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Drovers’ Tryst Walking Festival 2017 – programme launched

The sixteenth annual Crieff and Strathearn Drovers’ Tryst Walking Festival programme is now open for online bookings at the event’s website A printed programme leaflet will be available shortly.

The Drovers’ Tryst, which takes place from 7th – 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 Perthshire graded and guided walks, around a third 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 of the Trossachs, and in the company of the Woodland Trust Scotland. 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, formal gardening at Drummond Castle, Innerpeffray, beekeeping and local wildlife.

The Social programme, most evenings, offers talks, films, traditional music, 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 8th the Hairy Coo Mountain Bike Race offers riders of all abilities a chance to have fun on Comrie Croft’s network of highly regarded trails.  Comrie Croft was recently awarded ‘UK Trail of the Year 2016’.

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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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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