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The 2016 Tryst walking festival will run from 8th to 15th October

Crieff & Strathearn Drovers' Tryst annually celebrates the life, work and play of the people who made Crieff the cattle-droving crossroads of Scotland in the 1700s. The modern day Tryst is a walking festival run by volunteers and built around a programme of guided walks in the stunning scenery and autumn colours of Strathearn & surrounding areas of Perthshire. The walks vary in difficulty but all are enriched by wildlife, plants, trees, history and the company of like-minded people.

Complementing the walks is a series of enjoyable evening social events, with music, drama and film! The Tryst also embraces a mountain bike event, and there is great food and drink to be enjoyed in local restaurants and cafes, a wide choice of places to stay and many other interesting attractions. And a Photography Competition too!

The 2015 Tryst is over but its events will remain on display here until the 2016 programme is ready for launch in Spring 2016.


Guided walks are the core of the festival, ranging from themed easy walks to high level walks in the hills up to an hour away from Crieff.

In 2015 more than 30 walks, many of which are new, offer something to suit all interests and abilities!

Mountain Biking

An excellent MTB event gives an opportunity for riders of all levels to enjoy going as fast as they can.

The Hairy Coo has a day of races on the expanded and improved network of handmade trails at Comrie Croft.

Social Events

An exciting programme of social activities, with something each day to entertain you, including the following:

Live traditional music, pipe and brass bands, drama, talks and film to name just a few.

Other Activities

While you are in Strathearn, don't miss the opportunity to enjoy some of the many other things to do.

And that includes not just outdoors but also relaxing into the pleasures of eating, drinking, shopping and visiting the local attractions!