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Crieff offers an unenviable base for golfers who wish to play different courses each day. You could easily spend two weeks here without treading on the same ground. From the magnificent PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles - the venue for the 2014 Ryder Cup - to the local 9-hole courses at Muthill, Comrie and St Fillans, each course has its own distinctive personality and challenges for the keen golfer, while at the same time offering unrivalled views of beautiful Perthshire.
The Tourist Information Office has a couple of good packages on offer:
For 9-hole courses, many of which are local to Crieff, use the Perthshire Highlands Golf Ticket, whereby you can golf for three or five rounds (each of 18 holes) for a discounted price. The courses are Comrie, Muthill, St Fillans, Dunkeld and Killin.
The Perthshire Green Card gives you a choice of 3 or 5 rounds at the following 18 hole courses: The Ferntower Course at Crieff Golf Club, Aberfeldy, Alyth, Blairgowrie, Glenisla, Murrayshall, Muckhart, King James VI, Craigie Hill, Strathmore, Pitlochry, Taymouth Castle, Green Hotel (Kinross-shire), Whitemoss.
The Crieff Golf Club offers the Ferntower Course, which is an 18-hole championship layout with a par of 71, with magnificent views over the Strathearn valley. The Dornock 9-hole round is equally impressive. It is recommended that you book your tee-off times in advance.
The Foulford Inn, towards the Sma' Glen has a 9-hole course… and what a better way to finish (in Katy's opinion) at the bar!
The Crieff Hydro Hotel Golf Centre has a 9-hole course (par 32), as well as a 6-hole pitch and putt course (suitable for beginners or younger golfers) There is also a practice green, driving range and 9 hole krazy golf course. Equipment is available for hire, along with tuition.
The Gleneagles Hotel courses are now open to the public.
Trek out over the hills or learn the basics in a covered and enclosed arena at one of the local horse-riding schools.
Alichmore Livery and Riding Centre, located approximately half a mile outside Crieff offers trekking, tuition and group lessons for all levels
Strathearn Stables, at the Hydro Hotel offers one hour rides and lessons, jumping lessons, longer rides, evening hacks
There are many quiet roads in the Crieff area, suitable for cycle rides, and off-road cycling on the Knock, and many of the designated walking paths are also suitable for mountain bikes. Take a trip along the back roads to Comrie, or out to Madderty - both running along the valley so few hills - or head upwards into the hills for a more challenging ride.
Bike-hire is available locally, if you just want to 'play at it'.
Comrie Croft bikes, located between Crieff and Comrie, has bike hire and various hand-crafted trails in the hills behind, which offer stunning scenery of the Strathearn area. They also run the Hairy Coo Mountain Bike Challenge in October which is always good fun. If mountain biking seems too strenuous, there are a lot of off-the beaten track roads and paths that we can recommend.
The Strathearn Valley is renowned for its challenging and relaxing angling, amidst superb scenery. Salmon, brown and rainbow trout, charr, grayling and pike are all to be found in the area!
The Tourist Information Centre sells day permits for the Drummond Beat, the Upper Strowan Beat (both managed by the Crieff Angling Club) and the Lochlane and Laggan Beats on the River Earn (which also has fully equipped fishing huts, with help and advice available from a full-time fisheries manager).
The River Earn is the closest spot for fishing. A broad, tranquil river at this point, it offers trout and salmon fishing.
Other fishing in the area includes:
Drummond Loch, ghillie & tuition by arrangement
Boat hire is available from Drummond Estates,
Loch Freuchie, Loch Mealbrodden, Lochan a'Mhuillin,
And a last point on fishing, if you catch it, we can cook it for you. Or freeze it, so you can take it home and boast to your friends… but not if you are an overseas visitor!
Take to Loch Earns water with the Lochearnhead Watersports Centre, an award winning activity centre, offering opportunities for all the family to get on the water including water-skiing, sailing, kayaks and canoes.
Perthshire Falconry Services at Braco offers the complete novice (of which the majority of us are!) the opportunity of handling, flying and hunting with one of the largest collections of trained eagles, hawks, falcons and owls in Europe… be warned, it is quite expensive, though somewhat unusual.
Crieff Hydro Hotel Off-Road Centre allows you to test your driving skills in a 4x4 vehicle over 40 acres of mixed terrain, with an instructor guiding you all the way.
Under 17's can be driven round the off-road course, and over 12's can try rally karting.
The Crieff Hydro Hotel offers the facilities for tennis, squash, badminton, table tennis, croquet, swimming and petanque
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