5 Picturesque Things to Do in Crieff, Scotland

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There’s no easier place to find picturesque things to do than in Crieff, Scotland. In fact, you’ll have a hard time finding things to do in Crieff that aren’t filled with beautiful landscapes.

This market town in Perth and Kinross is an oasis of stunning natural beauty, friendly people, and cultural experiences for visitors from all around.

We’ve gone to Crieff every year since we’ve been together (going on 6!) and it was my first experience of Scotland. I immediately fell in love with the fresh air, the summer days that seem to last all night, and the cozy winters filled with log fires and (if you’re lucky), beautiful blankets of snow.

Check out this list of picturesque things to do in Crieff, Scotland to help you plan the most memorable Scottish getaway.

Hey, sidenote! If you’re traveling to the UK or live in the UK, whether for a short period of time or as an expat, why don’t you join my Facebook group where you can ask questions, get advice or just look at pretty pictures of this part of the world! Just click here to request to join and I’ll add you!

Crieff Hydro

Crieff Hydro is one of the main hotels in town and has over 200 bedrooms in the main hotel and over 50 different properties where you can self-cater. There are multiple restaurants, a swimming pool, an adults-only swimming pool and spa, and lots of activities. From a ropes course to 4-wheeling to tennis, there’s something to do for everyone no matter what you’re interested in.

Drummond Castle and Gardens

Just south of Crieff in Muthill parish is this beautiful property with an incredible expanse of gardens that almost needs to be visited to be believed – pictures don’t do it justice, but I’ll give you a taste of what to expect anyway.

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The gardens date back to around the 1630s and are protected as a category A listed building. There are plenty of places to explore on the grounds, including a greenhouse and quiet areas perfect for catching up with friends.

When we were at Drummond Castle and Gardens, a film crew was filming in the grounds, which is no surprise when you see the interesting angles and colors here.

Horseback Riding

What better way to take in dramatic backdrops than on the back of a friendly horse? I would highly recommend the riding school at Crieff Hydro that offer trail rides as a great way to see Crieff, and one of my favorite things to do in Crieff.

They help you get aquainted with the horses before you ride, and then when you’re on the trail the guides are always working with you to ensure you’re comfortable and happy (and that the horse is too!)

Horse riding in Crieff comes especially handy when you don’t want to keep walking up all of the hills that make this place so great.

Crieff High Street

While Crieff High Street isn’t necessarily the most “natural” beauty of all, it’s still picturesque and has plenty of nooks and crannies to stumble upon.

Wander in and out of the family-owned shops to buy everything from birdseed to caramel shortbread, or stop in the local pub to chat with the locals or watch the game.

Hiking in Crieff

Crieff is perfect for hiking because of all of the trails and places to roam. Choose a hike ahead of time online or just go for a wander (keep your GPS on you though so you don’t get too lost)!

We love taking a picnic and hiking for the morning, then stopping at a spot somewhere to overlook the land below while enjoying our treats. Then, we hike back to where we started to experience the hike from another vantage point.

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The summer tends to be the best time for hiking in Crieff because of the weather, but you can go any time of year if you’re smart about your clothes/shoes and the weather conditions.

Crieff may be a small town, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t well-worth a visit. Scotland is in fine form in Crieff, and the beauty of Mother Nature is always on full display.

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1 year ago

So many great options. We love hiking and this looks like the perfect place for it! But then again, the horse riding option looks pretty amazing too!


1 year ago

This looks so pretty. It’s great that it’s so close to Edinburgh too. I’m hoping to visit Scotland next year so this has given me something to think about. Do you know what it’s like in the winter?


1 year ago

Hi Tasha!

It can get pretty cold in the winter, that’s for sure. But Crieff is a micro-climate, so should be slightly warmer that the surrounding areas. As I understand it, Crieff Hyrdo was used as a spa for this very reason.

There is a good chance of snow in the winter. One time we went in May and there was snow on some of the surrounding peaks!

It will be beautiful there, though, no matter the time of year!


1 year ago

I’ve never been to Crieff (and I live in Glasgow) but now I really want to go – it must make for a great weekend trip!! Thanks for sharing!


1 year ago

Despite being Scottish I’ve never been but will definitely have to time it for those sunsets!! So so beautiful, can’t beat hiking in Scotland either!

Stacy Pollard

1 year ago

Hi Kalyn! Just got back from Scotland — my first visit! Our family loved it and we truly hope to be back. Crieff looks amazing. Thank you for the beautiful post, hope you are doing great!


1 year ago

That’s amazing – what timing! Where did you go in Scotland? Was it super hot up there like it was down in London? So nice to hear from you and I hope that you and your family are doing great as well!


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