Before the Act of Union and the birth of the modern British state many Scots lived on crofts, small holdings of land where communal living was the norm. In the heart of deepest Highland Perthshire this communal, everyone in it together ethic has been re-created at Comrie Croft. Run by a co-operative of likeminded, environmentally aware, individuals this is no mere campsite. Yes they take tents, but they’ve also got Norwegian katas, an on site Tea Garden and a superb bike shop, the latter handy for exploring the network of trails that snake off up the Croft’s wooded hillside.
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 seven katas lie up here too, a sort of Swedish tipi complete with a wood burning stove and a large sleeping area strewn with soft blankets. 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.
Campfires allowed. Solar and wind powered amenities block with toilets and good free showers (including disabled access seat). Compost loos in the upper meadow that's furthest from the main toilet block. 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.
Tents, dogs, groups, young groups, weddings and campervans – Yes. Caravans – No.
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 (open Easter–end of Oct) 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, features succulent Perthshire lamb and salmon, amongst other delights.
Adventure-loving families scramble, run and jump this way... Comrie Croft has forest to roam around, mountain bike trails to race along and a small loch to fish. An opportunity to truly embrace the great outdoors from the moment you pith your tent.
2 miles out of Comrie on the Crieff road heading east, signposted on the left.
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