Cream o’ the Croft is Scotland’s family-friendly Mountain Bike Festival, held annually at the award-winning “green” campsite, hostel and trail centre, Comrie Croft in beautiful Perthshire.
The Croft is a rustic gem and an outdoor-lover's paradise, boasting miles of fabulous mountain bike trails, stunning walks, traditional Nordic Kata tents, two hostels and some of the best views you will find anywhere. There is no better venue for a family-friendly mountain bike festival!
Cream o’ the Croft is a packed weekend of camping, mountain bike racing for all ages and abilities, live music and family entertainment. Throw in a whole load of gourmet food, a fully-licenced bar and a host of other fun activities ranging from pedal-powered cinema to giant water slide to street performers and it becomes clear this is going to be one heck of a weekend at The Croft!
Think of Cream o’ the Croft as your favourite mountain bike Enduro, food and drink festival, beer festival and family-friendly music festival all rolled into one. Yes, it's as good as it sounds!
Event details and schedule
Comrie Croft is located just off the A85 between Crieff and Comrie, in Perthshire, Scotland, PH7 4JZ.
Who’s organising it?
The festival is a team effort between 3 principle players. The hosts Comrie Croft and Comrie Croft Bikes are in charge of the fantastic venue and trails. The festival and bike racing will be organised by the awesome Muckmedden team, purveyors of the UK’s most ridiculously fun mountain bike events and Hansen’s Kitchen of Comrie will keep everyone fed and watered with a range of delicious locally-sourced food and drink treats.
See event website.
Can I bring my dog/cat/budgie?
Scooby Doo is welcome. Chopper and Fang can come too, so long as they behave themselves. There are sheep and chickens around so as long as they are kept under control all pets are welcome. Please make sure you bring the little plastic baggies to clean up the poop. We won’t help you recapture your llama if it escapes though, that’s your problem.
We have a large camping area near to the main car park where you can pitch up beside your vehicle and you’re welcome to bring your campervan/caravan in here too if you want to pitch up next to your friends. This is the where to camp if you don’t mind a little liveliness!
We have two quiet camping areas. The first is located in the bottom corner of the main camping area and you can camp next to your vehicle. The second quiet area is in The High Meadow, which is located further up the hill, away from the event village. You’ll have to leave your vehicle at the bottom of the hill if you’re camping up there but the views are sublime! We'll even take your gear up the hill for you and leave it in a holding area for you. Oh, you're welcome.
Campervans & Caravans
We have an area of hard standing which will allow a decent number of caravans, and campervans, and the camping field is also ok for campervans.
Other accommodation options
Comrie Croft Hostel is right in the heart of the festival and has several family rooms, plus a whole bunch of Swedish Kata tents available for the weekend. When you buy your festival/race entry you'll be given the option to upgrade to something a bit posher. If you missed it, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for availability. Go on, treat yourself!
Can we have a Campfire or Barbeque?
Not this weekend I’m afraid. We will have a communal fire bowl in the High Meadow but no individual fires, barbeques or camping stoves will be allowed for obvious safety reasons. Hundreds of tents, naked flames and people in a confined space do not mix! Communal fires mean more fun though, so bring along your guitar and get your ging gang goolies out, just be careful they don’t get burnt!
Toilets and showers
There will be ample toilets and showers for use over the weekend. There will be portable toilets within the camping field, toilets in the main courtyard, a composting toilet block in the High Meadow, plumbed-in shower block plus toilets near the main building and showers at the normal campsite facilities.
Food and Drink
One of the attractions at Cream O’ the Croft will be the choice of high quality food and drink available. Hansen’s Kitchen will be running the bar and serving up all manner of delicious edibles over the course of the the weekend.
You are welcome to bring along pre-cooked food and drink but only for consumption at your campsite. Be a responsible camper – any rubbish you create, please take it with you and recycle it at home, or put it in one of the many wheelie bins around the venue and it will be taken back to Binn Eco Park and recycled there.
Cash points & Shops
There is an on-site shop at Comrie Croft which sells basic supplies, camping spares, juice and sweets etc and also offers cash back.
Comrie Croft Bikes is on-site in their brand-new, swanky, spangly bike shop and workshop! They'll be offering a great selection of parts and accessories, gloves, pads, helmets, new bikes and all the shiny stuff you’d expect from a local bike shop – including repairs if you’re stuck. There will also be a whole host of other bike shops and traders on site to tempt you to part with your hard-earned cashola.
First Aid & Insurance
We have full public liability cover (but all participants take part in races at their own risk) and we have top notch first aid cover for the whole weekend, capable of accessing the trickier to reach parts of the bike trails.
We have a pile of tremendous prizes to give away over the course of the weekend courtesy of our lovely sponsors, and you don’t even need to be fastest to win a prize! We’ll be having a random raffle for race entrants after the race and if you’re name’s called out you’ve won something nice!
Is there anything else going on apart from bike racing?
Absolutely tons of stuff! Cream o' the Croft is a bona-fide family-friendly festival with loads of great live bands, circus skills workshops, stunt shows and activities to keep people of all ages amused throughout the weekend! We also have a giant water slide, demo bikes, pedal-powered movies and a mechanical bull on site to name a handful of stuff. Or you could just admire the pretty sky with a refreshing beverage until you nod-off in your hammock.
I’m worried about the weather, will I be too hot?
It is likely. It’s well known that Comrie has its own unusual micro climate where it only rains as little as 50% of the year. Bring a hat. And sunscreen. And a brolly. And wellies, and flip flops…..and maybe a snorkel....
The Scottish Mountain Bike Consortium