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The Crieff & Strathearn Drovers’ Tryst walking festival will be held over two long weekends in 2021.  The weekend dates will be 29-31st May and 17-19th July.  This year the festival will continue to offer a wide choice of walks with walk levels to suit all.  In addition there will be a number of new walks offered.

The constraints of the COVID pandemic and social distancing restrictions will mean that we will be implementing a number of changes to the walking festival.  These will include:

– Smaller walk groups on walks.  We plan for a maximum of 8.

– Walkers will be asked to meet at the walk start point, not in Crieff.

– Walkers will use their own transport to get to the walk start.  There will be no minibus or car sharing provided.

– Walk prices will be reduced this year to reflect the change to the festival programme.

– All participants must bring their own PPE and hand sanitiser gel.

The format for the festival will be subject to the prevailing guidelines for outdoor activities and social distancing at the time in May and July.   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.

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 in Crieff on 12/08/20.  Details of the Drovers’ Tryst 2019 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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