Crieff Hydro – Escape The City At Crieff Hydro

Crieff Hydro – Escape The City At Crieff Hydro Offer

Crieff Hydro - Escape The City At Crieff Hydro

Crieff Hydro – Escape The City At Crieff Hydro

This year will see the Commonwealth Games 2014 come to Glasgow in what will be an exciting year for the city and Scotland. But with all this sport, the nation will become very busy! It’s the perfect time to escape from the hustle and bustle and crowds with a fantastic teambuilding event at Crieff Hydro. We know how important it is for colleagues to work as a team and with our Escape the City at Crieff Hydro offer you’ll work together to enjoy a range of exciting activities. It could be fantastic meetings in the morning in one of our flexible function rooms and then immersing activities in the afternoon!

From the 2nd of June to the 30th of September 2014 and for just £65 per person you’ll enjoy;

  • Arrival tea, coffee and bacon (or vegetarian) roll
  • Morning meeting room complete with free Wi-Fi, projector, screen and stationery, mineral water, cordials, confectionary and fresh fruit
  • 2 course lunch
  • Choice of afternoon activity

You’ll be able to choose from a treetop adventure where those valiant enough can explore the treetops of the beautiful surrounding Perthshire countryside with our Aloft turret trail. Additionally, our Team Challenge activity will see you tackle a number of challenges in a truly exciting way. We have a range of activities all onsite, all you need for a fantastic teambuilding event!

Our specialist meetings and events coordinator will work to create a bespoke teambuilding day. We’re just an hour away from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee and will even arrange transport from local stations or even your office. Just ask and we’ll get on the case.

Escape the busy crowds of the Commonwealth Games 2014 with a teambuilding day and enjoy the sun’s golden rays at the Crieff Hydro. Our fantastic Escape the City at Crieff Hydro offer is perfect for your colleagues to work together with a range of fantastic activites. We’d love to see you!

Crieff Hydro – Crieff Hydro Spa Series: How To Spa

Crieff Hydro – Crieff Hydro Spa Series: How To Spa

Crieff Hydro - Crieff Hydro Spa Series: How To Spa

Crieff Hydro – Crieff Hydro Spa Series: How To Spa

Though I have worked in the industry for 15 years I have been a lover of all things holistic for so much longer. I love a deep massage, a rejuvenating facial, some relaxing energy work, a powerful shiatsu session, a pampering pedicure or even some quiet time in a really great relaxation room. I’ve tried lots of different treatments; don’t ask me to pick a favourite. Put me in the warm hands of a skilled beauty therapist, and I’m in heaven.

But I wasn’t always a fan; in fact, I remember feeling a bit daunted by the prospect of baring my body—and perhaps my soul—to a stranger. A big part of that intimidation was not knowing what to expect.

As an enthusiastic supporter or all things spa, it pains me to think that some of you out there may be depriving yourself of its benefits due to the unknown. So here are some handy tips to help prepare yourself for what will hopefully become a lifelong addiction.

  1. Arrive early. There’s no better way to stress yourself out before what should be a relaxing experience than to turn up at the reception desk late and in a panic. Give yourself plenty of time to unwind before your treatment, and be sure to include the few minutes that you may need to fill out paperwork
  2. Food & Drink. Having a treatment on a full stomach is not the most pleasant experience.Eat a light meal several hours before your appointment, and be sure to eat a little something in advance so that your stomach’s not growling and your mind’s not distracted by hunger – if your stomach growls don’t worry, it’s a natural part of your body slowing down. Don’t forget to go to the bathroom beforehand so you don’t have to interrupt your treatment. Alcohol before the treatment is a no, no – sorry!
  3. Come clean. While some spas have “wet rooms” where you can soak in a hot tub, sweat it out in a sauna, and shower before your session, many do not. Best to call and verify if a shower is part of the amenities. If not, shower beforehand and keep your make up light, waterproof mascara & heavy eye makeup is a beauty therapists nightmare. If you can skip the scented body lotions and perfumes; some services include scented oils and aromatherapy, so let your skin be a clean slate.
  4. Disconnect. Turn off your mobile phone, tablet, pager, and any other devices. Make sure you’re not wearing a beeping watch. Let this time be a quiet sanctuary away from the daily grind.
  5. Tone it down. Spas are quiet zones. Chances are that other deserving guests are being tended to in nearby treatment rooms, seeking the same state of relaxation that’s in store for you. Let them enjoy their moment. Leave your outside voice outside the door, and speak in the hushed tones appropriate for a quiet spa.
  6. Pants or no pants? When you’re having a massage, body treatment or facial, it is best to strip down to your pants. Don’t let modesty pose an obstacle—beauty therapists always leave the room when you undress, and they are masters at the art of draping your body with towels and blankets so that you never feel overexposed. Disposable pants are sometimes provided if your treatment includes a shower or a wrap. If in doubt call ahead and we can let you know what to expect.
  7. Get cozy. Make sure you feel comfortable in the treatment room. Be sure to communicate to the therapist if the room is too hot or too cold, or if you’d like a pillow under your head or a bolster under your knees or the music turned up or down. This time is for you.
  8. Speak up. If the therapist’s touch is too deep or too light, or if there’s a place on your body that needs more or less attention, tell your therapist. And, by all means, ask for a tissue if you need to blow your nose after lying face down for a while – it happens!
  9. End gently. After your treatment, you will likely be in a state of deep relaxation. The therapist will discuss any homecare or wellness suggestions that they feel you should be aware of. When the therapist leaves the room, try not to leap off the table and into your clothes. Instead, savour the experience, get up slowly and if possible, avoid scheduling anything stressful after your appointment. Rehydrate with water or herbal tea in the lounge before you leave.
  10. Show thanks. Don’t feel shy about thanking your therapist.  Like any other working person, she will welcome words of appreciation. And while tipping is not required it’s an easy way to express appreciation for a job well done.

 

Crieff Hydro Riding Centre – A Typical Day At Crieff Hydro Riding Centre

Crieff Hydro Riding Centre – A Typical Day At Crieff Hydro Riding Centre

Crieff Hydro Riding Centre - A Typical Day At Crieff Hydro Riding Centre

Crieff Hydro Riding Centre – A Typical Day At Crieff Hydro Riding Centre

Breakfast – all ponies are fed first thing. This is our first job of the day at Crieff Hydro Riding Centre. This is hard feed for some and hay for all.  Horses need an hour to digest a concentrate ration (think breakfast cereal) before working so this is the first and most important job of the day.

Get set go! Mucking out! This means that we muck out all our riding school horses and ponies and full liveries.  Fifteen minutes per stable is the rule of thumb, so this needs done first thing when our energy levels are high and the sessions have not yet begun!  A horse weighing 500kgs can produce half a ton of dung a week so times this by twenty and then you can work out how many wheelbarrows that will be!

Turning out and tacking up – all our horses deserve a day off so the ones that are not working are turned out to their respective fields to have a munch of the hay and get their heads down to graze. We also have a number of full livery horses we look after, so we turn them out in the morning too. Find out more about our livery services here.

Because we run a variety of session form beginner lessons to schooling, jumping and hacking, we need to get a variety of ponies ready and this is determined in a pre-set rota. It has to run like clockwork! The ones who are working that day are then groomed and tacked up ready for the 10.45 beginners’ session and morning advanced hack.

Polly Rides! When Polly comes out to play at 1pm the bigger horses and ponies are hayed, watered and fed and allowed to chill out.  While Polly does her children’s pony rides we swap our horses and prepare the ponies for the afternoon sessions. Oh, and staff may get a bite to eat too – not a hay net though!

Polly has her lunch and at 2pm we begin the afternoon sessions. This can range from a beginner hack to an hour’s group grid work session, Riding for the Disabled Association RDA sessions or even a Uni competition day or games practice!  We also run our after school local sessions from 4pm onwards.

6pm – phew. Bed down our ponies and clean the yards and of course our tack and rugs.  We plan ahead for the following day and ensure plenty of stock and supplies are ready for the morning.  Once we finish up, the staff can have a well-deserved break and often head out to ride their own horses and projects!

Check out our website to find out more about what we do at Crieff Hydro Riding Centre.

Come and join us for horse riding sessions – best to book in advance.  Just get in touch by email stables.reception@crieffhydro.com or call us on 01764 651 616.

 

Crieff Hydro Riding Centre – Correctly Fitted Tack – How Often Do You Check Yours?

Crieff Hydro Riding Centre – Correctly Fitted Tack – How Often Do you Check Yours?

Crieff Hydro Riding Centre - Correctly Fitted Tack - How Often Do You Check Yours?

Crieff Hydro Riding Centre – Correctly Fitted Tack – How Often Do You Check Yours?

In some of our previous blogs we talked about the importance of getting the correct kit and tack for your riding discipline.

However, when was the last time you took a good look at your horse’s tack or got a qualified person to check it over?

Coming out of winter often means that our horses and ponies have changed shape. They may be slightly leaner with less body fat that they hold in the summer and most will be a little less fit than we wish them to! If you have a young horse you may find that as they mature; they are likely to also to change shape.  All of this means that the saddle and bridle may no longer provide the best fit or comfort for you and your horse.

There are some basic points to look for

o   The saddle should sit no further back than the loins and should not be further back than the last rib – if your saddle is too long, it will cause discomfort to your horse.

o   You should be able to see daylight through the gullet when there is no rider on board

o   At least four fingers should fit between the pommel and horse’s withers

o   There should be no movement or slipping of the saddle and when ridden.  Similarly, the horse should not have any restriction of movement.

At Crieff Hydro Riding Centre we have lots of native breed, notorious for changing shape so we make sure our level three and UKCC qualified instructors do daily tack checks.

We also use synthetic saddles on some of these ponies which have modern inserts allowing you to change the width of the saddle.

We’re delighted to Buffy Lacey BHSIA from Isle of Seil Saddlery visiting us again on Tuesday May 6th.  Buffy has over 20 years of experience in teaching and working with riders and horses, and studied at the Cumbria School of Saddlery.  Buffy is also a qualified Riding Therapist, and works holistically with horses and rider.

Appointment slots are available for Riding Centre liveries and non-liveries too.  To make an appointment, contact Isle of Seil Saddlery directly via their website www.isleofseilsaddlery.co.uk

For more details on this and other Crieff Hydro Riding Centre events, check out our Events and Training page or contact the team on 01764 651 616.

 

Crieff Hydro – Couples Getaways

Crieff Hydro – Couples Getaways Offer

Crieff Hydro - Couples Getaways

Crieff Hydro – Couples Getaways

If you’re looking to enjoy a romantic escape, we’ll ensure you’re treated to a fantastic time together at Crieff Hydro. We know that couples love a holiday and with our Couples Getaways offer you’ll enjoy an excellent retreat to the beautiful Perthshire countryside!

Until June 2014 and for just £142 per person you’ll enjoy;

  • 2 nights 4 star accommodation
  • Full Scottish breakfast
  • Dinner in a choice of restaurants
  • Daily entertainment
  • Lagoon pool & gym

Of course, we’ll be able to create a bespoke couples retreat that’s perfect for you. With our fantastic range of activities all onsite, we have all you need to enjoy a luxury couples holiday, we’d love to treat you! If you’re after a more adventurous escape choose to enjoy thrilling off-road driving or mountain biking. Additionally, our blissfully relaxing Victorian Spa will be perfect for a more invigorating escape. Just ask and we’ll work to ensure you both have an unforgettable time that caters for your every desire.

Escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy luxury at Crieff Hydro. With the sun’s golden rays dazzling, it’s the perfect time for a romantic holiday and we’ll ensure you enjoy a fantastic time. Our relaxing rooms will ensure you’re both treated in true style. We also know how important scrumptious food and drink is to a romantic retreat and with our range of restaurants you’ll love the tasty treats on offer.

Come and immerse yourself in our Couples Getaways offer and let us treat you to a fantastic romantic escape. We’ve tailor-made the offer to ensure you enjoy an enticing holiday where you can treat yourself! It’s the perfect way to enjoy a range of exciting activities, we’ll get on the case to ensure you both have a truly unforgettable time in sheer style. We’d love to see you!

Crieff Hydro – Father’s Day

Crieff Hydro – Father’s Day At Crieff Hydro

Crieff Hydro - Father's Day

Crieff Hydro – Father’s Day

It’s nearly Father’s Day so come the 15th of June it’s time to show Dad how much you really care. He’s always been there for you and at Crieff Hydro; our range of thrilling activities will be there for him! Choose to give Dad more than a card this year and treat him to a family holiday at Crieff Hydro.

If he’s a golfer he’ll love a round at our Culcrieff Golf Club where he can explore the beautiful Perthshire countryside. For only £19 our Father’s Day Golf Offer will treat him to a golf day including driving range, a round of golf and lunch at Culcrieff Golf Club, the perfect present! Or if he’s after more of an adventure, off-road driving or mountain biking will do just the trick. He’ll also be able to invigorate himself in our blissfully relaxing Victorian Spa if that’s what he’d enjoy! There’s a range of exciting activities which will be the perfect treat for Dad this Father’s Day. Of course, we’ll be able to create a bespoke holiday which will cater for his every taste, you just have to ask. Additionally, with our range of amazing gift vouchers, there will be the perfect present for your Dad to enjoy this Father’s Day.

Choose to treat Dad to a stay in one of our relaxing hotel rooms or even one of our luxury 5 star lodges or 3 star chalets which guests of all ages will love. We also suspect Dad will be interested in food and drink and with our range of restaurants, we’ll ensure he enjoys truly tasty delights!

Escape to Crieff Hydro this Father’s Day and treat Dad to a family holiday in true style. He’ll love our range of exciting activities which will ensure a fantastic Father’s Day. We’d love to see you!

Crieff Hydro Riding Centre – How To Impress A Show Judge (Top Tips For Showing Horses And Ponies)

Crieff Hydro Riding Centre – Our Horse Show Top Tips

Crieff Hydro Riding Centre - How To Impress A Show Judge (Top Tips For Showing Horses And Ponies)

Crieff Hydro Riding Centre – How To Impress A Show Judge (Top Tips For Showing Horses And Ponies)

The horse show season is just getting started and we have talked in previous blogs a lot about fittening and feeding for the coming season.  Here, at Crieff Hydro Riding Centre, we can also give you lessons and advise on how to impress the judge in the showing ring.  Here are some of our top tips for showing horses and ponies:

Pick the most suitable class for your horse or pony:  the horse should be entered in the correct class for his breed and size and be a good ‘stamp’ or ‘typical’ of his breed.  If you’re unsure which class is most suitable for your four-legged friend, ask your instructor for advice.  And remember, it doesn’t have to be an affiliated class for you to experience a taste of showing.  As well as classes by breed, most shows have classes like “Best Riding Club Horse” or “Best Pony Club Pony” as well as unaffiliated or veteran showing classes.  At Crieff Hydro Riding Centre we have Welsh ponies, Shetlands, Highlands, Exmoors, cobs, thoroughbreds and Arabs to name but a few!  Come meet some of them – it’s a great way to refresh your knowledge of different breeds of horse too.

Grooming – to plait or not to plait?  Ensure your horse is groomed to the correct standard for his breed.  For some classes, plaiting of the mane and tail is required.  For other classes, such as native breed showing classes, plaiting is not required.  Remember to leave enough time in your horse show preparation for trimming, pulling and hogging may be necessary.  If you’re not sure on what’s required, check the horse show schedule, show secretary or seek advice from your instructor.  And if plaiting or pulling’s not your thing, take advantage of Crieff Hydro Riding Centre’s grooming services.   We’re happy to advise and price in line with your needs.

Manners – in the showring, it’s vital that your horse is well mannered and obedient.  Even if you are showing a youngster, he will be expected to behave to a high standard, for safety’s sake as well as to show himself off to his best advantage.  As well as breaking and backing, Crieff Hydro Riding Centre also offers a schooling service.  Just ask us for details.

Rider - the riders needs to be a confident rider and have an effective position in the saddle.  A rider who not only looks the part, but who can ask the horse to move correctly and show off their paces will definitely catch the Judge’s eye.  Show your horse off to his best advantage by placing him thoughtfully in the showring.  If he’s grey, make him stand out by riding amongst darker horses; if he’s dark bay, position him alongside grey horses if you can.   Plan your individual horse show well in advance and avoid any tight turns or awkward loops.

For advice on how to prepare your horse for a horse show, correct tack for showing classes, plaiting services or a refresher lesson in showing skills, Crieff Hydro Riding Centre is here to help.  Just get in touch with us on 01764 651 616 and our qualified instructors will keep you right on how to prepare your horse or pony for a great (and enjoyable!) performance on the day.

Happy showing!

 

 

Crieff Hydro – Summer Teambuilding At Crieff Hydro

Crieff Hydro – Day Meeting And Teambuilding Package

Crieff Hydro - Meetings And Activities For Teambuilding

Crieff Hydro – Meetings And Activities For Teambuilding

We know how important it is for colleagues to work as a team and with our Summer Teambuilding at Crieff Hydro offer we’ll make sure that happens! Get out of the office this Summer and enjoy a fantastic day designed to ensure your colleagues are treated to an exciting and unique time. It could be a meeting in one of our flexible function rooms in the morning and then an afternoon of thrilling activities; we’ll cater for your every desire.

From the 2nd of June to the 30th of September 2014 and for only £65 per person you’ll be able to enjoy;

  • Arrival tea, coffee and bacon (or vegetarian) roll
  • Morning meeting room complete with free Wi-Fi, projector, screen and stationery, mineral water, cordials, confectionary and fresh fruit
  • 2 course lunch
  • Choice of afternoon activity

Choose from a treetop adventure where those valiant enough can explore the treetops of the surrounding Perthshire countryside with our Aloft turret trail. Additionally, our Team Challenge activity will have you working as a team to tackle a number of challenges in a truly exciting way. With a number of fantastic activities all onsite, we have all you need to ensure an excellent teambuilding day!

Our specialist meetings and events coordinator will work with you to create a bespoke day. We’re just an hour away from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee, perfect for an escape this Summer. We can also arrange transport from local stations or even your office, all you have to do is ask and we’ll get on the case!

Visit us for a fantastic teambuilding day and enjoy the sun’s golden rays at Crieff Hydro. Our Summer Teambuilding at Crieff Hydro offer is the perfect package for your colleagues to work together as they enjoy a range of exciting activities. We’d love to see you!

Crieff Hydro – Afternoon Tea Is Extra Special At Crieff Hydro

Crieff Hydro – Afternoon Tea In Perthshire – Enjoy A Touch of Luxury With A Crieff Hydro Afternoon Tea

Crieff Hydro - Afternoon Tea At Crieff Hydro

Crieff Hydro – Afternoon Tea At Crieff Hydro

When you’re in need of a little pick-me-up, an afternoon tea at Crieff Hydro is just the ticket.  Whether it’s a day out with the girls, a catch up with old friends, or simply to enjoy a little taste of luxury, a Crieff Hydro afternoon tea tick all the boxes.

Loose leaf teas, not tea bags.  Precision-cut sandwiches.  Éclairs served with whisky cream.  It’s all about the details.

And we’ve taken our afternoon tea experiences to a whole new level, so that guests can enjoy a taste of Victorian tradition in an extra special setting.  Think delicious infusions (from our friends at Pekoe tea), the cream of all cake stands and soothing live music.  All set in the tranquillity of our Loggia, complete with its panoramic views of the stunning Perthshire hills.

There’s the Classic Afternoon Tea – a longstanding favourite, complete with cucumber and cream cheese, egg mayonnaise and cress sandwiches, not to mention the home-made scones with strawberry preserve and clotted cream and the mini chocolate éclairs.  For a touch of extra sparkle, why not indulge in our Prosecco or Champagne afternoon tea?

Crieff Hydro - Afternoon Tea

Crieff Hydro – Afternoon Tea

Or for something a little bit different, why not try our Hendrick’s Gin and Tonic Afternoon Tea and enjoy a tipple in a teapot?  You’ll enjoy Hendrick’s poured from its very own ginpot, with dainty cups and saucers completing the scene.  We think you’ll love our Ben Nevis 10 year old single malt smoke salmon sandwiches, complete with lemon mayonnaise and rocket, and we’re confident our French macaroons will go down a treat.

Available regularly on Sundays, starting on Sunday 6th April (2-5pm) prices start from just £9.50pp.  Numbers for these extra special afternoon teas are limited, so best to book early with our Winter Garden team on 01764 651 665.

When it comes to places to eat in Perthshire, Crieff Hydro offers one of the broadest choices around.  To discover more about dining at Crieff Hydro, take a peek at our food and drink options or why not treat someone to Crieff Hydro dining gift vouchers ?

Crieff Hydro Riding Centre – Group Horse Riding In Perthshire

Crieff Hydro Riding Centre – Group Horse Riding Lessons and Group Horse Riding Hacks In Perthshire

Crieff Hydro Riding Centre - Group Horse Riding In Perthshire

Crieff Hydro Riding Centre – Group Horse Riding In Perthshire

Horse riding in Scotland offers a fun way for horse riders, novice or advanced, to explore the breath-taking views and scenery in area.  Not only that, but it’s enormous fun too!

And there are few more picturesque areas than Perthshire, gateway to the Highlands, to discover on horseback.  You’ll be drawn in by the beautiful Scottish countryside and may even catch a glimpse of some local wildlife.

A trip to Crieff Hydro Riding Centre should be high on any family’s list of things to do in Perthshire.  As well as riding lessons, the centre also offers guided hacks for groups around its 900 acre estate.

When you come along for your horse riding lesson or horse riding hack, you’ll be welcomed by one of our friendly team, who will help you get kitted out with your riding hat.  You’ll then be introduced to your trusty steed and taught the basic riding commands you’ll need to be able to enjoy your horse riding hack.

Our BET, TRSS and BHS qualified instructors will also cast a watchful eye over the riding abilities of the group, during the assessment stage and also out on the trails.

Crieff Hydro Riding Centre offers group horse riding hacks for complete beginners, as well as rides for those more experienced in the saddle.  So we can be sure that all riders will get the most from their horse riding experience, and to make the horse riding hack as enjoyable as possible, it’s important that each group is made up of riders around the same level of riding ability.  We’ll ask about your riding ability when you first get in touch to book your horse riding experience too.

As well as group horse riding hacks, we’re also able to offer private hacks for families or friends.  These private group rides are available for up to 6 people per ride (aged 8+) and cost a flat fee of £200 for the group.  So if you’d prefer a cantering hack for yourself and a group of experienced horse riding friends, or if you fancy bringing the family for an introduction to horse riding, why not get in touch and book a private group horse riding hack?

Contact Crieff Hydro Riding Centre today on 01764 651 616 to find out more about family and group horse riding sessions or visit our website, www.hydroriding.com

 

 


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