World Wars and Tourism
With the arrival of the railway,
a Hydropathic hotel, large villas, fine public
parks - Crieff already became a fashionable holiday resort as the 20thC
The Great War 1914-18 saw
the death and maiming of a whole generation. 100's of local young men and
women were killed.
The immediate years after
saw an economic boom, but this was short lived and the Great Depression followed.
In many ways Strathearn fared better than some areas with it's backbone of
agriculture. In 1922 the Crieff Electric Supply Company began generating
and provided some electric lighting locally.
The Second World War brought
more death but it must be said, less that WWI. Many evacuees were moved to
the safety of Strathearn and away from the cities. Schools expanded rapidly
to cope with the influx of these children. Outside Comrie lies Cultybraggan
Army Camp. This was one of the most secure prisoner of war camps during WWII
housing nearly 4000 'high risk' Germans.
The fifties saw the last cattle
markets in Crieff. An event which marked the end of centuries of
1951 saw the end of passenger
trains from Perth, through Crieff and Comrie to Lochearnhead. Rail buses
operated for a while but in 1964 the line closed completely. A hospital,
health clinic and supermarket now stand on the site of the old railway station
and sidings. A main intercity line runs from Perth to Stirling on the southern
edge of Strathearn with a station at Gleneagles. The A9, the main north-south
road in Scotland and the A85, the main east-west road in the southern Highlands,
both pass through Strathearn.
As the 21thC began, tourism
and related service industries had become the main source of income and jobs