The books, the people, the story
The Library of Innerpeffray
Innerpeffray, by Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland    Telephone +44(0)1764 652 819    Email

Plan your visit

Do you love books? You have come to the right place.  At Innerpeffray you we have a wide selection of books on display and we'll even take them off the shelves for you to hold. Our books date from the 15th - 20th century, the majority being 18th century.  For detailed information about the catalogue, please contact us.

Love history? Innerpeffray's story goes back to Roman times when the fort of Strageath dominated the river crossing: stroll along our new river path parallel with the route.  Mary Queen of Scots spent the night here and Clanranald, fatally injured at the Battle of Sherrifmuir said to be buried here.  And read about any era in our collection.

Tracing your family story?  explore the names of local people who came to Scotland's first lending library and find your ancestors too.

Inspired by Outlander? See genuine Jacobite Scotland in our 18th century building and collection of books and pamphlets about the rebellion. You can even check the medical details!

From 14th - 24th August there will be road repairs on the B8062 our approach road - the Library will be OPEN our usual hours and there is local access to the Library.  If you find a 'Road Closed' sign, you will be able to continue, though there may be a short delay whilst work is ongoing. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

During 2019 we will be opening a new Heritage Trail in the land beside the Library thanks to the permission of the Colquhalzie Estate and we are also upgrading Innerpefray Schoolroom.  All of this is made possible thanks to and with with grant funding from PK Rural Leader, Heritage Lottery Fund, the SSE Sustainable Development Fund, The Gannochy Trust, the Auchterarder and District Community Trust, the Friends of Innerpeffray Library, The Maclagan Trust and private donations and individuals: our grateful thanks for this support.  the new faciltiies will be officially opened later this year, but meantime you can enjoy the path and watch the work in progress to plant trees and develop the Trail.  Our Schoolroom will be offering tea and coffee soon - watch this space!

The Library opens for the 2019 season on 1 March and visitors are welcome during usual opening hours: 1 March-31 October and bank holiday Mondays.

Wednesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm,Sundays 2pm - 5pm And also Holiday Mondays as follows: Easter Monday, May and August bank holidays.  We are closed Mondays, Tuesdays and 1 Nov - end Feb.

Entrance to the Library is £7.50 for all adults, and free for those under 16 years. Outwith opening hours, Private Visits can be arranged, during evenings and the winter (subject to availability and weather permitting). A Season Ticket can also be purchased for £12 lasting for twelve months from date of purchase.

Visiting the Library with access needs? you can view our access policy on the What's On page.   The Library lower floor is wheelchair accessible and we have a fully accessible toilet.  The upper floor is reached via 16 steps. We are always very happy to offer touch tours, where you can explore the books hands on.

Group visits and Study Tours

We are delighted to welcome groups and tours to the Library, and advise you to book in advance.  With advance notice we can prepare a bespoke programme of interest to your members and refreshments if desired. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

We serve tea, coffee and biscuits or baking to your group in the Schoolroom, current prices are in the downloadable booking form. When you book a group visit to the Library we can make the Schoolroom available to your group to hold a meeting, eat a packed lunch, etc. There is no charge for this facility, but donations are always most appreciated! The Schoolroom is also available to hire for workshops, events and meetings, please call or email for costs, facilities and availability, or contact the Library to discuss your requirements.

Tour Operators / Travel Trade

We are very happy to work with you to make a visit just right for your clients.  We can accommodate groups from 2 - 50 people and specialise in bespoke tours.  Please book in advance and speak to us about your requirements.


Private Evening and Out of Season visits

The library is a very special place; we can offer you the chance to enjoy it exclusively. It is possible to arrange a private evening tour of the library for groups of up to 30 people. A private evening tour led by the Keeper of Books with the opportunity to view and handle books in the collection, costs £7.50 per person, with a minimum charge of £60.

Optional additions

  • With a special themed talk and exhibition of books, £7.50 per person (minimum of £70).
  • With a glass of wine on arrival. £10 per person (minimum of £50).
  • With a whisky nip and Scottish cheeses, £12 per person (minimum of £75).
  • Personal guided talk and tour, plus finger buffet and wine to follow, £15-25 per person (minimum £150).

A Private Tour makes the ideal gift for the book or history lover. The Library is also available for small weddings (suggested maximum, 25 people). Please note that as the Library is open to the public, this is only available out-with the usual opening hours. Contact the Library for more details.

School visits

We are delighted to welcome school parties to the library. Coming to the Library is a chance to step back in time, and take time to reflect on Scotland's educational heritage as well as a special opportunity to explore a hands-on museum. We offer an introductory tour followed by a book handling co-operative learning session, with additional worksheets for back in the classroom. We recommend no more than 25 pupils per visit, and depending on the tour, may split this group into two for handling sessions.

The tour can be themed by prior arrangement for:

Fantastic Beasts - exploring the books and making your own

Reading the past - what did children read 200 years ago?

You might also choose to visit to explore Shakespeare at Innerpeffray including the Bard's source book: Holinshed's Chronicles, or Scots Language via Gavin Douglas' translation of the Aeneid from 1576, and Hector Boece's History of Scotland 'translatit' into our common and vulgar language.

Other subjects with advance discussion, please call or email.

The charge for a School visit is £25.

Innerpeffray's rural setting is ideal for exploring the outdoors - seeing red squirrels, bird-watching, exploring the Chapel and gravestones as well as the Library. School parties are welcome to use the grounds and use the Schoolroom for packed lunches and additional activities by prior arrangement. We are happy to offer a free of charge advance visit for staff for planning purposes.

We also offer special events through the year, please check the News pages for details.

The Library works with local schools on special projects during the year and can also offer a small number of work experience placements. Please contact the library for details.

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Booking form

Download a booking form pdf here. Post or email back your completed form.

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