Spending a Long Weekend at Crieff Hydro, Scotland
Spending a Long Weekend at Crieff Hydro
After pining after some silence and rolling countryside hills, we decided it was time to get out of the city for a mini break and have a good old girls weekend. Myself, Gillian, Laura and Lauren all headed to Crieff Hydro in Perthshire to spend a long weekend in one of their cozy cabins. We found a pretty good deal online which meant we could stay there, slightly off-peak now that the schools have returned with it being October, for around £300 all in between us. Boarding the train at Edinburgh, we set off on our way to Dunblane train station with a plan to stop for food nearby the station before catching a taxi to the Hydro.
Surrounding Walks and Outdoor Activities
The Crieff Hydro site itself and surrounding cabin area is huge. You can easily spend your whole weekend on site and not really need to leave. Whether you're there for either relaxing, or activities. The Hydro Hotel is the first point of call arriving on the site; with the cabins on the hill just behind. There seemed to be various options and price ranges of cabins. Ranging from the cozy cabins we were in, to something more like a two-story cottage and house.
Other activities on offer around the site include golf, horse riding and seaways, which all come with an additional fee. Walks around the vicinity itself are of course free, and led to some breathtaking views across Crieff itself from the top. If you're over 18 you can also pay £10 to enter the adult only Victorian Spa for a two-hour session of luxury. Making use of the sauna and steam room, to having a dip in the pool or jacuzzi. You also have the option to pay extra for any massage and facial treatments.
Choosing to go Self Catered
We chose to go self catered as it gave us the option to not only have a space to call our own. As opposed to just a hotel room, but also the ability to cook and eat whenever we chose to. We were going by train, so with some careful planning between arriving in Dunblane from Edinburgh, we knew there was a Tesco nearby we could stop off at before getting a taxi to Crieff Hydro. Making a plan before hand on the train for food gave us a better idea of getting exactly what we needed before we arrived there. Not knowing if there would be many places around where we would be able to do another food shop at the Hydro. Stocked up and ready to go, we were back on the road on our way to the cabin.
Inside the Cabins
The cozy cabins were great, it provided us with all the pans and crockery we could need, not to mention of course a fridge and an oven with an electric hob. Arriving in the cabin we were also pleasantly surprised to be greeted with a hamper on the table with some coffee, biscuits and some fruit teas. Though being avid tea drinkers, it was a good job we stocked up on some breakfast tea before we arrived!
The cabin was really nice and warm inside, and although we couldn't have asked for better weather, we did notice it getting cooler in the evenings and put the log fire on; which was just another lovely addition to the atmosphere in the cabin. Towels and bedding are provided in the cabin as well as a small amount of toiletries. Everything you could need for a weekend away was provided. Although I felt like I was going back to my childhood sleeping in a bunk bed again, the silence outside with the odd hooting owl made for one of the best nights sleep I've had in a long time.
Things to do in Crieff and Surrounding Areas
Waking up to the mist rolling in over the hills with morning dew on the trees, we decided to take our first day walking into the town centre of Crieff itself. The town centre was only small, but has some lovely gift shops and independent boutiques we had a look into. Stopping off for some milkshakes and savoury crepes at the very pretty Rhubarb cafe. We also came across the rather picturesque MacRosty Park in Crieff town centre. This was a great way to relax in the sunshine after a walk around the town. If you're in a car you could also take a journey out to surrounding attractions including Drummond Castle and Loch Monzievaird.