- MacRosty Park
Crieff’s MacRosty Park (www.pkc.gov.uk/macrostypark) is a lovely spot for families with small children to soak up the summer sunshine. There’s a baby area complete with a mini slide, swings and little trampolines. Slightly older children will love the sand pit, climbing frames and bouncing diggers, while the more adventurous should check out the Flying Fox zipwire. When summer comes, the water fountain bursts into life and is an ideal place to cool off. Parents can keep an eye on their wee ones while chilling out in the atmospheric Pavilion Café with a coffee and some delicious home baking. There’s even a selection of ice-creams for the kids.
- Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre
Just seven miles west of Crieff, Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre (www.auchingarrich.co.uk) is home to 50 species of animal, all unique and full of personality. With a focus on learning, the team hosts talks and speaks to visitors about the animals during feeding times. Kids can also be more ‘hands on’ with opportunities to hold baby chicks, rabbits, guinea pigs and tortoises in the hatchery. As well as all the gorgeously cute animals, there’s plenty of other activities to enjoy, including an indoor soft play barn for younger children and there’s the Torlum Coffee Shop when everyone gets peckish.
- Strathearn Community Campus
Strathearn Community Campus (www.liveactive.co.uk/Venues/strathearn-community-campus) is the ideal place for kids to burn off excess energy. Home to the local school, the state-of-the-art leisure facilities are regularly open to the public, so the local community and visitors can enjoy the space as well. There’s a 20-metre pool and an impressive range of activities on the campus which will appeal to little ones, from pre-school all the way up to young adult. Or, if you’re just looking for your children to have some fun, there’s a bouncy castle every Saturday from 9.30-11.30am. Always a winner!
- Lady Mary’s Walk
This is a gorgeous walk along the banks of the River Earn near to MacRosty Park. Named after Lady Mary Murray, the pushchair friendly route is a dream for any child who loves the outdoors. Particularly beautiful in the autumn, kids can explore the surrounding woodland and collect conkers. Turn in the other direction and tell little ones to keep their eyes peeled for wildlife in the water and hovering above. If it’s nearer dusk, there’s always the chance of seeing some otters too. There’s a longer walk for those wanting to explore nearby Laggan Hill which has lovely views over Strathearn.
- Caithness Glass and Visitor Centre
Perfect for when the weather isn’t playing ball, kids can get creative at the Crieff Visitor Centre (www.caithnessglass.co.uk). After seeing Caithness Glass hand-crafted up close in the studio, children can buy some glass to decorate however they like. Older kids might like to take their artistic skills up a notch and work closely with one of the glassmakers to create their own paperweight and have it inscribed. An incredible experience and one sure to set get their creative juices flowing. While at Crieff Visitor Centre, all ages will enjoy exploring the Time Line of Crieff’s history.