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Crieff and the Surrounding Area
The historic market town of Crieff is located in the Strathearn region of central Perthshire amidst spectacular scenery on the southern edge of the Highlands. The town is a centuries-old Scottish crossroads where traditional east-west and north-south routes converge. With the coming of the railway in Victorian times, its clear air and beautiful scenery saw Crieff develop as a tourist destination and it remains a major Scottish tourism hub today.
Crieff is host to many attractions, the traditional High Street has a wide range of independent shops, galleries and cafes. Close to the town centre is the famous and recently restored Macrosty Park whose terraced gardens offer views over the valley of the River Earn, which borders the town and provides scenic walks along its wooded banks whatever the season.
A major visitor attraction in Crieff is the Glenturret Distillery, Scotland's oldest distillery, which has an extensive visitor centre and a Michelin-starred restaurant and offers guided tours and whisky tastings.
Strathearn Arts presents a extensive programme of events including film, live music, theatre, comedy and dance and has an eclectic selection of work by local artists and craft makers for sale in its box office and shop on Comrie Street.
In mid August Crieff holds its Highland Gathering with track and field events, traditional highland sports, highland dancing competitions and pipe band displays. For the Golf enthusiast, Crieff has a fine 18 hole course close to Downfield, with an impressive vista over the Earn Valley south to the Ochil Hills. For those with a taste for fine dining, the town and the immediate surrounding area hosts a number of excellent award-winning restaurants.
Crieff has a number of famous sons, including actors Ewan McGregor and Denis Lawson.
Recently Ewan narrated this short video about Crieff as a holiday destination.
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