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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 local Geology.

Map of Strathearn

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 B&Bs.

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 are available.

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