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Library of Innerpeffray

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Address: Innerpeffray Library Innerpeffray, Crieff PH7 3RF, Scotland
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+44 1764 652819
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14:00 - 16:00
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Hours:
Sun 14:00 - 16:00
Wed - Sat 10:00 - 12:45
14:00 - 16:45
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Scotland's oldest lending library sits in a tranquil rural location beside...

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.

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Fascinating little gem

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... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
LindyStone
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

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Thank LindyStone
KeeperofBooks, Manager at Library of Innerpeffray, responded to this review

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

Sussex
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a great place this is. Beautiful location and building, friendly and knowledgeable staff and a wonderful collection.

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Thank DandESussex
KeeperofBooks, Manager at Library of Innerpeffray, responded to this review

Thank you so much for giving us a review, we're really glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

We spent an afternoon here on a very wet Saturday. The staff are wonderfully knowledgeable on a vast array of subjects, and they really do make the place the delight that it is.

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Thank greig1297
KeeperofBooks, Manager at Library of Innerpeffray, responded to this review

Many thanks for reviewing your visit - we're delighted your enjoyed your wet weather visit! More 

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27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2017

This little corner of Scotland is slightly off the beaten track but well worth visiting: this library is one of the oldest public libraries in Europe (17th century) and they have the entire collection preserved. The buildings are wonderfully preserved and look as if they came from the filmset of a Jane Austen film. There is also an old school,... More 

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KeeperofBooks, Manager at Library of Innerpeffray, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review and recommendation to history lovers. More 

Crieff, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016

I had no idea upon my arrival that I would consider this one of the most significant places I could visit in Scotland. The staff is incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. the Library is of such import I will go as often as I can to support it. Scotland's oldest lending library. If you like old books, like to see them... More 

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Thank JDH20
KeeperofBooks, Manager at Library of Innerpeffray, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your positive review, we are delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your visit and for your recommendation, it is much appreciated. More 

Burlington, Ontario, Canada
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16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Made a special trip to this special spot and it was worth it. Charming location. The volunteer guides are very knowledgable. They provided a descriptive overview of the building and its history. The downstairs area was occupied by the librarian. There is a fee to see the library located upstairs but it is fascinating and worth it if you want... More 

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Surrey
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388 reviews
149 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2016

We were advised to visit this unique library when visiting Crieff. My husband was tracing more of his Robertson clan ancestry. The staff could not have been more helpful and even copied documents that could be relevant to him. When they found out that I am a dog fanatic the produce some wonderful books for me to browse. It really... More 

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2016

We arrived at 10am and met Bill one of the volunteers, we talked to him on the brief walk to the reception area and mentioned to him that we were looking forward to seeing some of the older bibles and religious texts that the library may have. He introduced us to Lara who is the keeper of the books at... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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42 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 2016

Be prepared to be astounded by the benign enlightenment of a member of the nobility in the 17 Century. As a avowed republican, albeit in the company of a friend who is a noble Peer of the Realm, the breadth, depth and the range of reading encouraged, not merely "uplifting and self- improving" texts was astonishing. Truly "Enlightened". The resident... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 June 2016

We popped in here as we are both book worms, drawn to anything booky and quirky. This place did not disappoint, we were met by very enthusiastic, knowledgeable and friendly staff/volunteers. We found the place fascinating, the staff talked to us through the displays and really brought it to life, upstairs we were overwhelmed by the amount of fantastic books,... More 

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