Set in 900 acres of parkland at the ‘Gateway to the Highlands’ in Scotland, Crieff Hydro was a Victorian Spa opened way back in 1868. Originally called the Strathearn Hydropathic Establishment Company and overseen by the physician Thomas H Miekle the Victorians came to experience the bracing ice cold waters. Now managed by the fifth generation of the Miekle family and having undergone serious investment, including heating the spa the complex truly offers something for everyone. The complex is predominantly family friendly, there is even room for the dog but there are also adult only escape areas. Crieff Hydro offers a range of rooms from the very comfortable and attractive Standard to the luxurious Leigh Signature rooms all of which feature double beds and can be booked on a bed and breakfast basis or full board. For families there are family rooms with a double and a single bed or family suites and studios which can accommodate up to six people.
In addition to the hotel there is self-catering accommodation with a choice of one to three bedroomed cottages (sleeping up to 8) or two bedroomed chalets with an additional sofa bed so they can accommodate up to six.
The hotel is open all year round with special holiday activities and experiences over Christmas and Hogmany.
Why choose Crieff Hydro?
The customer has been considered at every step of the way from the range of available activities to the range of rooms, restaurants and services.
Childcare is available and is included in the price of family rooms.
There are teenage hang outs featuring X box, TVs and table football.
The Fitness Centre is open from 7:00am – 9:30pm with a 28m swimming pool and a range of classes such as Zumba.
There are extreme sports such as mountaineering, quad biking and off-roading as well as the more sedate croquet lawn and giant Chess.
For an additional fee one can use the facilities of the Riding School within the grounds for a lesson or a Hack or watersports such as waterskiing on Loch Earn, it’s a twenty minute drive away and your driver will also be a qualified water instructor to give you a few tips.
For relaxation how about a walk along a woodland trail or for total bliss there is the adult only spa with an extensive range of beauty treatments and therapies including hot stone massage, saunas and manicures.
For dining there are five different restaurants all offering a variety of food appropriate for all ages although again the Meikle bar is adult only from 8:30pm onwards.
Cots and high chairs are available for free, and for rooms that do not include fridges the hotel is happy to keep baby milk and other drinks cool on request. Milk can be purchased to take away from the Winter Garden Tea Rooms in the grounds.
Crieff and the surrounding area
Although there is plenty to do at Crieff Hydro itself if you fancy exploring then the village of Crieff features a licensed restaurant, the Highland Drovers Exhibition and the Caithness Glass Visitor Gallery and Shop.
To the east is the town of Perth, steeped in history as there has been a settlement on the site since prehistoric times. Today it is a main shopping centre with many independent and specialist shops.
Brown Trout fishing is available at Loch Earn to the Northwest and if it’s the whisky you fancy then a visit to Dewar’s World of Whisky is a must at the Aberfeldy Distillery.
There is a weekly programme of activities which changes daily with a variety of films on at the cinema, ceilladgh nights and for a small additional cost jewellery making and other craft style work shops.
Children 2-12 – Big Country
Two three hour daily sessions are included in the price of the family rooms with a varied programme of activities from exploring the castle to bug hunts all supervised by checked personnel. In addition children attending the afternoon session get a high tea included.
A two hour crèche session is available at a cost of £15.
There are several gathering areas for teenagers including The Hub and The Gallery – here they can hang out, make new friends and play on the X box, watch TV or play table football.
Guide Prices, Hotel Deals & Offers
There are offers and packages available throughout the year including spa breaks but a Standard room was available for £115 a night in July including full Scottish breakfast, use of the spa pool and 25% off morning activities.