Located on the edge of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, Comrie is an ideal location for a wide range of outdoor activities and an excellent holiday destination. It is also an ideal base for day tours, as it lies on the Heart 200 Route, which links some of the most spectacular locations in central Scotland.
Comrie is Gaelic for “The place where the rivers join”
The area is renowned for its beauty and is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Scotland. With a mixture of farmland, rivers, mountains, lochs and forests, it provides a wealth of experiences for the visitor.
Nestled at the meeting place of three rivers, Comrie has been occupied since prehistoric times and was once the setting for one of the most northerly forts in the Roman Empire. The village has a range of shops including a bakery, butcher and a delicatessen. There are two hotels, a small restaurant and an attractive café.
It is a centre for a range of activities including walking, fishing, golf, horse riding, mountain biking and a wildlife park. Cultural activities include castles, historic towns and a local distillery. Nearby Loch Earn offers sailing and other watersports and Crieff Hydro Hotel offers various activity and luxury packages for non-residents.
One of the most attractive aspects of the village are the numerous walking and cycle trails, allowing the visitor to explore rivers, gorges and forests on the edge of the Highlands. For the more adventurous, the local Munro (A Scottish mountain over 3000ft), Ben Chonzie can be climbed from the cottage and a range of other hills and mountains to suit all abilities are easily accessible.
Comrie is an ideal touring base for visits both east and west. The dramatic fortress city of Stirling, which is home to one of the best castles in the UK, is about 40 minutes’ drive away and the world famous Glencoe, featured in many Scottish films including Braveheart, Highlander and Skyfall, is just over an hour’s drive away.
However, one of the advantages of the location is that you can actually have a great holiday with very little car use. There is a wide range of visitor destinations locally, bicycles can be hired and a local bus service is available to both east and west.
Visit Scotland gives comprehensive information on the area, with www.visitscotland.com/destinations-maps/perthshire giving information on Perthshire and www.visitscotland.com/destinations-maps/loch-lomond-trossachs-forth-valley giving information on the Loch Lomond area.
The village community website of www.comrie.org.uk gives local information on facilities and activities.
Crieff Hydro www.crieffhydro.com is great for a family treat or a wet day alternative.