The Glenturret Distillery, The Hosh, Crieff, PH7 4HA – 01764 656565
Monday – Sunday; 10 am – 6 pm
It’ll take you no more than five minutes to get to the Glenturret Distillery — Scotland’s oldest — by car from the hotel. It’s a little longer on foot but you’ll be able to enjoy a dram when you get there. Follow the walking route from Action Glen.
The distillery hosts a number of great tours where you’ll learn how they create The Glenturret Highland Single Malt. Tours start from £10 and run throughout the year. If you’re feeling energetic, you could spend a full day working as a Stillman, to get a real understanding of this time-honoured craft.
This leafy path next to the River Earn will shield you from the formidable rays of the Scottish summer sun, and (possibly) even the rain. Start at the bridge at Turretbank Road across from the Macrosty Park car park, where there’s plenty of free parking, and turn left along the path alongside Turret Burn. Head through the gate to reach the banks of the River Earn and you’ve reached the start of Lady Mary’s walk.
It’s a picturesque route that features mature oak, beech, lime, and sweet chestnut trees – some of the larger ones are over 150 years old. Visit at the right times and you might even catch sight of some herons, kingfishers, grey wagtails, oystercatchers, and otters – if you’re really lucky. And keep your eyes open for the woodland fairy house, and fairies of course.
For a longer walk, turn right when you reach the gap in the old railway embankment and take the circular route to nearby Laggan Hill. It’s well signposted – and the views are well worth the effort. Read more about Lady Mary’s Walk! Looking for more of a wander or wanting to bag that next Munro?
Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre, Comrie PH6 2JE. 01764 679469
Monday – Sunday; 10 am – 6 pm
This 100-acre wildlife park has over 70 types of animal − from albino wallabies, meerkats and lemurs to native red deer and wild cats. For little kids, there’s an indoor and outdoor play area, play barn, crazy golf, and pony rides in the summer. For big kids (most of us, really) there’s also falconry, fishing, a gift shop, and a coffee shop.
To get there from Crieff, take the A85 to Comrie, turn left into Bridge Street and continue for two miles before picking up the signs for Auchingarrich. Tickets for the park cost £8.45 for adults and £6.95 for kids, or £28.50 for a family ticket. It’s open all year round from 10 am till 5 pm.
It should take just under an hour to drive to Pitlochry from the hotel on the A85 and A9. If you prefer, you can take the scenic route through the ‘Sma Glen’ via the A822. Once you arrive, there’s plenty to do and see. This long-established holiday destination abounds with beautiful scenery, rich clan history, and plenty of places to eat.
There are plenty of local walks and cycling routes, plus museums and distilleries to visit nearby. Why not explore one of the oldest working distilleries in Scotland, Blair Athol Distillery, or take in the glorious Loch Tummel at the Queen’s View, named after Queen Victoria herself who visited in 1866. If you’re feeling energetic, why not take a hike and bag Ben Vrackie or take the 40m plunge off the Garry Bridge with only permanent bungee jumping operation in the UK – there’s more to this quaint town that you might think.
This award-winning paint-your-own-pottery studio is just three miles south of Crieff on the A822. If you’re ready to have a go at painting your piece of ‘bisque’ (unpainted pottery), this is the place for you.
The friendly staff will help you and your children create your masterpiece. There’s also a soft play area, a café and a ball pool for kids. Parking and entry are free and you don’t need to book — just turn up and create. It’s open 10 am–5 pm on weekdays and 10 am-5.30 pm at weekends.
While you’re there, you might also want to try the nearby Bennybeg Nature Trail.
Ready to up your adrenaline levels with our 230 metre zip line, experience the four-wheeled mayhem of the quad bikes, or something more relaxing, like archery? With more than 30 activities you’ll be spoiled for choice.
Now home to the newest family adventure – Glen’s Adventure Park, fun for all ages and complete with 7m high wooden replica of the hotel!
It’s open 365 (or 366) days of the year. So if playing crazy golf on Christmas Day is your thing, Action Glen is your El Dorado.
We haven’t forgotten the little ones either. With treasure hunts, bushcraft skills, crazy golf, quad pods, and much more, there’s plenty to keep the under 5’s happy.
On those days when you feel like staying closer to home, you’ll find plenty to do in and around the hotel. Like our daily film screening, Name That Tune competition on Tuesday evenings, and even the zoo lab, where you’ll come face to face with some unusual creatures.
Blair Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, Pitlochry, PH18 5TL – 01796 481207
Currently closed, will re-open Spring 2021.
Blair Castle and Gardens
Located in Highland Perthshire in the Cairngorms National Park, 90 minutes from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness. Blair Castle provides the perfect stop on your journey for exploring Scotland.
Enjoy a personalised welcome for your group, followed by a self-guided tour around 30 of our beautiful rooms with translated notes in each room. Visit our gift shop filled with local products and then spend time in our Tullibardine Restaurant for lunch, speciality tea & coffee and homebaked cakes. Head out into the grounds and enjoy walking round Hercules our 9 acre walled garden, discover some of the tallest trees in Britain in Dianas Grove and for the kids there is our deer park and adventure playground.
Crieff High Street is a great place to spend a morning or an afternoon. If you’re here on the second Saturday of the month don’t miss the country market for fresh local produce, crafts, baking, jams and preserves, local artisans, and lots more.
Gordon & Durward’s sweetie shop is a must; so is the Christmas shop, which is open all year round. Strathearn Gallery features artwork from leading Scottish artists, as well as a wide selection of ceramics, glass, and jewellery. Carnelian crafts, on Comrie Street, is an Aladdin’s cave of glass treasures from local and other artists.
Your kids will love the Fun Junction — a traditional toy shop with a modern twist. McNee’s of Crieff is a deli that stocks old favourites, like tablet and shortbread, alongside the Mediterranean tastes of cured meats and cheeses.
To get there, stroll down the hill, past Morrison’s Academy School and you’ll be at the Square. If you’re feeling peckish when you arrive then grab a table at Café Rhubarb or Delivinos – and our sister hotel the Murraypark is a handy stop-off on the way back up the hill.
The Knock is a wooded hill that lies just north of the hotel. The name comes from ‘cnoc’, Gaelic for the hill.
It’s easy to reach from the hotel’s front door — head uphill past the Riding Centre and along the road before turning right onto the wide path just after the car park.
It’s a popular choice for walkers of every ability. You can take the short but steep hike to the summit, or enjoy a gentler ascent via the circular path — recommended if you have a buggy. Whatever route you take, you’ll be rewarded at the summit with great views across Strathearn.