Crieff is the main town of the Strathearn region of Scotland, lying on the southern edge of the Scottish
Highlands. It is a holiday resort and is the second largest town in Perthshire
with a population of almost 6000.
The name comes from the Gaelic Craoibh meaning "trees" - Crieff being originally
among the trees'.) The town spills from the Knock, the wooded hill above, down to the River
Earn. James Square with it's fountain marks the centre of Crieff.
Historically, each October Crieff would hold a great cattle sale, The Tryst. Cattle
were driven south from all over the Highlands and Islands. The black cattle
would be sold and then driven south to the growing cities of Scotland and the
north of England. The October Michaelmas Tryst attracted thieves and criminals who
mixed with the drunken Highlanders who had just sold their cattle and had money in
their pockets. Crieff became a 'wild west' town. The guity would be punished on the
Kind Gallows of Crieff, for which town became famous!
Montrose, Rob Roy Macgregor, Bonnie Prince Charlie, Robert Burns and many
others from Scotland's colourful history have walked Crieff's historic High
In the 19th Century Crieff became a fashionable holiday resort and rural retreat when the
Establishment was opened in 1868. Much of Crieff's trade still involves tourism.
Hotels, guesthouses and self catering accommodation offer the visitor a wide choice.
Checkout the full Crieff Directory with information about
accommodation, businesses, community, restaurant and shopping websites.
Check out the full Local Directory, Visitor Guide, and Business Services.