The Crieff Hydro, Perthshire

Crieff Hydro Hotel, Crieff, Scotland
Crieff Hydro Hotel, Crieff, Scotland

The Crieff Hydro

The Crieff Hydro has been open since 1868. Today it is a hotel with over 60 onsite activities, making it a big draw for families and couples seeking fun and adventure. The complex has seven restaurants, cafes and bars, 215 bedrooms in the hotel and 55 self-catering lodges. The Crieff Hydro is part of a family of 8 fabulous hotels across Perthshire, The Borders and West Highlands.

There are numerous short walks in the Crieff area and the hotel is a perfect base for summer and winter mountaineering in the Highlands. For cyclists, what could be better for the soul than 900 acres of freedom? Stick to the paths, or choose your own route. Bicycle and helmet hire are available.

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Local Walks

Download and print a trail leaflet produced by Perth and Kinross Council Ranger Service that describes eight walks in the Crieff area.

Ordnance Survey Maps

Purchase Landranger (1:50,000) and Explorer (1:25,000) Ordnance Survey maps of the area direct from Ordnance Survey

Wildlife & Nature Walks

Let us take you on a wee wander around our 900 acres of wildlife at the Crieff Hydro. We'll start down at our Victorian Gardens, where you'll find our ducks and rabbits living in perfect harmony by the pond. Two of our rabbits, Cocoa and Fudge, are the size of baby rhinos, so you definitely won't miss them.

After strolling around the Victorian Gardens, you could take a walk up to Action Glen. The most scenic route is along the Cinder Path, which starts alongside the Leigh building. You'll pass the ‘Jesus Well' and see some stunning mountain views along the way (just watch where you plant your feet as our horses use this path too!).

Follow the cinder path as it weaves through the woodland which is home to over 100 different types of trees, heaps of wildlife and, of course, Aloft! – our aerial assault course. You could spot some goldcrests, buzzards, treecreepers, woodpeckers, cuckoos, bats and if you're really lucky you might even spot a (sadly endangered) red squirrel.

If you'd like nothing more than to see a wee Bambi prancing around, then the quarry is the place to go. Our Action Glen instructor George, is on first name terms with most of the deer here, so he'll be sure to point you in the right direction, or maybe even give you a personal introduction.

Just a little further up from Action Glen, at our 9 hole Culcrieff Golf Course, you'll see some hares, heron and swallows perfecting their birdie. You'll also see some of the best views of Ben More and Ben Vorlich in town. If you're keen to walk a little further, take a ramble up one of our Top 10 Things We Love – The Knock aka owl territory.

With us being a dog-friendly hotel, you're bound to spot a few pooches around the place. And our land is home to over 50 horses too – including our very own Shetland ponies.

Mountain Biking

Pleasant peddling or full-on MTB tracks. You'll find them all – and everything in between – within our 900 acre estate. And we've not forgotten the kids…trailers, tandems and tot seats for all ages so the little ones can tag along for the ride!