Media release: Crieff Hydro special festive breaks

THOUSANDS of Scots are amongst those whose festive holiday plans will  be casualties of the current big freeze; however, all is not lost.

Hotels throughout Scotland may still have some vacancies, boosted by cancellations from south of the Border.

Says a spokesperson: “Scottish tourism is well prepared for severe weather and none more so than Crieff Hydro.

“Even in this exceptional cold snap, the 900-acre estate is able to keep things moving for their guests. With a fleet of Land Rovers, and their own snow ploughs and gritters, the focus is on keeping side roads clear and providing shuttle services for guests who would prefer not to use their car in tricky conditions.

“Crieff Hydro Land Rovers can be seen collecting guests from nearby stations and airports or simply providing a courtesy service around the estate, or to and from the nearby town.

“The Crieff Hydro Estate is a great place for relaxation in any weather.”

‘Most-weather’ outdoor activities include 4×4 driving, horse riding, quad biking and Segways.

If you don’t want to venture outside there are over 40 different indoor activities from the spa and leisure facilities through to an indoor sports hall that hosts football, badminton and squash.

There’s even a teen zone with pool, air hockey and the well known cinema available to guests at no extra charge.

While there’s snow on the ground enjoy some of the accessible countryside for sledging, or take a short ramble up the Knock with its breathtaking views of the surrounding Perthshire countryside.

As the hotel has its own organ, there’s no need to venture out in the cold as the staff host their own carol service.

The hotel’s childcare facility, ‘BIG Country’, remains open right through the festive season offering six hours daily free childcare for over-two’s. A crèche is also on offer for younger ones, and, as if that wasn’t enough, the hotel also offer a babysitting service.

Due to cancellations from south of the border, the resort now has availability again for their famous festive packages. These feature two or three night all-inclusive packages with a packed programme of entertainment for all the family, including Santa’s ‘reinhorses’ and traditional ceilidh dancing (and lessons).

A small number of hotel rooms are available from £140 per person for two nights all-inclusive over the festive period.

Most of the 54 self-catering units are spoken for, but again due to cancellations, there are some specific opportunities to sample this accommodation from £499 for three nights, sleeping five.


For further details contact

John Jennett, director of Sales & Marketing 07787 522280


Stephen Leckie, managing director 07967 650134

Notes for editors:

Crieff Hydro is a leading leisure resort, with over 200 four-star hotel bedrooms, and over 50 self-catering units (of which a majority are five-star), set on a stunning 900-acre Perthshire estate. There are four food outlets and over 40 indoor and outdoor activities on site from high-ropes to horses; quads to laser quest and tennis to a relaxing spa and beauty treatments.

The business welcomes up to 1,000 customers a day, employs 500 people and has a turnover of over £17m.

Stephen Leckie is the fifth generation of his family to run Crieff Hydro since the doors opened on Scotland’s maiden hydropathic establishment in 1868. The company is considered the oldest-registered company currently trading in Scotland (No. SC000268). Since taking the helm in 1994, he has marshalled more than £40m of investment to transform the property into a true leisure resort which can compete on the international stage.

Stephen has held various industry posts including chair of the British Hospitality Association (Scotland). In 2010, he was invited by Enterprise, Energy & Tourism Minister, Jim Mather MSP, to chair the Scottish Government’s Tourism Leadership Group. He is also the incoming president of the Perthshire Chamber of Commerce and a director of the Scottish Tourism Forum.

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