Crieff might be the home town of Ewan McGregor, but the Star Wars and Fargo actor isn’t the only celebrity to enjoy a visit to the Perthshire town and soak up the breathtaking scenery with its stunning mountains, lochs and glens. Here are 5 big names who have visited over the last five decades…
- Georgia May Foote
Crieff was the destination for Coronation Street and Strictly Come Dancing alumni Georgia May Foote’s first ever visit to Scotland in 2013. The 22-year-old actress who played Katy Armstrong in the iconic soap was in town to cut the ribbon on the newly named Shoppers Paradise in Penny Lane. Georgia delighted the large crowd by signing autographs and posing for photos. The Lancashire lass told the Strathearn Herald: “Crieff is an absolutely beautiful little town and I’ve really enjoyed seeing all the old buildings and churches. I love coming to places with history.”
- Orlando Bloom
Pirates of the Caribbean star Orlando Bloom astonished locals when he was spotted in a Crieff town centre supermarket buying two bottles of champagne, a bottle of Gatorade and a bunch of flowers back in 2013. The actor signed a couple of autographs and was happy to pose for pictures with shoppers and staff. “For such a celebrity he seemed kind of shy and didn’t want any fuss,” one local man told the Strathearn Herald.
- Paulo Nutini
Paolo Nutini was presented with a souvenir bottle of whisky when he visited The Famous Grouse Experience in Crieff last year. The 30-year-old Caustic Love singer-songwriter happily chatted to staff and posed for photographs at the top visitor attraction. Paulo, who was on holiday in the area, was also spotted by excited locals dining in the town’s popular Delivino restaurant. His presence was picked up on Twitter by @visitcrieff who co-incidentally launched their website earlier that week aimed at driving visitors to the picturesque holiday destination.
- The Beatles
Back in October 1964 the Beatles stayed for two nights in the Four Seasons Hotel on the banks of Loch Earn near St Fillans. The Fab Four, who were performing in Edinburgh and Dundee, shared one of the six chalets in the wooded hillside behind the main hotel and a plaque commemorating their visit offers a fun photo opportunity. John and Paul took a boat out onto Loch Earn and soaked up the scenery for an hour or two between gigs. A report in the local paper said The Beatles liked the Strathearn countryside and found the peace and quiet of St Fillans a pleasant change. The article added: “Paul wistfully wished he had a cottage there but realised it was out of the question.”
- Jim Kerr, Simple Minds & David Bowie
A diary clash meant David Bowie narrowly missed out on booking legendary recording studio Dalkenneth House. Then owners Simple Minds were in the middle of recording their own album when the call came through from the Space Oddity star and regretfully told him to make alternative arrangements. Jim Kerr & Co. bought Dalkenneth House on the remote north shore of Loch Earn back in the 1980s and immediately started building a recording studio on its stunning grounds. The band wrote their most famous songs, Belfast Child and Mandela Day, in this peaceful retreat. The first was Kerr’s response to the troubles in Northern Ireland, while the second was a tribute to Nelson Mandela on the 25th anniversary of his incarceration. The house now has new owners, but its legendary past still attracts visitors to the area.