The Highland Tower

  • Location: Town / Village
    The Glenturret Distillery and Michelin restaurant: 15 mins walk
    Restaurants and shops: In walking distance
    Gleneagles Hotel and Golf Course: 10 miles (20 min by car)
    Drummond Castle and Gardens: 3 miles (10 mins by car)
  • Edinburgh Airport (EDI): 50 miles (1h by car)
    Glasgow Airport (GLA): 55 miles (1h by car)
    Airport transfer available on request
    Car recommended
    Free parking
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An introduction to The Highland Tower

What is the story behind the Highland Tower, what was your inspiration to create it?

Since opening the Highland Lodge (also listed on Welcome Beyond) in nearby Aberfeldy, we’ve learned a lot about what our guests like and expect, and what gets them excited. So with that knowledge and intel, we started the renovations of the Highland Tower, which is a property that we’ve had for many years. 

More than 30 years ago, the church was converted into a retreat and subdivided into four floors. Around 15 years ago, it was converted into a complex with eight other apartments, all of which share a communal entrance. During the renovations, we wanted to bring the Highland Tower up to modern standards. This included completely stripping out the wooden floors, sanding, treating and relaying them, and they look fantastic. 

How would you describe the atmosphere, architecture and interior design of the apartment?

With its lovely stonework, original wooden floors and exposed features, the interior design is unique. The quality of the detailing and finishing throughout the property is exceptional and people notice that. It’s what sets the Highland Tower apart. We opened in the summer of 2023 and the feedback has been very positive.

To you personally, what is so special about the apartment?

We bought the property around 15 years ago but I still love staying there. Overlooking the town and the surrounding hills, it has such a unique and magical feeling — it’s hard to put your finger on it. 

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The Highland Tower rooms & rates

To reach the entrance to the apartment, you have to go up four flights of stairs. The front door leads to a corridor with three bedrooms, all of which feature beautiful stone walls that are illuminated at night. Two of the bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms while the other has access to a large, family bathroom just across the corridor. 

The corridor leads to the base of the church tower and if you look up, you can see all the way to the top. There’s a “wow” factor to it, particularly when it’s all lit up at night. A spiral staircase leads up to the living and dining area where you’ll find a beautiful Bulthaup kitchen and a balcony. If you continue climbing up the tower, there’s a viewing platform with seating from where you can enjoy amazing views across the town and the surrounding hills. 

The apartment is ideal for two, four or six people, with everyone having access to their own bathroom. Because of the stairs, it isn’t suitable for people with mobility issues. But it is fabulous fun for kids because it’s all new and exciting.

  • The Highland Tower for 6 people / 150 m²
    600 / night
    • 1 Twin bedroom
    • 2 Double bedrooms
    • 2 Shower rooms (ensuite)
    • 1 Shower room
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Dining room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Other rooms
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)
    • Balcony
Included in the rates
Rates include a Welcome Breakfast Hamper including fresh sourdough, homemade jam & marmalade, butter, homemade granola and freshly baked cake, coffee pods and concierge service prior to arrival to recommend places to visit and restaurants to book in the area.
Optional extras
Housekeeping service availanle on request (extra charge)
Children & Extra beds
Children of all ages are welcome. A baby cot and high chair are available on request.
Minimum stay
2 - 4 nights (check calendar for dates)
Check in time
after 16:00
Check out time
before 10:00

Facilities & services

  • Terrace
  • Children welcome
  • WiFi
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • Babysitting on request
  • Central heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Pets welcome
  • Hair dryer

When guests book, we provide a document with things they need to be aware of and what they shouldn’t miss during their trip. On arrival, we provide a welcome basket filled with local goodies and freshly baked bread. Towels and toiletries are provided in all of the bathrooms, and there is bed linen in the rooms. 

We also provide a concierge service and can book airport transfers, restaurants and activities for guests. It’s always good to speak to a local about where to go and where not to go. 

Things to do in Scotland & Crieff

  • Art / Culture
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Fishing

It is all about connecting with the outdoors, with great fishing, hiking and mountain biking in the area. We partner with Beyond Adventure, who will pick guests up from the apartment and take them up into the hills and access places you might not otherwise discover yourself. Around three or four miles from the property, you can rent bikes to explore the downhill trails or you can go hiking directly from the apartment. There are also several circular drives that take in the natural attractions and lochs of Perthshire. 

Have a fabulous experience when you come and stay, not just in the tower but in the surrounding area. Enjoy a full range of activities which include the following:

  • Fishing
  • Golf at Gleneagles
  • Canoeing on the River Tay
  • Guided hikes
  • Whisky tours

The location of The Highland Tower

The apartment is located at the edge of the lovely Highland Town Crieff in Perthshire, which is also known as “Big Tree Country”. The location is very central, with both Edinburgh and Glasgow just an hour away. You can be in St. Andrews in around one hour and 20 minutes. 

Crieff was historically considered the “Gateway to the Highlands”. Hundreds of years ago, the highlanders would drive their cattle down to Crieff to meet the lowlanders and there was a cattle fair held in the town. 

We are just 15 minutes’ drive from the iconic Gleneagles Hotel, which is famed for its golf courses and restaurants. Within walking distance of the apartment are several nice pubs and restaurants, including the Lalique Restaurant at the Glenturret Distillery, which is the world’s only Michelin-star restaurant at a distillery. We have a good relationship with them and can arrange tables when they might otherwise be booked out. 

When is the best time to visit Scotland?

From the beginning of May to the end of August, the weather is really good. But I think September and October are particularly beautiful because of the changing colours. In winter, it’s very cosy and we get a little bit of snow, so it’s great for walking and with fewer tourists around. Unlike some parts of Europe, we are open year-round and so are the restaurants.