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The Tryst is a charity run entirely by about 60 unpaid volunteers, many of whom are still in full or part time employment. They all gladly give up their spare time to play their part in planning, organising and then running the Tryst.

Please bear this in mind, particularly during the week of the Tryst when things are busiest, if you think that you need to contact us. Because we are all volunteers, and during the Tryst are likely to be out on the hills etc, we will not be monitoring constantly, emails, phones or social media to pick up your messages, requests etc, and therefore our response time will not necessarily be appropriate to the request/message.

Review of Timing of Tryst for 2019.

After each Tryst we review what went well and what did not go so well.

This year we focused in particular on the weather and the adverse effect that it had on the Tryst.

We hold the Tryst in October to commemorate the Michaelmas cattle drove that came to Crieff at that time when Crieff was at the heart of the cattle droving trade.

We also hold the Tryst at that time because Perth and Kinross schools are on holiday at that time and Perth and Kinross Council very kindly allow us to use school minibuses for the linear walks.  Without that assistance we would have to hire buses which would increase significantly the costs of the walks.

Ironically the weather in week before and in the three weeks after the Tryst in 2018 was superb, dry bright and light winds which showed the autumn colours of the area at their best.

Accordingly, we have decided that we should hold the Tryst in 2019 during the week beginning Saturday 5th October to Saturday 12th October inclusive.

As ever we will again review the Tryst timing after the 2019 Tryst.

Cancellation and amendments to walks.

In the very rare event that a walk is cancelled we aim to give you at least 24 hours’ notice and will offer a full refund of booking fees or a place on an alternative walk. In these circumstances we will contact you.


The history of Scotland goes beyond bloody battles and castles. Away from the famous conflicts associated with Wallace, Bruce and Bonnie Prince Charlie, ordinary folk just got on with their lives. Crieff & Strathearn Drovers Tryst annually celebrates the life, work and play of the people who made Crieff in Perthshire the crossroads of Scotland in the 1700s.

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. The area and the walking programme include a wide variety of terrain, from wooded walks along the River Earn to routes that climb Munros. Walks are enriched by wildlife, plants, trees, history and the company of like-minded people.

Complementing the walking programme is a series of evening social events, including music, informative talks, cinema and a ceilidh.


mcofslogoThe Drovers’ Tryst is an Associate Member of the Mountaineering Council of Scotland.

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