This year’s Drovers’ Tryst Festival takes place from Saturday, October 6 to 13.
There is plenty to suit all age groups and abilities with 38 walks, 13 social events, three mountain bike races, two exhibitions, one geocaching event and a ceilidh just some of the activities on offer.
Now in its eleventh year, the Drovers’ Tryst is a unique event run by local volunteers and reliant upon local support.
A spokesperson said: “We pride ourselves on offering a full and varied programme in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. There is certainly plenty to do throughout the week.
“More walks than ever are on offer with twenty four of the thirty eight walks being new to the Tryst. We have tried to produce a varied programme which has something for everyone, and a full range of walks each day.
“There are some great new extra hard and hard walks taking in new mountain ranges; new routes on familiar mountains; new droving and linear routes and some fascinating challenging walks around Crieff and the Ochils.
“Specialist walks now include geology and archaeology as well as photography, history and wildlife.
“To date there are still spaces available on a number of the walks. So whether you are an experienced walker or just want to try something different you are most welcome to join us. All walks start from the Crieff Visitor Centre where groups will be briefed by their walk leaders before taking off in our own minibuses, or car sharing.”
The is also an excellent programme of social events, involving many local community groups.
Old favourites include Sounds of Strathearn Pipes and Drums, The Comrie Cinema Night, the Traditional Music Session, Ghost Stories and Whisky Tasting at the ‘Curly Coo’, the Quiz Night and the Ceilidh at Comrie Croft on the final Saturday.
For drama fans, ‘Cruisin’ Doon to Crieff’ is an original dramatic production for the Tryst telling the story of Scotland and the sea. And the annual Tryst/FOIL talk is ‘Scotland – Mapping a Nation’ by Professor Charles Withers, author of the first book to take Scotland’s maps seriously as a form of Scottish history. Innerpeffrey Library will also be the venue for a fascinating exhibition entitled ‘The Books Walk’ which will trace the journey of books borrowed from the library during the Age of the Enlightenment.
A new venue this year is the atmospheric Muthill Museum which is hosting an evening of ‘Tales of Earnside’.
There is also a strong Gaelic theme to the 2012 event with ‘Latha nan Drobhairean : The Drovers’ Day’, on the first Saturday, which will feature musicians, poets and story tellers culminating in a concert in the evening. There will also be an illustrated talk by Ruairidh Malean entitled ‘Cairdean nan Drobhairean : The Drovers’ Friends’.
On Sunday 6 there will be a special free Geocaching event at Comrie Croft aimed at novices and experts alike.
And for the even more adventurous, the ever popular Hairy Coo Mountain Bike Races also take place at Comrie Croft on Saturday, October 13.
For further information check the website www.droverstryst.com. Bookings can be made on line or at Crieff’s Visit Scotland Visitor Centre.