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“Fabulous books.”

Library of Innerpeffray
Ranked #2 of 11 things to do in Crieff
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Scotland's oldest lending library sits in a tranquil rural location beside the River Earn. Founded in 1680 by David Drummond 3rd Lord Madertie, with a school, at Innerpeffray near Crieff in rural Perthshire.Today thinking people from across the world come to enjoy the peaceful surroundings, to explore the social heritage captured in its Borrower's Register, and turn the pages to be inspired by books dating from four centuries.
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

The library and its history is fascinating, but it's the books that are the star of the show. Imaginatively presented, they are a delight for any book lover. The guided tour is excellent and - what a treat - visitors can actually handle the books. If you like books, you must visit.

1  Thank Iain R
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Reviewed 23 September 2017

Don't miss this hidden gem! It's not easy to find but what rewards for doing so! It's tiny, it's old, there's a spiral staircase and there are books. Books and books - all so old and so fascinating and THEY LET YOU HOLD THEM.
We looked at an atlas from the 1600s Africa was beautifully mapped although Australia was totally absent. And there was so much more. The staff were knowledgeable and helpful.
The car park is small but adequate; the ground floor is free but access to the upper floor costs £7.50. We thought this was well worth it as the older books are there. It's definitely a place we'll go back to. It isn't open every day and opening times vary throughout the year so it's advisable to check the website before you go.

1  Thank WeaverKay
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Reviewed 14 August 2017

This hidden gem is amazing, if you like history and/or books, go there!
The ground floor is free, but if you can spare £7.50, go upstairs too.

There are books from the 17th century, there are enthusiastic, helpful volunteers to tell you more about the library. It's set in a peaceful bit of beautiful Perthshire countryside.

Also pop into Innerpeffray Chapel, next door, where the library started and see if you can spot the gravestone to "Peter McAra and Stewart McGregor, his wife", which had me puzzled.

And I recommend following up with a cup of tea in the Crieff Hydro Winter Garden, if you like old places with style, where the coffee costs the same as Costas in a much nicer setting.

Thank DarkMaidofPerth
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KeeperofBooks, Manager at Library of Innerpeffray, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2017

Thank you for reviewing your trip to the Library and we're very glad to hear you enjoyed your visit!

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Reviewed 14 July 2017

The Library of Innerpeffray is a singular and long established institution in the Crieff area. Those with a fascination for books will love the setting, the building and the contents.

Thank Ronnie S
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Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

An unexpectedly fabulous slice of history with the most helpful, welcoming and knowledgeable staff ever! This small building beside the Earn is Scotland's oldest public lending library and has a fascinating history of its own. That you can touch and read texts from the C17th century and onwards is astonishing. Just 15/20 minutes from Crieff in a lovely spot.

1  Thank LindyStone
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KeeperofBooks, Manager at Library of Innerpeffray, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2017

Many thanks for writing a review and for your commendation of our staff, much appreciated.

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