Strathearn, Perthshire lies near the center of mainland Scotland and includes the towns of Crieff, Auchterarder and Comrie.
"Strath" means valley - Strathearn is the valley
of the River Earn. The River rises in the
Scottish Highlands, flows into Loch Earn, down
through the Strathearn towns of Comrie and
Crieff and into the Tay Estuary just beyond
Bridge of Earn.
The Earn is one of Scotland's major east-west rivers which in past times must have been a major obstacle for travel. In wet weather the river itself would have been very difficult to cross and prior to draining for agricultural use the wide valley floor was marshy.
The commerce of Strathearn revolves around tourism, agriculture and whisky. Glenturret Distillery outside Crieff claims to be Scotland's oldest