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Family and group activities in October and November 2005


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Crieff & Strathearn Drovers' Tryst Fri 7th Crieff, Meadow Inn 9.00 pm to 12.30 am Live Music - Crieff & Strathearn Drovers' Tryst Event A pre-Tryst live music event - Admission Free

Sat 8th Buchanty Bridge Car Park 10.30 am to 2.00 pm Cycle Ride along the River Almond - Crieff & Strathearn Drovers' Tryst Event (tel. 01764 652578) Booking essential - More details available Cycle Ride along the banks of the River Almond. Mainly on quiet roads with plenty to see on the way. Our intention is to show those taking part something of the wealth of cycling routes in this part of Perthshire. A ride of approximately 21 miles (34 km), with a short section on rolling rather than hilly roads.

Sat 8th Crieff, Strathearn Gallery 11.00 am Exhibition of Local Art - Crieff & Strathearn Drovers' Tryst Event (tel. 01764 652578) Enjoy the opening of the new exhibition with paintings by Local Artists. Complementary glass of wine served.

Sat 8th Crieff, James Square 11.30 am Pipe Band Procession and Official Opening - Crieff & Strathearn Drovers' Tryst Event (tel. 01764 652578) Follow the Pipe Band Procession from James Square to the Crieff Visitor Centre and enjoy the official opening of the Drover's Tryst by Irvine Butterfield, one of the televised 'drovers' of 1981, then head off for the first walk of the festival.

Sat 8th Crieff, Visitor Centre 12 noon to 4.00 pm North Men Re-enactment - Crieff & Strathearn Drovers' Tryst Event (tel. 01764 652578) Re-enactment of 18th Century Crieff life.

Sat 8th Crieff Visitor Centre 12.15 pm to 5.00 pm Walk - Medium - Knock Mary and Strowan Circular - Crieff & Strathearn Drovers' Tryst Event (tel. 01764 652578) Booking essential - More details available Join the procession from James Square, Crieff at 11.30, and hear Irvine Butterfield open the Festival. A lovely walk giving a good introduction to the area. Passing Alichmore, Knock Mary then the Balloch Road to Strowan where we visit the site of original Tryst before the Cross was removed to Crieff. Then a quick visit to the old Strowan Church with a short but interesting history of it. On to Baird Monument (good story here!), returning to Crieff via Laggan Hill and Lady Mary's Walk. Finishing point Visitor Centre

Sat 8th The Linn car park (Water of Ruchil) 12.45 pm to 3.30 pm Walk - Easy - Dalrannoch Ramble - Crieff & Strathearn Drovers' Tryst Event (tel. 01764 652578) Booking essential - More details available Join the procession from James Square, Crieff at 11.30, and hear Irvine Butterfield open the Festival. Then, with own transport proceed to the Linn. Glen Artney in autumn is stunningly beautiful. Set under Ben Halton, we'll see the tips of 3 local Munros, and panoramic views down Strathearn. Setting off along an easy track by Dalrannoch, we'll climb 160m and then head east along the undulating ridge. If lucky, we may see red deer and spectacular red kites preparing for winter.

Sat 8th Crieff, Bennybeg Car Park 1.00 pm to 2.00 pm Walk - Easy - Bennybeg Birding - Crieff & Strathearn Drovers' Tryst Event (tel. 01764 652578) Booking essential - More details available Join the procession from James Square, Crieff at 11.30, and hear Irvine Butterfield open the Festival. Then, with own transport, proceed to Bennybeg. A short walk suitable for all users to discover why Bennybeg is such a great place for birds

Sat 8th Crieff, British Legion 8.00 pm Live Music - Live Folk music with Gaberlunzie - Crieff & Strathearn Drovers' Tryst Event (tel. 01764 652578) Gaberlunzie, a world-renowned Scottish folk band, performing at the British Legion. 8pm. Bar available. Ticket price of 10, booked by contacting the Crieff Tourist Information Centre on 01764 652578

Sun 9th East Crieffvechter Farm, off the minor road Crieff to Madderty 10.30 am to 12.30 pm Guided Horse Ride - In the footsteps of the Witch - Crieff & Strathearn Drovers' Tryst Event (tel. 01764 652578) Booking essential - More details available A ride of about 10 miles in length taking place over roads and tracks and side roads incorporating The Knock of Crieff, Abercairny Estate and surrounding countryside. As various key locations on the ride the ride leader will tell the story of The Crieff Witch Kate McNiven - describing the story of The Witch's Ring. Through woodland and over hill this ride will offer some of the most stunning views of Strathearn

Sun 9th Blair Atholl Car Park 10.15 am to 3.15 pm Walk - Medium - Autumn Gold at Blair Atholl - Crieff & Strathearn Drovers' Tryst Event (tel. 01764 652578) Booking essential - More details available The Strathearn Ramblers invite you to join them in 7.5 mile stroll through Blair Castle Estate along the banks of the River Tilt and the River Banvie. A pleasant walk mostly through woodlands with good tracks rising to a viewpoint with an ascent of 936 ft/285 metres. Note there are no toilets at the start but there are public toilets in the centre of Blair Atholl .

Sun 9th Crieff, British Legion 8.00 pm to 11.00 pm Quiz Night - Crieff & Strathearn Drovers' Tryst Event (tel. 01764 652578) Test both your general and walking knowledge at the Crieff Residents' Association Quiz Night. 8pm - 11pm, at the British Legion with a bar available. 5 per team (maximum of 4 members in a team). Book your team with Mark Philp on 01764 655061 or by email: bookings@galvelbeghouse.co.uk, or come on the night and join in a team.

Mon 10th Crieff, Taylor Park Car Park 10.00 am to 12.00 noon Walk - Easy - Trees Galore - Crieff & Strathearn Drovers' Tryst Event (tel. 01764 652578) Booking essential - More details available Trees Galore at Macrosty & Taylor Park. Learn about the diversity of trees in Crieff's beautiful Victorian parks

Mon 10th Crieff Visitor Centre 10.00 am to 2.00 pm Walk - Medium - Comrie to Crieff - Crieff & Strathearn Drovers' Tryst Event (tel. 01764 652578) Booking essential - More details available Discover the delights of oak woodland and juniper on the way up Torlum hill followed by a relaxing walk down to Crieff via Knock Mary. Finish off with a hot drink at Crieff Visitors' Centre

Mon 10th Crieff, P McD Glass Studio 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm Paperweight making demonstration - Crieff & Strathearn Drovers' Tryst Event (tel. 01764 652578) Come and see how this complex craft is made into an ornate art form

Mon 10th Crieff, Knock of Crieff Car Park 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm Orienteering - On the Knock of Crieff - Crieff & Strathearn Drovers' Tryst Event (tel. 01764 652578) Booking essential - More details available Explore the beautiful mixed woodland on the Knock while using a map to follow an easy short or long route between markers. Discover stunning views of Glen Turret and the Earn valleyin teams of 2-3 people.

Mon 10th Comrie Croft 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm Walk - Easy - Rumours of Romans - Crieff & Strathearn Drovers' Tryst Event (tel. 01764 652578) Booking essential - More details available Did the Romans settle in Upper Strathearn? What is the history of the land under our feet? This walk, suitable for the whole family, will explore a beautiful but little known area of upper Strathearn in search of the stories behind the landscape we see today

Mon 10th Crieff, James Square 8.00 pm to 9.00 pm Ghosts and Ghouls tour - Crieff & Strathearn Drovers' Tryst Event (tel. 01764 652578) A walking tour of Crieff, performed by the Crieff Drama Group. 8pm at James Square, Crieff. Concludes around 9pm at the Haggis 'n' Sporran, at the Crieff Hotel with a complementary drink. Wear warm clothing. Tickets at 2.50 to be booked through Martin Dew at the Crieff Hotel on: 01764 652632 or email: customerservices@crieff-hotel.com

Mon 10th Muthill, The Village Inn from 8.00 pm Live Music - Crieff & Strathearn Drovers' Tryst Event (tel. 01764 652578) Mama's live music at The Village Inn in Muthill from 8pm with Fraser Speirs & Adrian Byron Burns performing. Tickets are 6 (in advance) or 7 (on the door) You can pre-book by e-mailing: music@mamas.org.uk.

Tues 11th Bennybeg 10.00 am to 12.00 noon 1.00 am to 3.00 pm Climbing for Families - Crieff & Strathearn Drovers' Tryst Event (tel. 01764 652578) Booking essential - More details available Try climbing for the first time at this small, usually sunny crag minutes from the road. If the weather permits we may travel to Glen Lednock for climbs in a mountain setting. Climbing helmets and harnesses ropes and other necessary equipment will be available. This is an introduction to climbing with top-roping on a small 30ft crag. Children and adults can participate and they need to be reasonably fit to gain the most from the day.

Tues 11th Comrie, School Car Park 10.00 am to 1.30 pm Walk - Easy - Comrie Woods & the Melville Monument - Crieff & Strathearn Drovers' Tryst Event (tel. 01764 652578) Booking essential - More details available A beautiful autumnal walk through mixed woodland, on tracks mostly, visiting the Melville Monument by an easy route. On a clear day, from the Monument you can see Loch Earn to the West and Crieff to the East.

Tues 11th Lochearnhead 11.00 am to 4.00 pm Walk - Medium - Having a right good Ogle - Crieff & Strathearn Drovers' Tryst Event (tel. 01764 652578) & National Park Event Booking essential - More details available This spectacular Glen has been a main route since the 'Stone Age'. History absolutely oozes out of the rocks and each turn of a corner springs a new surprise. Enjoy the views, the wildlife and the culture - You'll really understand why this is known as the 'Terrific Glen'.

Tues 11th Crieff, P McD Glass Studio 1.00 to 3.00 pm Paperweight making demonstration - Crieff & Strathearn Drovers' Tryst Event (tel. 01764 652578) Come and see how this complex craft is made into an ornate art form

Tues 11th Crieff Hotel 7.30 pm to 10.30 pm The Story of Strathearn - Crieff & Strathearn Drovers' Tryst Event (tel. 01764 652578) a talk by Colin Mayall, a local historian and genealogist, tells the tale of this ancient land. Not just a history, this is an account, both serious and amusing of its people and places. This is followed by a talk on mapping by Dave Cottingham of Ordnance Survey. 7.30pm - 10.30 at the Crieff Hotel. Bar available. Admission Free.

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