First timers might feel most secure down in the main camping field by all the facilities, but more adventurous souls will want to push on up into the forest where secluded pitches await, each with their own campfire. Four of the five katas lie up here too, a sort of Swedish tipi complete with a wood burning stove and a large sleeping area strewn with animal skins. Not exactly super chic glamping, but supremely cosy.
There is little need to leave the Croft. Down by the car park is a superb camp store. Real thought has gone into what they stock from fluorescent camping pegs through to their free range eggs and fresh local meat. Up the hill are those trails. You can walk them, but biking provides a much better way of exploring the hillside, though the tough red route is not for the fainthearted! You can brush up on your technique first at their skills park. On a busy day – and most weekends are busy – Comrie Croft buzzes with life, just as the traditional crofts once did all over this charmingly scenic corner of Highland Perthshire.
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This has to be one of the best sites I have ever stayed on it was a great place for the kids, loads to do and see. The staff were really helpful and have thought about what we need as campers, lockers for our Ipads n phones so that we could keep them charged, we loved it so much we stayed an extra day
Very friendly place, we stayed in a Kata a sweddish version of a yurt, we had a wood burning stove and the bed area was raised up on a wooden platform covered in wool and a canvas cover, it was very warm despite the often pouring rain. The site is large with lovely secluded camping areas as well as clean loos and a very eco-outlook. For such a large complexs of hotel and campsite it had a friendly warm atmosphere and it didn't feel large because it is on a massive site and no one is allowed to get too close. Well recommended for all type of people, our six and two year old loved it.
Communal eco aware living under canvas in charming
Tents, dogs (main camping field only), groups, young
groups – Yes. Caravans, campervans– No.
Campfires allowed. 32 pitches. 5 katas. Solar and wind
powered amenities block with toilets and good free showers (including disabled
access seat). Note the more secluded
pitches up on the hillside and upper meadow are a bit of a trek from the toilets
during the night. Excellent camping store. Blue and red mountain trails and
skills park with bike hire and helmets available. Network of marked walking
trails as well as picnic areas. Chickens with feed available in the store.
The high land beyond the boundaries of the Croft is
tough going, but opens up sweeping views of Strathearn for adventurous, well
equipped hikers. Perthshire is excellent for both walking and hiking with a map
detailing local routes both posted and available for sale in the Croft store.
The Croft lies between the neat, Highland Perthshire towns of Crieff and
Comrie, with their characterful high streets, parks and walks. The Auchingarrich Wildlife Park (01764
679 469) is a handy family attraction just south of Comrie.
Food & Drink
The new on site Tea Garden at Comrie Croft is a
welcome addition, with croissants or bacon rolls for breakfast and the likes of
salmon bagels with cream cheese and salad for lunch. The vintage crockery is a
nice touch, as is the wooden deck. The cakes are homemade and huge, you have
been warned! Comrie offers a reasonable chippie (0751 467 8833) and the
Royal Hotel (01764 679 200.) The Royal has a characterful
hunting lodge-style bar in the main hotel and a more pub-style drinking den
just outside with real ales and whiskies. Their restaurant, under the smooth hand of chef patron David Milsom, boasts
the likes of Perthshire lamb and salmon.
Two miles out of Comrie on the Crieff road heading
east, signposted on the left.
The new Breadalbane Explorer (01877 384 768) is a
brilliant new seasonal service with Comrie Croft as it one of its backers. It is a bus that takes mountain bikes and
links a number of sights in Perthshire with a stop at Comrie Croft.