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Drovers’ Tryst Walking Festival 2018 – programme launched.

The seventeenth annual Crieff and Strathearn Drovers’ Tryst Walking Festival programme is now open for online bookings at the event’s website

The Drovers’ Tryst, which takes place from 6th – 14th October, is one of Scotland’s premier walking festivals and is acclaimed for its friendliness and variety. It celebrates the cattle drovers who made Crieff one of the most important places in Scotland in the 1700s, when the Crieff Tryst in Michaelmas week was the largest cattle market in the land.

This year’s festival offers an exceptionally rich programme of 32 graded and guided walks in Perthshire, many of which are new to the Tryst, together with a programme of social events throughout the week. Walkers can choose to follow in the footsteps of our ancestors through the Sma’ Glen or enjoy dramatic Perthshire autumnal colours in the woods around Dunkeld. For our more adventurous walkers, the festival offers a range of peaks to be climbed including several Munros along with a number of lower, but no less dramatic, hills. As in previous years, the Tryst offers a range of opportunities to go “walking with” to learn from experts: including subjects such as photography, archaeology, flora & fauna, the grounds and castle at Murthly, Innerpeffray Library, beekeeping and local wildlife.

The Social programme, most evenings, offers talks, films, whisky tasting, food, and drama at a variety of venues.  The Tryst will culminate in a ceilidh, open to all, on the final Saturday night.

On Sunday 14th the Hairy Coo Mountain Bike Races offer riders of all abilities a chance to have fun on Comrie Croft’s network of highly regarded trails.  Comrie Croft was awarded ‘UK Trail of the Year 2016’. We will also be offering family friendly guided bike rides around the roads and tracks of Strathearn.

There are plenty of bed and breakfasts, hotels and self-catering in and around the Crieff area plus a wealth of places to eat, drink and shop. It all adds up to an unmissable programme for anyone looking for a walking holiday in Perthshire.

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Celebration Time!

The four new Trustees celebrate the grant of Charitable status for the Crieff and Strathearn Drovers’ Tryst (the Tryst) at their first meeting.

The Tryst is very pleased to have recently been awarded Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation status, or SCIO for short.

The 12th of September 2017 was the date of incorporation.  Achieving this is a recognition, by the authorities, of the charitable nature of the work carried out by the Tryst. This work includes improving the wellbeing of participants by way of the walking and mountain biking activities that the Tryst runs, and promoting the heritage of the local area, including education of participants in the local history. The Tryst also provides a range of social and artistic events for the benefit of the local and wider communities.

The fact that the Tryst is now a SCIO is also a recognition of its achievements over the past 16 years and is a testimony to, and legacy of, the far-sighted wisdom of the founders and all those who followed them in managing the Tryst.  It is also a recognition of the hard work and dedication of the many hundreds of unpaid volunteers who have assisted, and continue to assist, in so many ways over the years since. Without the volunteers, and of course all the participants, there would be no Tryst and the local community would not have benefitted.

It is fitting that this recognition of the Trysts charitable work should come less than 2 weeks before this year’s event starts on Saturday 7th October, running until Saturday 14th October.

There has been a lot of hard work put into preparing the documentation for the SCIO application, and in particular the Tryst is very grateful for the hard work put in by the trustees, pictured from left to right, Ian Buchan, Julia Greenlees, Karin Greevy and Des Greevy.

The new trustees would also like to thank Colin Liddell, charity law specialist, for his expertise and assistance in helping The Tryst achieve its new SCIO status.



Press Contact
For press enquiries please contact Ian Buchan on  (01764 650606).

Note to Editors
The cattle were brought to Crieff by drovers, who travelled hundreds of miles from as far as The Isle of Skye. This often took weeks of walking through the remote mountains and glens of Scotland over rough and barren terrain. At that time, Crieff was one of Scotland’s most important financial centres.

In the Scots language, a ‘tryst’ (pronounced optionally with a vowel that rhymes with ‘rye’ or with ‘wrist’) is an arranged meeting place and is a word that is also linked to standard English ‘trust’. Crieff was the place where dealers ‘trysted’ to meet the cattle drovers in order to transact business.

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