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Drovers' Tryst Walking Festival - 10th to 17th October 2015


Crieff and Strathearn's
Drovers' Tryst - annual popular Scottish walking festival


In tales of the history of Scotland, much is made of castles, feuds and bloody battles! Famous characters such as Wallace, Bruce and Bonnie Prince Charlie stand out, as do the dramatic events in which they played their parts. But even in tempestuous times, most ordinary folk just got on with their lives. Cattle still had to be raised, fed and taken to market to pay the rent and feed the nation! Crieff and Strathearn Droversí Tryst celebrates the journeys and lives of the people and cattle from across Scotland who during the 1700s converged on Crieff each October for the great Michaelmas week fair. Today's innovative festival seeks to recreate the atmosphere of the droving days - without the inconvenience of 30,000 cattle!

Now established for over a decade, the festival continues to build on its previous success and popularity by offering a fresh and interesting range of activities for adults and children - providing the perfect autumn break. Walking is at the heart of the Tryst festival, with a programme of guided walks that has something for everyone. Choose to bag some local Munros, walk old drove roads or take a gentle ramble through the glens and feast your eyes on the lovely autumn colours of the Perthshire landscape. Try something new such as geocaching or develop an existing interest in a new environment on a photographic walk.

Round off the day with a night of traditional music or an evening at the local cinema club; or take some time out to shop at the local Country Market and enjoy great food in the local restaurants and cafes.

The Tryst also embraces the Hairy Coo mountain bike race which is a day of fun mountain bike racing for both juniors and adults on a network of handmade trails set in the great scenery of Strathearn.

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