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.
Coronavirus Update: the Library, Chapel, Trail and grounds are temporarily closed until we are advised it is safe to reopen. However, virtual tours are being created to provide visitors with access to information about some of the many topics that are the subject of books in this unique collection – click 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 to announce that applications are open for a fully funded PhD based on the Innerpeffray Borrowers’ Register. For details click here.
The Library regular hours are:
Wed – Sat 10am – 5pm and Sun 2pm – 5pm
We are also open on Bank Holiday Mondays during the season.
Tea and coffee are available in the schoolroom during opening hours.