Things To Do
There's lots to see and do within easy distance of the camp.
The village of Comrie is a vibrant community with historic buildings and traditions. Situated on the River Earn, visitors can enjoy exploring the craft shops selling the unique produce of local crafters, try delicious local foodstuffs and enjoy a coffee or beer. Every summer, the village pulls out all the stops for two weeks of fun in the 'Comrie Fortnight' which culminates in the heavily competitive Float Parade. At Hogmanay, the whole village gathers for the Bells and to wish each other a "Happy New Year!" before ridding the streets of evil spirits with the Flambeau Parade of burning torches.
Comrie Community Council website tells all.
For Comrie history, visit Highland Strathearn.
Whether you are looking for a gentle stroll or to climb to the peak of a Munro, you'll find miles of country walks to explore on your doorstep, including the riverside walk in to Comrie. Walking guides are provided in the apartments.
There are a wealth of quiet country roads in the area. Cycle Crieff website lists recommended cycle routes. The lovely route from Comrie to St Fillans is via a cycle path along a disused railway line.
There are many hill tracks in the area suitable for mountain bikers. Comrie Croft has fantastic trails as well as bikes for hire and sale.
Organisations providing kit and lessons are based at St Fillans and Lochearnhead: Loch Earn Water Sports and Loch Earn Wake School. River activities are available in Aberfeldy: Splash White Water Rafting.
Wild swimming is very popular in Strathearn. For decades or even longer, Comrie folk have been using the pool called the 'Linn' on the Water of Ruchill, which is a short walk from the camp.
Crieff, 8 miles away, has a sports centre with an indoor swimming pool: visit their website.
There is a wealth of wildlife in this area. Habitats vary from deciduous and coniferous woodlands to lowland farmland, moors and mountains.
Birdlife includes golden eagle, red kite, barn owl and osprey among the raptors while there is a wealth of woodland and farmland passerines, such as redpoll, siskin, yellowhammer, tree sparrows and linnets. On nearby moorland, there are several black grouse leks, short-eared owls, meadow pipits, skylark, whinchats and curlew. Along the river in summer you will hear blackcaps and willow warblers in the scrub while goosander, common sandpipers and oystercatcher can be seen on the water and the shingle beaches.
Also on the river are the local beavers which are breeding successfully and spreading ever further afield. There are pine martens, red and grey squirrels in the area and you may see a stoat crossing the road by the camp. There are huge herds of red deer on the moors while its smaller cousin, the roe deer, can be seen in the lowland woods and fields. But don't be surprised to come across a red deer in St Fillans!
Whether looking for dog-friendly cafes, beer gardens, take-aways or fine dining, you won't have to travel far. Local Food and Drink
There's lots to see and do at Auchingarrich Wildlife Park, only a mile from the camp. Other local attractions include Scotland's oldest working distillery Glenturret Distillery and Scotland's first free public lending library Innerpeffray Library with centuries old books to peruse.
Family outings such as go-carting and escape rooms can be found half-an-hour's drive away in Perth and Stirling. Action Glen, the Riding Centre and Glen’s Adventure Park at Crieff Hydro are open to non-residents but activities must be booked in advance. There are adventures to be had and exotic animals at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Doune.
For the history buffs, Stirling has a lot of medieval history in particular, such as the Wallace Monument and Bannockburn run by National Trust for Scotland. For a good castle to explore, don't miss Stirling, Doune, Huntingtower or Elcho castles run by Historic Scotland or take in the splendour of Scone Palace outside Perth. For centuries, this was the crowning place of Scottish kings. For clan history, check out the burial ground of the MacNabs at Killin. The Crannog Centre at Kenmore is an Iron Age living history attraction, not to be missed.
At Dunkeld, Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre has cameras and hides to view the nesting ospreys in spring, red squirrels, and numerous birds on the loch and bird feeders. For salmon leaping in spring and autumn, visit Buchanty Spout at Glen Almond.
Loch Tay Loop - beautiful highland scenery
Feed the ducks at St Fillans, admire the old railway viaducts in Glen Ogle, stop by the Falls of Dochart and the MacNab graveyard at Killin, visit the oldest tree in Britain at Fortingall, view Robert Burns' writing on the wall at Kenmore Hotel while you enjoy a cuppa before trying your hand at fire-making at the Crannog Centre. In the summer, and not for large vehicles, come back from Kenmore via the twisty hill road to Amulree, watching out for red grouse and mountain hares. Otherwise, head along to Menzies Castle or picnic by General Wade's Bridge in Aberfeldy. Then it's home via the famous Sma Glen and Crieff.
Callander and the Trossachs - wildlife and dramatic views
Head south along the Langside to Braco and take a walk through the earthworks of Ardoch Roman fort. Head to Doune and stop off at the Scottish Antiques Centre or Doune Castle. If you drive south to Thornhill, you can take a wee detour to Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve and climb the viewing tower. Pass through Aberfoyle and visit the Lodge Forest Visitor Centre for trails, woodland wildlife and interactive fun. Head north up the Duke's Pass - a high road with fantastic views. Detour to Callander, a pretty, bustling wee town with shops and cafes. Head west to Strathyre, visit Rob Roy's grave at unspoilt Balquidder, drive along Loch Earn and home.