Address: Strathearn House, Ferntower Road, Crieff PH7 3LQ
If you are considering a luxurious stay in Perthshire, then Crieff Hydro could be the perfect destination for you. Set on a hillside overlooking this pleasant, historic market town, Crieff Hydro could be your home away from home in the heart of Scotland.
Whether you are looking to explore the area on an active adventure, enjoy a family holiday or a romantic retreat for two, the accommodation offered here could be exactly what you are looking for.
Why Choose Crieff Hydro?
There are plenty of reasons why Crieff Hydro could be the perfect choice for your next holiday. Below, you will find details of exactly what is on offer in terms of the accommodation, dining, entertainment and attractions at the hydro itself and in the surrounding area.
However, before we go into the details, lets take a look at the highlights and give you a taste of what you can expect from a stay here. Here are just some of the reasons to choose Crieff Hydro for your next holiday:
Fresh air & stunning views.
The chance to choose between luxury hotel rooms & self-catering (and dog-friendly) accommodation.
Perfect family-friendly escapes, with free daily childcare.
A selection of fine dining and relaxed eating options to choose from.
Plenty of free activities and other action adventures.
Luxurious and relaxing spa days.
Great rates for business events.
Romantic options for anniversaries, weddings & honeymoons.
What is more, Crieff Hydro is a green place to stay. They take things seriously when it comes to the environment and have been awarded the Gold Green Tourism Award.
They recycle as much as possible and always aim to send less to landfill. What is more, the head gardener and his team re-use materials to make cool new pop-up bars for party nights, storage units for outside the self-catering accommodation, and play structures for kids.
Old duvets are sent as starter packs for homeless people, or to cat and dog shelters. Soaps saved from the bathrooms are recycled for use in countries with poor sanitation through Mary's Meals. Old furniture and other bits and pieces will also be sent to Remake Scotland.
Solar panels, efficient boilers and water saving showers also help Crieff Hydro go greener. They source local produce wherever possible and encourage their guests to do their bit too. A £1 donation to the Big Tree Country Initiative is included on the bill.
Getting to Crieff Hydro
Crieff can be reached by bus from a number of Scottish cities, including Perth, Stirling and Dundee. The nearest train station is in Gleneagles, just 11.6 miles from Crieff Hydro.
There are also train stations around 17 miles away in Perth, and in Dunblane. For a small charge, you can also be picked up from one of these train stations and taken straight to the hydro. Just chat to the friendly sales staff to find out more.
If you are coming by car, Crieff lies on the A85 between Perth and Crianlarich, and the A822 between Greenloaning and Aberfeldy. Car parks are dotted around the estate and if you choose a self-catering option, it will have its own car parking space.
Crieff Hydro Accommodation
When you stay at Crieff Hydro, you can choose between the hotel, and self-catering options. The hotel offers rooms for 1-6 people, at the heart of the hydro estate. There you can choose between executive, signature rooms, family rooms and standard rooms.
While you can expect a high level of luxury as standard, you can also upgrade to enjoy extras such as handmade sweets and fluffy bathrobes. All hotel guests will enjoy a full Scottish breakfast every day.
The range of self-catering options include lodges, cottages, apartments, plus cosy cabins dotted around the estate. Options sleep between 2 and 16 people. There are options close to the hotel at the heart of the estate, or hidden in woodland or nestled in pleasant surroundings up to a mile away.
All self-catering guests will be given a welcome pack upon their arrival, with locally sources essentials to get you started on your first day. Families are welcome – including four-legged friends – dogs are welcome at a charge of £35 per dog, or £20 per dog (maximum of 2 dogs per unit) for up to a week. Read our blog post for more dog friendly hotels in Scotland.
If you wish to book a specific self-catering option then there is an additional charge of £20 per night to guarantee your favourite.
Crieff Hydro Dining
Whether you choose to stay in the hotel or in self-catering accommodation, there are no fewer than six diverse dining options to choose from. These are:
The grandest of the hotel's restaurants, yet still enjoying a family-friendly vibe, the Meikle offers locally sourced, seasonal Scottish food – classics lovingly cooked with a 21st Century twist, with options for visitors old and young.
After dinner, you can also relax in the cosy bar area, which is complete with a grand piano and a 7ft whisky wall.
You can also enjoy the vibe at the Brasserie, where artisanal Scottish food with rustic French flair is served in a chic environment.
At the Brasserie bar, you can also enjoy a range of interesting tipples, including Scottish gins, small-batch vodkas and micro-brew beers, as well as delicious wines.
If you are looking for a slice of modern Italy for the family then come to Piccolo. Friendly and informal, this is a place to enjoy colourful tasting dishes, fresh pasta and stonebaked pizzas served from the enormous pizza oven at the heart of the open kitchen.
With all the vibrancy of a bustling cafe in Rome, this is a relaxed and appealing dining experience for all. The gelato, made in St Andrews by fourth generation Italians, is sure to impress even the fussiest of guests.
The hub it at the heart of operations here at Crieff Hydro. Pop in for some breakfast, some mid morning coffee, a light lunch or an informal fish and chips, a hot dog, or some delicious burgers. Chill out with a few Brew Dog beers, or watch live sports from the comfy sofas, while kids do their own thing up on the gallery.
Tucked away up in the glens, this could be the perfect place to grab a bite to eat or some refreshments after a walk or another outdoors adventure. The clubhouse offers soups, sandwiches, salads and ice creams, and even dogs are welcome to come here as you enjoy a relaxed lunch.
From morning to sun down, the winter garden offers a sunny spot with breathtaking views of the Strathearn Valley. Here, you can enjoy a coffee, afternoon tea, or perhaps a G&T of an evening. There are plenty of delicious baked goods and sweet treats to choose from.
Crieff Hydro Child Care
When you book direct with Crieff Hydro, there are a range of freebies included.
All guests, whether they stay in the hotel or in self-catering accommodation, are entitled to two sessions of free childcare every day, for every kid aged 2-12 years.
Big Country Childcare sessions are two hours long and you can choose to enrol kids in two of four sessions each day for free. You can join those sessions together for just £5 to get 4.5 hours alone time for Mum and Dad.
This charge includes a snack and drink to keep kids happy. You can also add an extra session, or opt to have the evening to yourself, for an additional £10 charge. There are plenty of exciting things for kids to do that are included in the cost of your stay – just book ahead of time to arrange the childcare you want or need.
Guests can also enjoy the swimming pool and the gym as part of their stay. There is a soft play area for kids, and Victorian Gardens where you can meet friendly rabbits Cocoa and Fudge.
You can enjoy a film in the cinema gratis, play a game on the giant chessboard, or enjoy evening entertainment such as family quizzes, ceilidhs and live bands.
All that is just the tip of the iceberg. Guests can also find plenty more to see and enjoy around the 900 acres of pristine Perthshire countryside of the Crieff Hydro estate.
If all the free activities are not enough, there is much, much more on offer here and in the surrounding area. A range of action breaks and outdoors activities are available.
From £60 per person, your stay at Crieff Hydro could include not only the accommodation and free entertainment options outlined above but also a 1 hour session of archery or air rifles.
From £75 per person, you could enjoy a 1 hour session of Aloft! (aerial tightropes, ziplines, rope bridges, cargo nets & climbing walls) or Segways and from £85, that one hour session could include quad biking or clay pigeon shooting.
Guests could also choose to add a longer session of one or more of the above activities to their stay.
The whole family can also enjoy mountain bike or electric bike hire, and indulge in cycling adventures around the 900 acre Crieff hydro estate. Mountain bike hire (including helmets) costs from just £5, and electric bikes can be hired for an hour, two hours or four hours from just £15.
Guests who crave a little more speed could also consider exploring the estate not only on a Segway or a Quad bike, but also in a 4x4 in the Driving School.
Segway adventures are suitable for those aged 10 and over. Quad bike adventures can be enjoyed by those aged 8 and up. In a 4x4, adults can be a passenger, or take the wheel. You can undertake the muddy courses in one of their vehicles – or in your own.
Horse riding lessons are available from £27, for ages 8 and up (with a weight limit of 13 stone). Instructors will help you improve your skills, whether you are a complete beginner or more advanced.
You can also book a hack to explore the estate on horseback, while younger riders can enjoy lead-rein session (for those aged 4-8) . There is also the option of a pony ride for little ones aged 5 and under on a Shetland pony.
Keen golfers can get in some practice on the estate's 6 hole golf course in Action Glen, or enjoy a full 18 hole course at nearby Crieff Golf Course. Disk golf, foot golf and crazy golf also offer more goofy golfing options for the whole family.
Crieff Hydro has also partnered up with Loch Earn Watersports to offer a range of activities on nearby Loch Earn. Be towed in an inflatable behind a power boat, or try waterskiing or wakeboarding. Between April and September, you can enjoy adventure on water as well as on land.
Crieff Hydro Spa
If all that seems like a little too much action, Crieff hydro also offers the chance to enjoy a more relaxing break with a range of spa treatments.
Spa stays have been offered here for over 150 years at the historic spa hotel. Spa breaks are offered for adults from just £120 per person, a price which includes a double or twin room (with breakfast), choice of treatments and use of the Victorian Spa, as well as all other hotel facilities, plus a gift set worth £24.
Spa days are also available for non-resident guests.
Spa treatments include facials, massages, aromatherapy and hair cuts and styling – everything you need to feel great, look great and bliss out.
At the Victorian Spa (adults only) you can slip into the pool, which is not too hot, not too cold. You can brave the ice fountain and cold shower, or take a warm shower. You can also relax and unwind in the steam room and sauna, or spend some time in the spa bath.
There are plenty of poolside loungers on which to relax, and spacious changing rooms. Sessions are £10 for two hours – just be sure to book your session in advance. Numbers are strictly limited to maintain the serene ambiance.
Crieff Hydro for Romance
Crieff Hydro is wonderful for those looking for a romantic retreat. Whether you are planning a romantic getaway, looking for a place to pop the question, or for a special anniversary, this could be a wonderful choice.
Crieff Hydro is a popular place for stag and hen dos. You can get married here too. Crieff Hydro is a popular place to tie the knot, and could also be a delightful honeymoon destination.
Stag and hen weekends can be arranged from £235 per person. These packages include self-catering accommodation on Friday and Saturday night, a choice of crowd-pleasing activities at Action Glen and the Spa, pizza and Prosecco or tapas and wine delivered to the lodge on Saturday night, a lazy morning tea in the Winter garden on Sunday before noon and no rush to check out on Sunday.
If you want a small, intimate wedding for 12 guests, or a large event for up to 120, Crieff Hydro can help you plan your big day. Wedding menus are created by three-time award winning Scottish chef, Bruce Price.
From the flowers to the photos, they can arrange everything you need to help getting hitched go without a hitch. A package based on 50 guests and 30 additional evening guests for a wedding costs just £3,400.
Crieff Hydro for Business
Crieff Hydro is a famously family-friendly destination, and also well known for its romantic options for couples. But this is a place for business too. Crieff hydro can help you arrange your business get-togethers, including team-building events with a range of fun activities, meetings with space for 6 to 600 colleagues or delegates, and functions or big-scale business events.
Whether you are considering a stay in Crieff Hydro for family fun, relaxation, action, romance or for work, another reason to choose Crieff Hydro are the attractions that can be found in the surrounding area. Here are some of the highlights in the Crieff area:
Crieff High Street
Crieff is an historic market town, well known for its history of cattle droving and for its whisky. (And for being the home town of famous actor, Ewan McGregor.) It has become a hub for tourism in Perthshire and welcomes many visitors each year.
A great way to get an introduction to the town is to take a short stroll along the high street. Here you will find a range of traditional shops and independent Scottish businesses, which allow for a unique and enjoyable shopping experience.
Natural Attractions, Nature & Wildlife Walks
Standing above the cosy cabins at Crieff Hydro you will find an attractive promontory known as 'The Knock'. You can hike, bike or even take a horse ride or a Segway ride up the paths that lead from Crieff High Street up to the top of the wooded hill. Follow the different paths around the Knock to enjoy beautiful views over Crieff and the surrounding area. However you explore the Knock, a visit here is essential for all nature-loving visitors to the area.
Lady Mary's Walk
Whatever the season, this is another of the most popular walks in the Crieff area. A four mile track, it begins at MacRosty Park, where you will find plenty of parking. Cross the Turret Burn Bridge and you will find yourself on the Lady's Walk. There are two paths to choose from – the original, rather muddy, rugged track or an upgraded path. The walk will take you through beautiful woodland, with oak, beech, lime and sweet chestnut trees and there are plenty of opportunities to spot native wildlife. For those who don't mind a bit more of a challenge, you can continue on up the trail to reach Baird's Monument.
Another area for nature walks in the area is Torlum hill. This hill is less that 400m high, yet offers sweeping views from a heathery summit reached by means of woodland trails. Take a stroll to the top to enjoy an overview of the picturesque surrounding area.
Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre
Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre is a great place for kids and adults alike to get up close to a range of creatures. You can see over 50 different animals, including farm animals and more exotic species such as lemurs and marmosets. You can also take woodland walks to a viewing platform, and kids can enjoy outdoors and indoors play areas.
Deil's Cauldron Waterfall
A circular walk of under 5 miles on way-marked trails from Comrie, just down the road from Crieff, will take you to the waterfall known as the Deil's Cauldron, with an optional steep, additional ascent to a monument called the Melville Monument – an obelisk, which also offers a fine viewpoint over the surrounding landscape.
If you are a Munro bagger, looking for more of a hill-walking challenge, you could consider an ascent of Ben Chonzie. This is the highest point of the heather moorlands to the north of Crieff.
While not the most exciting or dramatic of Scotland's peaks, this mountain could offer a summer hike for climbers without much Munro bagging experience, or a chance to check another peak off the list.
Comrie is an attractive, historic conservation village just a few miles from Crieff. This was the site of an early bridge over the river Earn and the Romans built a fort here on the south side of the river. Comrie's claim to fame is that it is the earthquake capital of the UK. It has more, and more intense, earthquakes than anywhere else in the British Isles. Visitors can see 'Earthquake house', which was built in 1874 and houses earthquake sensors.
Drummond Castle is Crieff's top historic site. Here you will find a tower house built in the late 15th Century and a 17th Century mansion (both rebuilt in Victorian times). But it the formal terraced gardens that are the main attraction. The gardens are the best such example in Scotland.
Near Crieff you will find Innerpeffray Library the oldest free, public lending library in the country. This is a great place to touch the past and get an unforgettable experience of Scottish heritage.
Scotch malt whisky has been made here since 1775. The 'Famous Grouse' is made here at this famous distillery. Visitors can learn more about this iconic whisky brand in the 'Famous Grouse Experience'. The award-winning tours, cafe and shop here make this one of Scotland's top whisky destinations.
Crieff Hydro could be the perfect base from which to explore this area's attractions.