It seems strange to me that a couple of months have passed since I visited Scotland. But it is true! It has been a crazy and busy time but my memories of the most lovely and idyllic holiday remain. After our first day in which I took a walk around Lock Monzievaird, we drove on down to the nearby town of Crieff to see what there was to do.
Crieff has a Tourist Information Centre which appears to be housed in an old church. The ladies at the Centre are incredibly helpful and they really take the time to help each visitor plan their time in the area. We left with loads of pamphlets and ideas and also a map showing us the way to the Crieff Visitor Centre back on the road to Loch Monzievaird.
Crieff is a market town and is famous for being a major cattle droving hub for hundreds of years. I really loved the creepy architectural style of the town (and I mean ‘creepy’ in the best, most admiring kind of way!)
In the week that we were in Scotland, we spent most of our time in the council area of Perth and Kinross. A ‘council area’ is similar to a county in England and it is a local government administrative area. Perth and Kinross crosses the southern boundary of the Scottish Highlands so while we didn’t get to see huge mountains or majestic waterfalls, we did get to see breathtaking views wherever we went. We visited Crieff, Aberfeldy and Pitlochry and you just had to look down the side streets to see incredible views like the one above.
We were rather amused to discover a dedicated Christmas store in Crieff. The store is open all year round and we were amazed that they manage to stay in business! I imagine the tourist trade helps somewhat as we certainly couldn’t resist buying personalised gifts for all of the grandchildren, nieces and godchildren in the family.
Their prices were really good too so perhaps that accounts for them staying in business!
If you follow the Scotland Here and Now blog, you will know that one of the biggest attractions to Scotland is their food and drink. I didn’t sample nearly enough of those in my time in Scotland and that is one of the biggest reasons why I intend to return there!
We did visit the divine J L Gill Whiskies and Cheese shop which was a lovely little shop full of… you guessed it, whisky and cheese. I bought a lovely little orange and port pâté and I wished that I drank more whisky as they had a really impressive selection.
And so with map in hand, the five intrepid travellers set off for Crieff Visitor Centre.