Drovers Tryst Walking Festival – Drovers Tryst
Crieff was the cattle droving crossroads of Scotland in the 1700’s. Many farmers and their live-stock from all over the Scotland descended on James Square in Crieff annually during the 2nd week in October where they would meet, catch up with long lost friends and trade their cattle and goods at the open air market. This fabulous walking festival re-enacts their steps in and around Crieff, the ancient market town.
This festival is suitable for all walkers of all abilities and also includes evening social events, tailored around the history of the Drover’s community in the means of talks, films, music and drama while indulging in the hospitality of Crieff’s many restaurants.
Buchanty Spout, made famous by BBC's Countryfile, is one of the best places in Scotland to see and photograph the leaping salmon making their way up the impressive water fall on the River Almond, during the first two weeks of October.
Perthshire is home to a range of birds of prey including Golden Eagles, Ospreys, Red Kites, common Buzzards and many more.
Crieff is in prime position for a day visit to the Osprey Centre at the Loch in the Lowes where you can witness the birds in their natural habitat.
Perthshire is home to some of the best golf course in Scotland, including the Famous Gleneagles, boosting their collection of championship courses only 10 miles from Crieff.
Other Golf courses in Perthshire offer breath-taking scenery and some wonderful 9 hole gems, including St Fillans (12 miles) Comrie (7 miles) and Killin (26 miles)
However, you don’t have to travel far from Alpine Cottage to experience one of Scotland’s top inland course’s, Crieff Golf Club.
Experience where Jamie was born and bred at Castle Leoch (Doune Castle) then take a drive to the breath-taking Castle of Versailles (Drummond Gardens) to walk within the gardens where Jamie and Captain Jack Randell where fatefully re-acquainted. Fast forward a few seasons, 4 miles from Crieff and you will find yourself driving alongside The River Run plantation, home to Jamie’s aunt and Bree’s saviour and protector, Jocastas .(The Abercairny Estate)If you are brave enough, you can even walk through the Mohawk Village by taking a trip to Faskally Forest, Pitlochry.
Crieff is fantastically located to help you reach other Outlander film area such as Fife, Inverness, Glen Coe and more.
During the world famous Hogmany celebrations within the village of Comrie, witness the cleansing of evil spirits in a breathtaking display of history, community, light and fire.
Watch as eight or more flaming torches parade through the streets of Comrie, gathering evil spirits and ill will within their flames before they are tipped into a massive bonfire within the heart of the celebrations. Take a step back, witness the pipe band, the fancy dress competition and the good old Scottish Hogmany cheer before watching the Flambeaux rise from the bonfire and continue their journey to Dalginross Bridge where they are thrown over, having cleansed the village for the start of a new year.
Glen Turret is Crieff’s 5 star visitor attraction and is also Scotland’s oldest
distillery dating back to 1763, still making Scotch Whisky the traditional way.