The Local Area
Strathearn is in a very beautiful part of Perthshire in Central Scotland and the joint Parish extends from the North and Killin to the West with the villages of Strathyre, Balquhidder and Lochearnhead, then by Loch Earn itself to pass through St. Fillans and Comrie, before arriving at its Eastern boundary in the small town of Crieff. Overall this covers a distance of some twenty-five miles.
The area is mainly dependent on agriculture and tourism, but many workers commute to Perth, Stirling, Edinburgh, and Glasgow, which are readily accessible via the very good road network, or from the railway stations at Perth, Gleneagles, Dunblane and Stirling. It is also a popular retirement area.
Crieff numbers about 7,800 residents and is currently growing due to housing development. All age groups are represented. Much the same can be said for Comrie where the population currently totals in the region of 2,400. The population in Balquhidder, Lochearnhead and Strathyre has been fairly static for some years now, numbering around seven hundred and sixty residents across the three villages. The population, however, is predominately aged over fifty.
Crieff has an excellent medical centre: a small hospital and two dental practices. Comrie also has a medical centre and a dental practice and has recently established a "First Response" medical team. The Lochearnhead area has no local medical services with people generally travelling to Comrie, Callander or Killin.
Crieff has two primary schools and a High School which is soon to be rebuilt as a Community School with first-rate facilities. In the fee-paying sector, there is Morrisons Academy (primary and secondary). Ardvreck preparatory school is on the edge of the town. Glenalmond College is also in the locality, being some ten miles from Crieff. All primary schools have nursery departments. Comrie Primary School provides a high standard of education, leading to secondary education in Crieff. There is also a thriving pre-school facility. Strathyre in the West has the only primary school, and secondary pupils travel to school in Callander - about fifteen miles to the South.
The countryside around Strathearn is ideal for hillwalking, cycling and sailing. There are opportunities for swimming, golf and other sports in Crieff, and the town abounds in clubs and societies. Other leisure activities are available throughout the area – further details are available by following these links and other links:
- Crieff: http://www.crieff.co.uk/
- Comrie: http://www.comrie.org.uk/
- Lochearnhead: http://www.robroycountry.com/
For visitors, there is an excellent cross-section of accommodation available to meet all tastes, together with good restaurants and hotels. In addition, such local attractions as the "Famous Grouse" distillery and the "Stuart Crystal" works draw tourists from all over the world.