Menu
Our Warming Winter Menu
 available all day, every day”
Starters
Tower Classics
Main Courses
Desserts
Buffets

Standard Finger Buffet ‐ • ‐ £7.50 per person
Superior Finger Buffet ‐ • ‐ £12.50 per person
Deluxe Finger Buffet ‐ • ‐ £20 per person
The Bar
Everybody has to believe in something…
I believe I'll have another drink” ‐ W.C. Fields

This chic and sophisticated pub is inviting, exciting and friendly. The Tower offers a great mix of people, entertaining conversation and above all ‐ that great experience start to finish.

Filled with locals in for an after‐work pint, students home for the holidays chilling with Kopparberg ice-cream floats, ladies enjoying a jug of Pimms in the beer garden, old friends catching up over a dram, tourists experiencing Perthshire with a local beer and passers-by wishing they were staying in Crieff ‐ the Tower is the place to be.

Even nipping to the ladies is an experience ‐ there you will find none other than Marilyn Monroe decorating the walls. There are no half measures at The Tower.

Malt
Whisky is liquid sunshine” ‐ George Bernard Shaw

As The Tower is home to over 110 single malt whiskies, the choice is yours. Opt for a smooth Macallan, a smokey Laphroaig or the ever popular Glen Livet.

And if whisky is your forte, make sure and visit the Glen Turret Distillery ‐ Scotland's oldest distillery ‐ and home to The Famous Grouse Experience. Where you can have your photo taken with the world's largest bottle of whisky!

Wine
Wine is bottled poetry” ‐ Robert Louis Stevenson

Celebrate with bubbles, complement your steak with a bottle of the finest red or relax and enjoy the sunshine in the garden with a crisp rosé. At The Tower you will find a wine for every occasion.

White Wine
250ml
175ml
125ml
bottle
La Tierra Rocosa Sauvignon Blanc Chile
£5.45
£3.95
£3.20
£15.50
Lime. Gooseberry. Crisp.
TUA Garganega Pinot Grigio Italy
£5.45
£3.95
£3.20
£15.50
Refreshing. Pear. Apple.
Bantry Bay Chenin Blanc South Africa
 
 
 
£16.50
Aromatic. Tropical. Citrus.
Camino Real Blanco Rioja Spain
 
 
 
£18.50
Citrus. Tropical. Nutty.
Fathom's Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand
 
 
 
£22.50
Intense. Mango. Gooseberry.
Red Wine
250ml
175ml
125ml
bottle
Two Ridge Trail Merlot Austrailia
£5.45
£3.95
£3.20
£15.50
Plum. Raspberry.Soft.
Big Bombora Shiraz Austrailia
£5.45
£3.95
£3.20
£15.50
Bramble. Blackcurrant. Rich.
Los Balladores Rioja Spain
 
 
 
£18.50
Cherry. Spice. Vanilla.
Beauté du Sud Malbec France
 
 
 
£19.50
Blackberry. Mocha. Full-bodied.
Claro Reserva Pinot Noir Chile
 
 
 
£21.00
Strawberry. Redcurrant. Velvety.
Rosé Wine
250ml
175ml
125ml
bottle
Blushmore Zinfandel Rosé Italy
£5.45
£3.95
£3.20
£15.50
Raspberry. Off-dry.
Sparkling Wine & Champagne
 
 
20cl
bottle
La Mara Prosecco Italy
 
 
£5.50
Apple. Pear. Apricot.
Prosecco Corte Alta Italy
 
 
 
£21
Peach. Pear. Apple.
Paul Drouet Brut Champagne France
 
 
 
£35
Soft. Citrus. Brioche.
Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut France
 
 
 
£49
Refreshing. Apple. Zest.
Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé France
 
 
 
£59
Elegant. Strawberries.
Belle Epoque France
 
 
 
£125
Brioche. Honey. Vanilla.

BTW: You don't need to go all the way to France or Spain to enjoy winemaking. Cairn o'Mohr Winery shows you how it's done here in Scotland using berries, leaves and flowers sourced from around Perthshire.


Gin
I'll stick with gin. Champagne is just ginger ale that knows somebody” ‐ Hawkeye, M*A*S*H

Of course you will find Bombay Sapphire Gin at The Tower, but what you might not expect is The Botanist Islay Dry Gin or the hugely popular Edinburgh Gin. What more could you want than going local with your favourite drink?

Gin lovers… Why not check out Strathearn Distillery's ‐ Gin Experience.

Beer
He was a wise man who invented beer” ‐ Plato

While in Crieff, you may be tempted to try one of the many local beers and ales that The Tower has on offer. Ask about the range of beers from Inveralmond Brewery, or Strathbraan Brewery's local ales. They go great with the grub too.

Tower Events
what's going on at The Tower?”

Tower Apartments • Spring Deals
Monday ‐ Thursday free main course per person per night (excl steaks)*

Friday ‐ Sunday free bottle of wine per room per night (red, white & rosé selection)*

* All Tower offers exclude Bank & Public Holidays.

Festive Party Menu

Time to book your Festive Party at The Tower Gastro Pub…£25 per person

Christmas Day Menu

Join us this year on Christmas Day for fabulous food in
the relaxed setting that is The Tower Gastropub…
£50 per person • 12-15yrs £35 • 5-11yrs £20 • under 5s FREE

Christmas Spectacular
10th & 11th December
All Main Courses Half price
(excluding Tapas & Lite Bites)
Kids Under 5 Free

Sky Sports HD
We now have Sky Sports HD in the bar.
Golf, Football, Rugby, F1, Darts…It's all on at The Tower Bar.

Friday Nibbles

Complimentary nibbles in the bar every Friday @ 5:30pm ‐ come in and help yourself.

Music Night every 2nd Monday

Local acoustic musicians playing in the bar, just for the fun of it.


Previous Events


Event in a Tent ‐ Ryder Cup Entertainment 22nd ‐ 27th Sept 2014

Marquee and Music every night 8:30pm until close, come and join in the fun.

Entertainment includes: On The Wagon, Wang Dang Delta Band, Don Nicolson, Ken Charleson, Open Mic Night, The Mamas, Scoogz, Conor Syme, Robert Paterson, The Hairy Coo Ceilidh Band and a few more besides.



Festive Menu
festive fare for famished foodies“

3 courses £25 per person
Book online or call 01764 650050

Starters
Mains
Desserts

Christmas Day Menu
Join us in the relaxed setting
that is the Tower Gastro Pub“

4 courses £50 per person
12-15yrs £35 • 5-11yrs £20 • under 5s FREE
Book online or call 01764 650050

On Arrival


To Start


Palate Cleanse


Main Event


Dessert Time


And Finally

Valentine's Weekend Menu
All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.” ‐ Charles M. Schulz

£24 per person including a glass of bubbly
Red or White wine £12 per bottle ‐ Sparkling £15 per bottle
available Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Starters
Intermediate
Mains
Desserts

Events

Crieff Country Markets Local Scottish Market in Crieff's James Square on the second Saturday of every month between April and December (10am ‐ 4pm)

Horse Racing at Perth Race Course check out the list of events.

2016

June Beer Festival at Crieff Rugby Pavillion ‐ It's all for charity!

June Strathearn Marathon

June The Royal Highland Show

June British Superbike Championship

July Scottish Game Fair

July T in the Park

July Rewind Scotland

August Perth Show

August The Edinburgh Festival Fringe

August Crieff Highland Games

August Blair Castle Horse Trials

August British Touring Car Championship

October The Enchanted Forest

October Drovers Tryst Walking Festival

December Crieff Late-night Xmas Shopping ‐ Bargins galore plus Prize Draw!

Weather

Walking

Many people come to Scotland and walk the West Highland Way because walking is a great way to see the countryside. Be it a gentle stroll round Lady Mary's or the Knock, a hike up Ben Vorlich, a visit to the Hermitage, the soldier's leap at Killiecrankie or check out Walk Highlands to see what Crieff and Strathearn has to offer!

Head for the hills and up to Loch Turret for the chance to enjoy the beautiful view looking over towards Crieff. Make your way up the hills amongst the rustic heather, hillside sheep, highland cows and perhaps you will even spot a native Grouse.

Golfing

Home of Golfing and the Ryder Cup 2014 ‐ Scotland boasts hundreds of courses to take your clubs to.

Crieff Golf Club is a stones throw away from The Tower, with Culcrieff Golf Course a close competitor. Comrie, St Fillans, Auchterarder and Muthill also have popular courses and are within an approximate 10 mile radius. With Gleneages and St. Andrews Links being obvious aspirational choices.


Outdoors

Come snow or sun the Glen Coe Mountain range is an idyllic place to visit! Experience the slopes in the winter and the rustic Highland terrain on a mountain bike in the summer. There is something for everyone here!

Take a hot air balloon ride over the stunning Perthshire valley and see the rolling hills and green fields below you!

Unleash your inner racing driver (Stig) at Knockhill Racing Circuit choose from a range of experiences or see the full potential of your own wheels… at your own risk!

There is an unmatched thrill galloping across a field! All horse lovers should definitely invest in a hack at Crieff Hydro and if you have never tried horse riding, this is a great time to try.

Swing like Tarzan, experience two of Britain's longest zipwires, a fabulous 150 feet above the ground ‐ test you dare devil limits at Go Ape!

Cycling

Centrally located in rural perthshire with a secure cycle shed, The Tower makes an ideal touring base.

Comrie Croft offers great trails and great bikes. Explore Crieff and the surrounding area, breathe in the fresh air and feel the wind in your hair!

You can also rent bikes and do your own route or opt for trails in the grounds of Crieff Hydro. The choice is yours!

Glen Coe has a range of mountain runs for all biking abilities. It is a surreal experience biking through the Scottish Glens!

Snowsports

Experience snow sports in Scotland whether you have never done it before or a pro looking for a challenge. Scotland's unpredictable weather can certainly make it an exciting ride but worthwhile none the less! Places worth checking out include Glen Coe Mountain Range, Caringorm Mountains, Glenshee, The Lecht and a bit further a field is the Nevis Range.

Don't be put off if there is a lack of snow, Snow Factor is the next best thing. For your burning desire to ski and board in summer ‐ this is the answer! Great day out for the family and a perfect way to learn the tricks of the trade.

Fishing

There are four main rivers for salmon fishing in Scotland which attract people from around the world. These include; the Dee, Spey, Tay and Tweed. Staying at The Tower apartments, the River Tay is practically on your door step and the river Dee is definitely an easy day trip away!

For Trout fishing there are also an abundance of places to visit and many nearby. Wellfield Trout Fishery is a popular fishing day out and you can even hire the gear. Sea trout, among others, can be found in the waters of the River Allan accessible from Kinbuck, Bridge of Allan and Dunblane, only about 20 minute drive from Crieff. Why not visit Scotland's only Lake, the Lake of Menteith, a popular rainbow trout fishing destination and well-stocked, you may see Osprey looking for their next meal. The Trossachs is a fisherman's paradise with plenty to offer! Hire a boat on the stunning Loch Lomond, stop off for a BBQ and have your picture taken with your catch! What more could you want?

The rustic Highlands of Glen Coe offers great fishing opportunities in the River Leven and River Coe, although geographically close they have quite different experiences to give.

For a family fishing affair, Auchingarrich Fishery may be a good place to start, giving you the basics to really get stuck in!

History

Scotland is home to approximately 2,000 castle and 5,000 years of incredible history! As a result of this rich history, making the Scots who they are today, Scotland has many attractions worth seeing! Here are a few suggestions to whet your palette.

Wallace Monument tells the story of heroic Scottish figure William Wallace. Climb the 246 steps and find yourself speechless with the panoramic views (and probably breathless too) as you look over the Ochils, the Forth Valley and Stirling, the Pentlands in the East and Ben Lomond and the Trossachs to the West. (*photo by Andrew Gilmore)

Experience the Battle of Bannockburn, 700 years after it took place. Celebrate Robert the Bruce, King of Scots and his victory in regaining control of Stirling Castle and the defeat of the English invasion.

The City built on a City! Did you know part of the Royal Mile, Mary King's Close, in Edinburgh was covered and the City Chambers built on top of it? For those who love a bit of history and archaeology, this is a must see. And just a short walk up the Royal Mile is Edinburgh Castle why not visit while you are there?

If you don't mind a bit of a drive, New Lanark is an excellent day out. Step back in time and experience a bygone era and learn about how we used to live. Take a boat across Lake of Menteith to Inch Mahome Priory, the ruins of an abbey, once inhabited by Monks that dates back to 1238. Take a picnic and lets the kids explore the ruins while you ponder the fact that King Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots both visited the Island.

Innerpeffray Library was the first free public lending library in Scotland, dating back to around 1680. Home to an amazing collection, book worms should definitely visit. Drummond Castle Gardens dates back to the 17th century. Today, the French- Italian style Victorian gardens boast beautiful rose bushes, immaculate hedges and water features. A short stroll from the car park has you arriving on the top terrace overlooking the majestic gardens.

Blair Castle and Gardens is a beautiful collection of historic landscape, magnificent buildings and stunning gardens. Wander amongst the colourful peacocks and soak up the culture and history.

Discover the history of Scotland's oldest Highland Regiment at The Black Watch Castle and Museum. Follow the journey to the present conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Make it a day out for the family by visiting the café and gift shop.

Named among the top 40 experiences in Europe Stirling Castle is a brilliant day out for the whole family. Step back in time with the re-creations and imagine the lavish life in this castle as a royalty or the hard work endured as a maid or servant. Stunning and fun learning, there is nowhere quite as exciting.

The stunning Glamis Castle is full of history, fantasy and class. With a history as long as 600 years in the hands of the Earls of Strathmore, Glamis Castle is a family treasure and one of Scotland's most spectacular castles.


Kids

There are plenty of child-orientated places around Perthshire to visit with the kids. The range of outdoor activities nearby are vast but the unpredictable Scottish weather doesn't always allow you to plan, so check out the rainy day suggestions and have a backup plan.


Outdoors

Crieff's newly refurbished Macrosty Park is the place to go on a sunny day! With almost £2million spent on renovation, the park boasts state of the art safe play facilities and Pavilion Café. The beautiful grounds are dog friendly, child friendly and a great place for a picnic. The Salmon ladder provides the chance to see leaping salmon too. It really is an idyllic place.

Get close to nature with over 70 different animals at Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre. A day at Auchingarrich will have you holding rabbits and chicks, releasing your inner daredevil on the flying fox, feeding the ponies, doing a spot of fishing or playing in the sun.

For those who love adventure, Crieff Hydro's Action Glen provides plenty of choice; archery, clay shooting, croquet, mountain biking, woodland combat, Aloft, climbing wall, segways, quadbiking and if that's not enough choice, you could take a trip to Loch Earn where you can water ski, wakeboard, tornado ride or hire boats.

Landmark Forest Adventure Park is a great day out for the whole family. Enjoy the excitement a forest has to offer by climbing the fire tower, sawing wood at the UK's only steam powered sawmill, spot red squirrels on the Treetop Trail and then experience the more daring attractions such as Skydiving, Ropeworx, Pinnacle climbing wall, and the Wildwater Coasters; Otter, Wildcat and if you dare Falcon!


On a Rainy Day

The Strathearn Community Campus has something for all ages! Leisure pool, fitness gym, squash courts, sports hall for badminton or 5-a-side football, and even a library for quieter moments.

Jump in the car and 5 minutes outside Crieff is Bennybeg and Ceramic Experience. Paint your own ornaments, enjoy a homemade cake and a cuppa while the kids play in the soft play area. Why not get your hoods up, wellies on and feed the ducks and swans while you are there? “You'll no shrink!”

Further afield, Perth has an abundance of exciting things to do. Kids love the slides and outdoor lagoon at Perth Swimming Pool, where under 5s go free! Remember to say hi to Jack, Oreo, Ruby, Bill and Ben too, Live Active's Turtles! With bowling, go-karting ceramic works and soft play, Noah's Ark is the perfect place for burning off some energy while avoiding the outdoors.


Wildlife

A brief 20 minute drive from Crieff is Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre. There is lots to do; play at the fabulous new play areas, fishing, hold rabbits and chicks, feed the ponies , release your inner daredevil on the flying fox, and see over 70 animals.

There is something so exciting about driving amongst animals… Kids love it! Blair Drummond Safari Park is home to Elephants, Lions, Tigers, Bears, Camels, Deer, Monkeys, Otters, Rhinos, Meercat and Bison. Walk through Lemur Land, get close at the petting zoo, take a trip to Chimp Island or fly across the river on the flying fox. And of course there is the Pirate Ship adventure play area with buried treasure! A must see is the Sea Lion show!

Camperdown Wildlife Centre has some of the most colourful birds! It's a great place to take a picnic and learn about wildlife.

Edinburgh Zoo is home to Tian Tian and Yang Guang ‐ the UK's only Giant Pandas. There are cafés and picnic areas so make a day of it and ensure you see the world famous Penguin parade, visit the UK's only Koalas and check out the Budungo Trail ‐ where you can get close to Chimpanzee and see the links with our closest relative.

Where else in Scotland can you see Polar Bears, Tigers and Wolves in the one place? Don't worry though they aren't in the same enclosure!! Highland Wildlife Park is worth the drive to. Take a drive round the safari before taking your time to stroll round the idyllic grounds. The breath taking views of the Scottish Highlands alone are worth the visit!

Ever seen a deer up close? From Roe Deer to Reindeer, Red Deer and Elk, The Scottish Deer Centre gives you the opportunity to become one with nature and see Scotland's beautiful beasts up close and personal.

Live on the wild side and take a Highland Safari through the forests, mountains or opt for a walking or cycling safari.

Beavers in Scotland, saving the red squirrels, these are just two of the projects undertaken by the Scottish Wildlife Trust. There is plenty to get involved in such as adopting an animal, watching the live webcams or visiting a reserve.

Based near the Firth of Forth, Deep Sea World lets you walk amongst the sharks, literally. Experience the underwater safari where sharks will swim above your head as you make your way through the tunnel. You might even be brave enough to take a dive and swim with them.

Go underwater at St. Andrew's Aquarium and enjoy the colourful fish, snappy lobsters, cute seals and what aquarium doesn't have meerkats? Ever seen a crocodile smile? Yup they even have crocs too!

People emerge from the Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary in awe at the variety of animals including seals, otters, turtles, starfish, stingrays and many more found at the sanctuary. Seal pups often run into difficulty with Scotland's unpredictable weather or face abandonment by their mothers, the sanctuary rescues the pups and nurses them back to health before releasing them back into the wild. The pups are so cute!

For the bird watchers out there, Phoenix Falconry, British School of Falconry and Argaty Red Kites are worth visiting.

If you are visiting Crieff in October or November you'll find salmon leaping the falls at Buchanty Spout.

Attractions

Discovery Point is your chance to envisage the heroic voyage to Antarctica and imagine being part of the most ambitious exploration ever taken! This 5 star attraction is suitable for the whole family, any time of year and in any weather!

A balance of old ideas and new technology, the Falkirk Wheel is quite something! Connecting the Clyde and Forth Canal with the Union Canal, this structure was voted one of the top seven waterway frameworks. You will be seriously surprised at how impressed you will be.

Imagine visiting the rainforest, touching an iceberg, escaping a volcano and having fun along the way! Dynamic Earth is the place to do just that. Learn about the past, present and future with the whole family!

Have a love for art? Kelvin Grove Art Galleries is a must visit! The blend of international pieces includes stunning sculptures, precious paintings and fancy furniture. Of course there are cafés and gift shops too!

After year of serving the Royal Family for over 40 years, Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia is now a five star visitor attraction berthed in Leith, Edinburgh. Have tea and cake in the Royal Deck Tearoom and feel like royalty.

Glasgow Science Museum promotes science and technology through fun and exciting learning. The IMAX is worth a visit too. The Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh dates back to 1670 and is home to a beautiful collection of plants and flowers. For those with green fingers this is a must visit and even for those who aren't it is a stunning location for a cake and cuppa.

Local

Crieff Visitor Centre has the most fabulous scones amongst other tasty cakes and lunch options. Visit the gift shop for cute trinkets and gifts, delve into the past at the antique centre, ponder over delicate glassware and watch the creation of opulent paperweights in the factory.

Check out all the walks nearby and get some fresh air, exercise and spot some of the local wildlife.

Famous Grouse Experience is your chance to visit Scotland's oldest distillery and witness with your own eyes the artic process of distilling whisky. Take the tour and sample the different blend of Grouse, have your photo taken with world's largest bottle of whisky and visit the gift shop full of fabulous Scottish souvenirs.

Located in Blackford, Tullibardine Distillery shares the same spring water as popular mineral water - Highland Spring. Once a brewery, Tullibardine distillery was born in 1949, yet it continues to operate using traditional methods.

Drive up the long beech avenue to Drummond Castle Gardens. A short stroll from the car park has you arriving on the top terrace overlooking the majestic gardens below. The French- Italian style Victorian gardens boast beautiful rose bushes, immaculate hedges and water features. These decadent gardens featured in the Hollywood film, Rob Roy.

The Nutcracker Christmas Shop is the largest permanent Christmas shop in the UK and if you are a Christmas fan it is definitely worth a look. Greeted by a 7 foot Santa at the door, 13 individual themed &ldquot;shops&rdquot; surround the huge Christmas tree in the centre piece presenting a fabulous photo opportunity.

For an intimate view of local history visit Crieff Nostalgia and see Crieff's evolution from a small market town into the budding tourist destination it is today.

Relax

Crieff, a historic hydropathic town, is full of spas and pampering salons for you to make the most of. Indulge yourself with an afternoon at Knock Castle Spa with a huge range of treatments for the ultimate chill out, including chocolate facials or massage.

For those wishing to lavish in luxury the place to do it is Gleneagles Luxury Spa. There is something for everyone, be it treatments for relaxation, rejuvenation or to revitalise both the body and mind, this multi award winning spa is certainly an experience to remember from the moment you walk in.

Marra Hair and Beauty can have you leaving a new person! Treat yourself to the full works; hair, nails, eyebrows, whatever you fancy ‐ relax and let the girls do the rest! Check out their Facebook page for daily offers. And because when your hair feels good, you feel good - pop into Sam Park Hairdressing if you fancy a blow dry, a quick trim or perhaps a more exciting put up style for your dinner date.

Eat

Guests of The Tower apartments benefit from 10% off all Tower food and drink. However, there are some other restaurants in Crieff you may like to know about.

Restaurants

The Gallery Restaurant presents an extensive menu with a range of Scottish, Mexican and Italian inspired dishes. The vegetarian dishes are uncompromised and kids are welcome with their own dedicated menu. Avanti Italian Restaurant offers a range of pasta and pizza dishes as well as weekly specials. There is something for everyone and a great place for kids.

For dining in a relaxed informal atmosphere, The Lounge is just the ticket. Fab too, for a just bottle of wine. Delivino's Italian inspired café and wine bar style has you feeling like you're in Italy. Pastas, pizzas or a glass of wine and a cake, your wish is their command.

For a special occasion, you may like to treat yourselves to Yann's French cuisine. The food is the exquisite and the presentation unmatched. There is also Crieff Hydro Hotel and the Murray Park Hotel, both have a variety dishes and indeed Crieff Hydro has several restaurants to choose from; including the Brasserie and the Meikle Restaurant. Knock Castle Rooftop Restaurant is a hidden gem, afternoon tea or A La Carte dining, the panoramic views of Strathearn are breathtaking.

Fancy something with a bit of spice? Thai E San does a range of yummy Thai dishes. Watch out for the Thai salad, it definitely has a kick to it. The Gurkhas Indian and Nepalese Restaurant and Sumeru Authentic Indian Restaurant have similar menus with something for everyone and great atmosphere all round! The naan breads are huge, if you have seen bigger ‐ let us know!


Further Afield

Three miles from Crieff, Muthill is home to the Barley Bree. French inspired with a Scottish twist, this restaurant will be enjoyed by foodies. When travelling is no problem you may like to visit the tranquil village of Comrie. There you will find the Deil's Cauldron and The Royal Hotel. The Deil's Cauldron is a unique experience ‐ dining in an 18th Century cottage. The food is Mediterranean and Scottish specialties with tapas as a lighter option. The elegance and charming ambience of The Royal Hotel matched in the traditional Scottish pub grub which is served with a slice of class.

See for yourself and check out the Trip Advisor Reviews for the area.


Takeaways (01764+)

Central Fish Bar ‐•‐ 652890
Royal China ‐•‐ 653406
The Gurkhas ‐•‐ 650350
Snakatak ‐•‐ 655658
Sumeru Indian Restaurant ‐•‐ 654008
Thai‐San ‐•‐ 652652


Days Out

There is so much to do in and around Crieff but you might want to see a bit more of Scotland and go further afield. Staying in Crieff provides a great central base for exploring the rest of Scotland - here are some suggestions of places we love to go for the day!

An international melting pot, Edinburgh is a great city and an exciting day out. Be it for shopping, culture or learning, Edinburgh has it all. A short drive from Crieff, or take the train from Dunblane and arrive in the heart of the buzzing city. Dynamic Earth and The National Museum of Scotland are great places to take the kids and even better the museum entry is free. If it is culture and a bit of history you are why not visit the Edinburgh Castle and Mary King's Close. The Royal Botanic Garden's stunning plant collection is a must see attraction. Don't forget to take a break at the Dome be it for lunch or coffee and a cake, this beautiful building is the most elegant place to go. And be sure to pop down for the Grassmarket for a local brew or traditional meal. If you are thinking of following the sunshine to Leith, make sure and visit The Royal Yacht Britannia! For those staying at The Tower Apartments in August and thinking of going to Edinburgh the Royal Mile is a must. You will see street performers, comedians, art, crafts and the atmosphere is amazing!! Top tip… for a great view of the city hike up Calton Hill or the Scott Monument

Hop on the train from Dunblane and visit the cosmopolitan city of Glasgow. Explore the city centre; the famous Sauchiehall Street, Argyle Street and Buchannan Street ‐ great shops and a fabulous buzz! Merchant City is full of great places for a drink or dinner too. Take the kids to the Science Museum for an IMAX. The West end is a great place to venture to. Wander through Kelvin Grove park and appreciate art at Kelvin Grove Art Gallery, check out the boutique shops, you might find a wee gem. And also in the West end is the Botanic Gardens known for the stunning dome greenhouses and the fabulous plant collection. For football lovers you can visit Hamden Stadium's football museum and for museum go-ers (minus the football) Riverside Museum and the Police Museum are great attractions. And for those who like a bit of adventure, Glasgow's Soar at Braehead offers climbing, snow sports, laser course, cinema, bowling and many other activities. If you fancy heading to Glasgow check out what's going on first

Stirling Castle and Wallace Monument are top priorities in Stirling. And if you are enjoying the rich history, The Battle of Bannockburn is also a great attraction. Blair Drummond Safari Park is nearby. For evening entertainment there is a Vue cinema and 10 pin bowling both situated in Riverside.

St. Andrews - home of golf and Scotland's oldest university ‐ is day trip worth taking. This quaint town and it's silver sand perhaps won't present you with a Prince but it has plenty to offer! Paddle in the cold North Sea - if you dare, putting the Himalayas, find Nemo at the aquarium or go back to war'time in Scotland's Secret Bunker.

The drive from Crieff to Oban, via Crainlarich and witness the dramatic highlands, windy roads and rustic surroundings. Pop in and visit the local sea life at the SEA LIFE Centre or explore Oban Distillery. There are plenty places for dinning but fish and chips is always a seaside favourite. Visit Oban's War and Peace Museum and imagine the pivotal role of this seaside town.

Make memories with through Glen Coe. Explore the secluded villages as you weave your way through the towering hills and across the trickling burns. Stop for photos of the wildlife, the waterfalls and be fascinated by the beauty surrounding you. Get active in any weather with Glen Coe Mountain; hire bikes, ride the snow, try out archery. There are many choices. Or enjoy the scenery with a picnic in the romantic Scottish Highlands.

Pitlochry is a brilliant day out of cute tearooms and quaint boutiques. Pitlochry is rich in history and oozes culture. Take a walk to Queen's View, cycle or perhaps visit Scotland's smallest distillery, Edradour Distillery for a wee dram and a tour! The hydroelectric dam and fish ladder is an interesting place to visit, though it is probably best to go during breeding season in the morning to see the salmon are leaping.


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