Oct 14 2010 By Lynn Duke
CRIEFF’S annual walking festival got off to a great start with record numbers participating.
Almost all of the walks featured in the ninth Drovers’ Tryst have been fully booked and the evening entertainment has been described as excellent.
Tryst Tales and Tunes on Saturday night showcased the wealth of writing and musical talent that exists locally and the WRI hall in Comrie was packed for Comrie Cinema Club’s screening of ‘Inaccessible Pinnacle’.
On Saturday the re-enactment group Plaidsword provided a lively start to the week when they visited Crieff Country Market in James Square and performed a series of entertaining and educational demonstrations relative to droving times.
On Sunday the Square was host to a performance from the pipes and drums making up the Sounds of Strathearn.
“It has been most encouraging to see many local people taking part and joining the many returning regulars,” said Tryst chairman John Cummings.
“The Tryst has grown in popularity as a leading Scottish walking festival and visitors from England, America and Germany have booked in for a week of walking and activities. They all claim that there is no better place to be, especially at this time of year.
“With the stunning autumn colours and abundant wildlife, with many sightings of birds of prey and deer, they do have a point.”
John also praised Crieff Visitor Centre, which he said had proved to be the ideal base for the trips to set off from and return to. “All the walk groups have been briefed in a very convivial atmosphere,” he added.
There are still seven places available on the Rob Roy, Jacobites and Drovers walk on Saturday. Described as a “gentle but fascinating walk in Crieff with a local history expert”, the stroll starts at 10am and lasts approximately three hours. To book call 01764 652 578 or visit www.droverstryst.com.