A Unique Place in History

Turn the pages of history with a visit to Innerpeffray.  This tranquil place in rural Perthshire, at the heart of Scotland, is home to a multi-layered story waiting for you to explore. 

Central to the site is The Library:  Scotland’s first free public lending library founded in 1680.  Used by people from the local community until 1968, today you can still read the rare books in its diverse collection and trace the families who took the time to cross the fields in pursuit of knowledge, education or just fun.  Regular guided tours are available. 

Wander through the graveyard to the medieval St Mary’s Chapel of Innerpeffray to view some rare wall painting and experience the timeless atmosphere and beautiful acoustic.

A Roman road passes through Innerpeffray and the cutting from the river ford is still clearly visible today.  On the far bank the land rises to the site of Strageath Fort, an important staging post and supply depot for the Romans during their time in Scotland.

Innerpeffray School was founded at the same time as the Library and was operational until 1947.  The current building was built in 1847 and today hosts teas and events. It is available for hire.

Our Heritage Trail, opened in 2019 can be explored all year round. Trail markers tell the story of Innerpeffray through the centuries. Relax outdoors and soak up the peaceful scenery.

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Coronavirus COVID -19 Update: we are delighted to announce that the Heritage Trail and grounds re-opened for visitors from 15th July 2020. The Library opened on 1st August. In anticipation of heavy demand but with reduced capacity because of physical distancing needs we have introduced a booking system for library tours. You may click here to be taken to the Bookings page. If you are unable to visit the library personally you can take one of our armchair virtual tours themed on some of the many topics in this unique collectionclick on Virtual Tours below for more information.

The Library will continue to respond to research requests, shop purchases and please check the website for news and online activities.

NEWS: We are delighted that the design of our Heritage Trail has been shortlisted for the Scottish Design Awards!

The Library will hold its AGM on 2nd September at 10am. Anyone is welcome to attend please contact for papers and details.

The Library regular hours are:

Wed – Sat 10am – 5pm and Sun 2pm – 5pm


We are not currently able to offer refreshments.


Phone: 01764 652819

Email: or fill in our form

Innerpeffray, By Crieff, Perthshire PH7 3RF

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