About Isle of Murray
Isle of Murray is an unusual property as it actually sits on an island, although this is not at all obvious at first glance. An 1802 period village Post House, comfortably updated with open fire. A drive through this historic Glen leads to Glen Quaich, Loch Tay, Kenmore and Aberfeldy or to Dunkeld, a charming historic town famous for its cathedral by the River Tay. This two-bedroom house offers and excellent base for touring, walking, cycling and golf. There are more than 40 Golf Courses in Perthshire alone, with the world renowned Gleneagles Championship Courses, hosts of the 2014 Ryder Cup, nearby to challenging 9-hole courses to be found at Crieff, Muthill, Comrie and St. Fillans. The owners here also offer a free round of golf at a local par 3, 9-hole course which is excellent for testing a player’s short game (clubs are available to hire). An 1802 period village Post House, comfortably updated with open fire. Situated in the village of Gilmerton, on a south facing slope, at the foot of the Sma’ Glen. Dog friendly.
Crieff the local town which is a five minute journey away is steeped in history. The name Crieff is derived from craobh, the Gaelic for “among the trees” it was first sited in documents dating from the 12th century and was granted its charter in 1218. It is commonly known as a drovers’ town through the years and the well known Rob Roy visited the town on many occasions, usually to sell cattle. The local area celebrates this with the well attended annual Drovers Tryst which runs in mid October, offering many events and activities. There is a variety of shops, art gallery and places to eat out, and excellent variety of walks in stunning countryside, both short and more challenging.The owners are Isle of Murray have spent time renovating this former Post House and entering via a few steps into the kitchen/dining room, visitors are greeted by a modern fitted look with tiled floor. A stair case leads to the upper floor sitting room with its cosy open fire, double bedroom, twin bedroom and bathroom with free standing bath and shower over bath. The house is centrally heated. Parking is on the opposite side of the road and the owners will always be on hand to greet guests and direct them to the designated spot. There is a private garden area with seating and views to the south over Strathearn and a further lock up shed suitable for bicycles and golf gear.
In the immediate area, visitors have a wide choice of visits; The Famous Grouse Distillery offers excellent tours of the oldest distillery in Scotland, and at the end of the tour, a wee dram of whisky. There’s a restaurant there too. Strathearn Glass on the edge of Crieff is a fine display of Stuart crystal and other brands, the Visitor Centre has a large café, shops and some Buchan Pottery that is local to Crieff and also Caithness Glass. Drummond Castle Gardens are particularly spectacular in high summer but the large Italian garden may be enjoyed at any time. This location was used in the film, Rob Roy. The Ceramic Experience offers artistic opportunities for old and young to paint pottery and there is an excellent garden centre and a pleasant short walk beside. A visit in the autumn months to Buchanty Spout, a local beauty spot, where large salmon can be seen leaping their way up the River Almond, is a truly spectacular sight. A day out at the Auchingarroch Wildlife Centre near Comrie is popular with children.
Further afield visitors have a choice of Perth, Dundee and Angus, St Andrews and the Fife coast, Stirling and the Trossachs, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Glen Coe, Oban, Aberfeldy, Pitlochry and the north. There are many reasons just to spend time around Crieff, but the accessibility of this part of Scotland means that visitors have many choices. We hope you will want to return again and again!
Visitors to Isle of Murray have access to the many activities available at the local Crieff Hydro, as well as the local Community Campus swimming pool. The local Comrie Croft centre offers and exciting day out on one of its three mountain biking courses suitable from beginner to advanced, and you can hire a bike there for longer rides. Your hosts will be happy to provide information on local walks, cycle tracks, fishing and touring.