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STOP PRESS – There will be is a short piece on drovers and drove roads on the BBC Landward programme (BBC 1 Scotland) on Thu 8 Oct at 8pm and Fri 9 Oct at 7.35pm. For those south of the border, the episode should be available on iPlayer.

Gil Martin, chair of Crieff & Strathearn Drovers’ Tryst was on location with the BBC Landward team in mid September to film their latest episode.  The programme will focus on Scottish beef production, so it was appropiate for the the story to start in Crieff and the ancient cattle droving roads to the Tryst and the subsequent meat markets.

Presenter Dougie Vipond and the production team were treated to some fine Strathearn weather as the filming took place in the Sma’ Glen.  For those of you who have been on local Tryst walks around Crieff, see if you can identify the location!

See link below for more info:

Drovers’ Tryst 2021 – UPDATE as at 27 Aug 2020

I hope that you are safe and well and have managed to find a way to cope with the Covid 19 pandemic.  The situation and outlook for the remainder of 2020 and into 2021 remains challenging for us all and largely uncertain.  Nonetheless I want to tell you about our recent Annual Members Meeting and our outlook and plans for the Drovers’ Tryst in 2021.

  • The Crieff & Strathearn Drovers’ Tryst held the Annual Member Meeting in Crieff on Wednesday 12th August.  The meeting reported on the Report and Accounts for the financial year to 31st December 2019 and the Tryst activities in 2019.  A copy of the annual report can be seen here and the minutes of the meeting can be seen here

  • Drovers’ Tryst in 2021.  Our plans for now are to hold the Drovers’ Tryst walking festival in late May 2021.  This will be subject to the prevailing guidelines for outdoor activities and social distancing at the time – a subject that we will be closely monitoring in the lead up to next years’ festival and when we open our website for booking walks (probably January 2021).  The health and welfare of our customers and volunteers is most important and we will take all measures necessary to ensure that the walk festival is safe, conforms to required regulations at the time and we hope is enjoyable.  With this in mind we will be reviewing the walk and festival options over the next few months.

  • We are interested to know your thoughts on the walking festival for next May.  Whether you would be interested in attending group walks, sharing minibuses or cars and whether you would participate in the evening social activities.  With your information and comments we hope to be able to assess what would work for the forthcoming festival and what changes we may have to implement to ensure a safe, enjoyable and successful event.  Your comments and feedback would be appreciated.  Please email us at

We will continue to provide updates on the proposed walking festival for May 2021 on this homepage so please do look at this website for periodic updates and news.  We will also send our details of news and developments to all our members by email.

Gil Martin, Chair

Crieff & Strathearn Drovers Tryst

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.

Complementing the outdoor activities is a series of enjoyable evening social events, that includes talks, music, drama and film, and Crieff’s great food and drink in local restaurants and cafes, a wide choice of places to stay and many other interesting attractions.

All walks are now charged at the same rate (£18/walk) – for both car share and minibus walks. This increase has allowed us to allocate minibuses & drivers to more walks (and all transport costs are borne within this £18 charge). Where a car share is still planned – there is no requirement for driver fuel contributions. A complementary ‘tick removal card’ will be provided to all walkers –  representing a further benefit (see the full benefit package – as part of FREE membership – link below).

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.

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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