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Comrie is located
6 miles west of Crieff on the A85.
from the Gaelic “conriuth” meaning ‘confluence of streams’, is
aptly named as the River Lednoch and Waters of Ruchill join the
River Earn here. There has been a village here since records
began with the Romans calling it ‘Victoria’ and the Picts
calling it ‘Aberlednock’.
in the heart of west Strathearn, this attractive town is an
excellent location from which to enjoy the local countryside by
going on a series of walks. Comrie has six interesting local
walks, the main one being to the Melville Monument on the hill
overlooking the town. A good walking map is available from local Comrie shops and cafes.
The Comrie Flambeaux procession is performed at midnight on New
Year’s Eve to drive out evil spirits from the village. It starts
at Melville Square. Huge blazing torches are carried through the
streets accompanied by a local pipe band and villagers dressed
in fancy costumes.
House. In the 19th Century a group of locals in Comrie,
later known as The Comrie Pioneers (including the postmaster and
the shoemaker), decided to record and research seismic activity
in the area. It was considered that the instruments used at the
time ‘were crude and inadequate’. In 1840, they started to
devise more accurate methods of recording earthquakes. Seven
devices using pendulums, one mercury-filled horizontal tube and
two horizontal bar vertical motion instruments were developed,
today called seismometers. In 1874, a small building to house
the equipment was constructed.
You can see a seismological observatory
and information on the early history of seismology here, set up
with the help of the British Geological Survey. Open all year.
Located on the outskirts of Comrie on the A85. Turn left over
the arched stone bridge signed for Trout Farm. Once over the
bridge drive straight on (not to Trout Farm) and you will see
Earthquake House in the field on your right.
Comrie Walks Leaflet. This
leaflet provides excellent information on six walks from Comrie.
The leaflet, with detailed colour maps, will guide you on
spectacular views of the area, along river banks, the witch’s
cauldron, peaceful woods amongst many others. A great way to get
to know and see the are surrounding this beautiful little town.
The Comrie Walks leaflet is available from Crieff Tourist
Information Centre as well as local shops and businesses in
Comrie. Cost £2.00.
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