Drovers’ Tryst


October 6-13th 2012; for the walks, please meet at the Crieff Visitor Centre.  There are loads of walks although unfortunately a number of them are full up already but there are still some spaces so have a look at the website for more information.



The Drovers’ Tryst website describes the event as:

“The Crieff and Strathearn Drovers’ Tryst, one of Scotland’s premier walking festivals, takes place from 6-13th October, 2012. It celebrates the cattle drovers who made Crieff one of the most important places in Scotland in the 1700s, when the Crieff Tryst was the largest cattle market in the land.

The modern day walk festival offers a great choice of Perthshire walks led by local guides. This year’s programme has more than 35 guided walks, of which two thirds are new to the festival, ranging from high level mountain routes to easier walks with themes including geology, photography and bats!

But the Tryst also offers many other lively and interesting events and activities during the week. There are ghost story and quiz nights, talks by author Ruairidh Maclean and by Professor Charles Withers, a mountain film on Comrie Cinema night, music, stories and poetry from the Gaelic tradition including songs by Margaret Bennett, as well as drama, dancing and even pipes and drums to entertain festival goers.

On the second Saturday of the Drovers’ Tryst walking festival the Hairy Coo Mountain Bike Race offers riders of all abilities a chance to have fun on Comrie Croft’s network of handmade trails.”



Chitterybite  will be playing at the ceilidh on Saturday 13th October. Tickets £10 adults, £5 children (under 5s free) – price includes stovies. Tickets available online at www.droverstryst.com or at Crieff Tourist Office, Comrie Croft or Hansen’s Deli in Comrie.

Galvelbeg House B&B/Self-catering

I think it’s great when a Bed and Breakfast produces a video of their premises so you can have an all-around look at what they have to offer.  When they do, I enjoy sharing it with you as an option for when you’re touring about.  I’m not very familiar with Galvelbeg House but after watching the video, I think it would be lovely to stay there.

It’s situated in Crieff and has views over the Ochil Hills and Strathearn Valley.  The house was built in 1894 and was restored in 1992.  The shops and town centre are close by and you can have the choice of staying in the self-catering accommodation or as a bed and breakfast guest.

The website for Galvelbeg House is http://www.galvelbeghouse.co.uk/.



My sincerest apologies for my lack of posts over the last week.  June has a way of hitting you full on and just when you think you’re heading into summer and it’s time to relax, there seems to be a multitude of things to do.

I thought I would just share a couple of pictures from one of my favorite places in Scotland … and it may have a little to do with the fact that Ewan McGregor is from there but mostly it’s because it has been a place of fond memories for our family.



It has become a tradition to buy some hot sausage rolls and Irn-Bru here when we roll through Crieff, usually on our way to Perth, as was the case when I took this picture.  Even although I was by myself this year, I still stopped in for the usual lunch and was not disappointed.



When I was back this year, I met a lovely lady at the VisitScotland Expo, who works at the Innerpeffray Library which is 5 miles outside of Crieff.  It is the oldest free lending library in Scotland and was founded by David Drummond in 1680, when he made 400 of his family books available to the public.