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Following the success of the Tryst this year – over our 2 x weekends in May & July – the Trustees have decided to continue with this theme and are planning a 4-day festival over the Bank Holiday weekend – Fri 27 May – Mon 30 May 2022 (inclusive). We are proposing to offer 5 x walks per day and looking to increase the number of walkers to 12 (the COVID restrictions in 2021 restricted us to 8 walkers). We also hope to reintroduce minibuses, to enable us to offer linear (A to B) walks.

Next year we will continue to offer a wide choice of walks with levels to suit all.  In addition we are hoping to add some new walks – and will be looking to try and open up to our younger & family members. Planning for these walks will start in October 2021 – and they should be available to book on our website from early 2022.

By way of looking back, the Trustees would like to extend their sincere thanks to all those who took part and helped out this year. It was hugely appreciated by all of the many walkers who attended. As an entirely voluntary organisation (we are a charity too), we can only survive & prosper with the support of our members & volunteers. To that end, we would be very grateful if you could please let us know if you are able to help out next year (in any capacity, from assisting with the administration to leading Extra Hard walks). Please email us at:

In addition, please let me know if you would like to suggest a walk that we could include in next year’s programme.

We hope that the constraints of the COVID pandemic (and social distancing restrictions etc) are now behind us – but of course we will be obliged to comply with any new Government guidance. Needless to say, the welfare of our customers and volunteers is crucial to us, so we will take all measures necessary to ensure that the 2022 walk festival remains safe. We will also endeavour to make it enjoyable & fun too!

Scotland’s Friendly Walking Festival – Great Walks, Stunning Scenery, Fine Company and more!    Crieff & Strathearn Drovers’ Tryst annually celebrates the life, work & traditions 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 spring 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.

For all the budding photographers out there, we encourage you to send your photos from walks, or any other Tryst events, into our photo competition. Lots of people now use their phones for photography and to help you get the best pictures from your mobile devices we have prepared ’12 Tips for Smartphone Photography’ which you can view here.

‘Scotland’s Friendly Walking Festival’ values its members who benefit from early access to walk bookings, receive regular newsletters and can access publications like Scottish Mountaineering.  By becoming a member you can also get involved in running the Tryst and contributing to the walk programme.  If you are interested in supporting the Tryst and becoming a member, which of course is FREE, please click HERE for further information.

* Drovers’ Tryst  Annual Member Meeting was held remotely on 21/04/21.  Details of the Drovers’ Tryst 2020 Report and Accounts can be seen here and the minutes of the meeting can be seen here

If you would like to read up on more of Perthshire’s heritage and history, please click on the image below:

Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation: SCO 47728

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