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Drovers’ Tryst 2020 Cancelled

Following the latest developments regarding the Covid-19 virus we have made the extremely difficult decision to cancel May’s walking festival.  The health and welfare of our customers and volunteers is paramount so we have decided to cancel all walks and social events for this year.  All our customers will be contacted in the next few days to arrange refunds.  Of course this is a great disappointment to all given the time and effort we all give to get the walking festival organised and help out with registration, driving and on the walks themselves.  However the situation is out of our control with little sign of normality returning for some considerable time.

On an optimistic note the beautiful hills and walks of Perthshire will still be there in 2021 and we will be back with all this year’s walks and more with a full programme of 6-8 days; in time to celebrate 20 years of the Drovers’ Tryst!  Meanwhile I wish you good wishes, stay safe and we will get through this.


Gil Martin


23rd March 2020

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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