Crieff is a Town situated 17 miles
west of Perth.
The Town is popular for its Visitor
Centre, Golf, Crieff Hydro Hotel, Park
with a Cafe, Glenturret Whisky Distillery Visits , and Drummond Castle Gardens.
View a Click on Map for the Area
Attractions and Mountains.
The image top is of Crieff Visitor Centre on the
south side of the Town with Shops, popular
Diner, Highland Drovers Exhibition, and Plant
The War Memorial is on the west end of the
Crieff Town Hall is on the east side of the
High Street with James Square in the centre of
the High Street. Most of the Shops and Cafes
are around the Square.
Hotel is on the north side of the Town,
popular for holidays, short breaks, and has
about 60 activities with some extreme outdoor
sports and Off Road 4X4s.
Club is on the east side of the Town, a top
Parks Course with a large Clubhouse.
MacRosty Park is on the west side of Crieff
with Kids Play and a Cafe.
Under 2 miles northwest of Crieff is the
Glenturret Whisky Distillery. The
Distillery has a Shop, Bar Lounge, Cafe, and
offers a range of Tours. This used to be the home The Famous Grouse Experience until it was taken over by the French company Lalique Group in 2019.
Just over 3 miles south of Crieff are the
Drummond Castle Gardens, one of the top Gardens in
Scotland to visit. The Gardens are open at
Easter weekend, then from 1st May to 31st
Four miles south of Crieff is the small
village of Muthill with the
Muthill Old Church, well worth visiting.
1600s - Crieff grew around Cattle Droving
with many Cattle being brought down from the
Highlands to be sold at Crieff Cattle Market.
Highland Cattle at that time were Black in
colour. Records state the land around Crieff
would be black with Cattle.
1690s - the River Earn Bridge was built.
The busy Town attracted many Cattle Rustlers
and Thieves, leading to Law and Order having to
be enforced with Hanging being the main
A Hanging Tree was used at first to deter
criminals. This was replaced in the 1700s by
Wooden Gallows that could Hang a number of
criminals at one time. These Gallows were where
Gallowhill is today.
1700s early - Rob Roy MacGregor regularly
visited Crieff to sell cattle. Rob Roy was a
Drover with a business partner that took off
with his money. This led to him turning to
Cattle Rustling, becoming the most famous
Cattle Rustler in Scotland.
1716 - during the second Jacobite
Rising, 350 Highlanders returning from the
Battle of Sheriffmuir destroyed most of Crieff
1731 - the local landowner from Drummond Castle 3 miles south, James
Drummond, 3rd Duke of Perth, laid out James
Square in the centre of the town and built a
Flax Factory to manufacture Linen.
1730s - a Military Road was built through
Crieff as the Government set about trying to
control Scots Clans.
1746 - during the third Jacobite Rising, the
Jacobite army camped at Crieff with Prince
Charles Edward Stuart holding a meeting in the
old Drummond Arms Inn in James Square.
A few weeks later, the Jacobite's were
defeated for the final time at the Battle of
1770s - Falkirk began taking much of the
Cattle Droving business from Crieff.
1818 - the Glenturret Whisky Distillery
opened just outside Crieff.
1850s - the Railway had linked most of
Scotland's Cities and large Towns, leading to
the end of Cattle Droving.
1856 - Crieff Railway Station opened with a
link to Perth, and from there the rest of the
1868 - Crieff Hydro Hotel opened, attracting
many visitors to the area.
The Town also attracted Wealthy Businessmen
from the Cities who built grand houses to serve
as their second homes.
1882 - Crieff Free Church was built.
1883 - Crieff Parish Church is built.
1891 - Crieff Golf Club was founded.
1964 - Crieff Railway Station closed.
1990 - the Glenturret Distillery opened its
Famous Grouse Experience visitor centre.