Strathearn, Perthshire lies
near the centre of mainland Scotland and includes the towns of Crieff,
Auchterarder and Comrie.
"Strath" means valley - Strathearn is the valley of the River Earn. The River
rises in the Scottish Highlands, flows into Loch
Earn, down through the Strathearn towns of Comrie and Crieff and into
the Tay Estuary just beyond Bridge of Earn. A total distance of about 80km.
The Earn is one of Scotand's major east-west rivers which in past times must
have been a major obstacle for travel. In wet weather the river itself would
have been very difficult to cross and prior to draining for agricultural
use the wide valley floor was marshy.
Western Strathearn is truely Highland with mountains rising to Monroe status
(3000ft ) - Ben Vorlich 985m and Ben Chonzie 929m.
The Strath east of Comrie is rich and productive agricultural land.
See also meanings of Place Names of Strathearn
- what do Crieff, Comrie & Auchterarder actually mean!? Or explore our
What goes on there?
The commerce of Strathearn revolves around tourism, agriculture and
whisky. While the main activities are related to
tourism, many small businesses exist to service local needs. Tourist
accommodation ranges from the exclusive Gleneagles,
the grand Crieff Hydro, many smaller family hotels to guest houses and
Whisky - Glenturret Distillery outside Crieff claims to be Scotland's oldest,
has exhibitions, restaurants and guided tours. Across Strathearn, Tullibardine
is made at Blackford and also has a visitor attraction.
Arts and crafts feature strongly in Strathearn and
there are several galleries.
Crieff also has a purpose built Visitor Centre.
There's a wildlife centre and Scotland's largest formal garden
(seen in the film Rob Roy). Outdoor
activities - golf,
walking, climbing, 4x4 driving and watersports