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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The Heritage Trail and grounds are open for visitors. Our snowdrops are in flower from Mid January to Mid March and make a wonderful display in the woodland garden and grounds. The Library is now closed for the winter season . We had planned to reopen on Wed 3rd March 2021, but current government restrictions mean this will now be delayed. At present we plan to re-open on Wed 2nd June.
Throughout the winter you can take one of our armchair virtual tours themed on some of the many topics in this unique collection – click on Virtual Tours below for more information. And you can read more about the Innerpeffray collection in our blog – scroll down this page for the link.
The Library will continue to respond to research requests, shop purchases and please check the website for news and online activities.
Take away hot drinks are available in the Library during opening hours.