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Crieff Heritage Trail. Follow the
footsteps on the map and you will be taken on a tour of Crieff.
Many of the buildings have red cast-iron information plaques
giving a brief description of their importance. The “Crieff
Heritage Trail” leaflet gives you the full details of all the
sites on the Trail. We recommend that you obtain one (20p) from
the Tourist Information Centre located in the old Tolbooth where
the trail starts.
The old Tolbooth and Tourist Information
Centre. Here you will see The Drummond Cross, the 9th
Century Cross known as The Burgh Cross and Crieff Stocks which
held offenders by their ankles. Make sure you go downstairs to
view the dungeon and “Black Hole”, the town’s much used cells.
trail takes you round the Old Parish Church of St Michael
then past the Old Toll House and up
into Rectory Road. Take Nellfield Road and
then Strathearn Terrace past the splendour of today’s St
Michael’s Church. As you ramble down Ferntower Road, look down
Victoria Terrace to view magnificent Victoria Villas. Then
stroll on to the High Street.
and browse through some of the shops, making sure to visit J. L.
Gill – The Tryst, “one of the last remaining traditional
grocers”. On the corner of West High Street and Comrie Street,
you will find “The Nutcracker Christmas Shop” which is also well
worth a stop. Here you will find some of the very best Christmas
gifts and decorations from around the world.
James Square you will find the magnificent drinking fountain
erected by the inhabitants of Crieff as a thanks for the “many
benefit received from the Murrays of Ochtertyre.”
At the end of Comrie Street, enjoy the
magnificent views past the War Memorial out to the hills to the
west of the town.
down Burrell Street and notice the junction of the Lodge Street
and Burrell Street, commonly known as ‘The Square,’ though the
houses are laid out in the
shape of an octagon. Take Roy Street to King Street then over to
Commissioner Street to see The Factor’s
House, lived in by the Factor of the
Drummond Earls of Perth’s Annexed Estates in 1755. the house is
at the level of the original street.
Follow Duchlage Road back to the Toll House or continue to
explore other of the interesting sites on the Crieff Heritage
Library was founded, along with a school, beside the
Collegiate Chapel of St Mary in 1680 for the dissemination of
learning and wisdom for the good of the community by David
Drummond, the 3rd Lord Madertie. The library is the earliest of
its kind in Scotland. Many of the books date from before the
library’s foundation. The chapel has a hand-painted ceiling.
Open March to Oct 10am to 12.45 and 2 to 4.45pm, Sun 2 to 4pm,
(closed Thurs). off B8062, 10mins from either Crieff or
Auchterarder. Tel:01764 652819
A church has
been known to be on this site since as early as 1365. This
chapel was built by John, first Lord Drummond, who provided
endowments for 4 chaplains whose function was to pray for the
welfare and salvation of himself and his family. The church
survived the Reformation by being used as a family burial place
and to house the Library. Visit and view the hand-painted
Crieff Walks Leaflet, including map,
describes 8 walks ranging from 1 to 8 miles (1.5 to 13kms), from
riverside strolls to a more strenuous climb to Crieff’s best
view points. The introduction to each walk tells a bit about
terrain and difficulty: there are gradients and scenery to suit
a variety of tastes, levels of ability and fitness. Lady Mary’s
Walk and Bennybeg Nature Trail are accessible to wheel chairs
and pushchairs. The countryside is famous for its flora, fauna
and places of historical interest. Leaflets are available from
the Tourist Information Centre.
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