If you’re looking for some inspiration to make this Valentine’s Day special, then read on. Crieff is the perfect place for a romantic getaway  ❤️

1 – Escape from the city hustle and bustle

Leave your daily routine and cares behind you for a day or two’s relaxation in Crieff and the surrounding area. Crieff is not that far from anywhere in Scotland and enjoys an ideal location, sitting as it does between the Lowlands and Highlands. It is surrounded by the most stunning landscape with easy access to a huge range of outdoor activities from skiing and climbing to walking, mountain biking, golf and even sky diving.

What’s more, Crieff is a compact town so you can easily leave the car behind and stroll around it together, or with you four legged friend in tow. Wherever you go you can be sure of a warm and friendly welcome. There’s a choice of places to stay from the large, imposing Victorian Crieff Hydro, to smaller hotels, friendly B&B’s, pub rooms, self catering cottages, camping or one of the wooden river hideouts with hot tubs at Braidhaugh Holiday Park.

2 –  Take a romantic hand held walk

Everyone has a different idea of what constitutes a romantic walk, some people love the challenge of a Munro together, others prefer a gentle stroll in a park or something in between. Fortunately Crieff offers all of these options and more. For the active types there’s Ben Chonzie (931m) which offers stunning views over Loch Tay. An easier walk which still delivers stunning views is a walk up The Knock, which includes a bit of a steep ascent but is well worth the effort. If this all sounds too energetic by far you could choose to go for a gentle hand held stroll along the picturesque Lady Mary’s Walk which runs alongside the River Earn followed by a stroll around Macrosty Park which boasts some beautiful and ancient trees. Even though it’s early in the year there are many signs of Spring with lots of snowdrops everywhere and the green spikes of daffodils poking their way through the damp soil.

3 – Enjoy a romantic dinner

Crieff is a bit of a foodie haven these days with so many delicious places to eat you’ll be spoilt for choice. There’s options for every size of pocket and a wide range of cuisine to chose from. Here are just a few suggestions of where you could go.

If you’d like to go for all out luxury then head to Knock Castle Hotel and Spa. Their rooftop restaurant has won numerous awards and also benefits from stunning views across the Strathearn Valley. Chose from either their a la carte or ‘Degustation Menu’ which focusses on prime Scottish ingredients such as hand dived Orkney scallops and venison. For something more informal try The Lounge which has a broad menu from burgers to goulash and my personal  favourites of either buckwheat savoury crepes or Eggs Benedict – delicious!

Delivino make the most incredible pizzas in their wood fired ovens and also offer a range of Mediterranean inspired dishes including a range of sharing platters – perfect for feeding each other if you’re feeling especially romantic.  For a taste of the East, head to Thai E San who serve authentic tasting Thai food from their modest looking restaurant. Do not be misled  by the frontage, this restaurant serves good freshly cooked Thai food for a very reasonable price and also offers the option of takeaway. Their spicy salads, Massaman and red curry’s are particularly tasty!

4 – Enjoy a romantic drink

After a day out walking, cycling, sight seeing or shopping what could be nicer than cuddling up together with a pint of craft beer, glass of wine or your favourite cocktail in front of a real fire in one of Crieff’s cosy pubs? Some of them offer regular live music, quiz nights or comedy nights if you fancy something a bit noisier.

For more of a city vibe head to The Square Bar and Kitchen which has all of your usual favourites and also a huge selection of rums and gins, it also boasts stunning views out to the hills. Fran, who is a talented mixologist, will create the most delicious cocktails from the wide range of spirits he stocks. He makes a mean Old Fashioned, Whisky Sour and Long Island Ice Tea to name but a few.

5 – Explore our independent shops and galleries

The centre of Crieff is compact, with the majority of shops and galleries located within a fifteen minute stroll from one another. There isn’t a shopping centre, just lots of independent shops and three galleries so there’s plenty of places to find a special and unusual valentine’s gift or just for a relaxed mooch around without the crowds, traffic or queues of the city.

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