This first set of photographs show the town of Crieff and its surrounding countryside in the wide valley, known as Strathearn, through which the River Earn flows from Loch Earn. Crieff was, in the 17th century, like the crossroads of Scotland as cattle drovers brought their herds here from north, east and west to sell to the buyers from the south. Some years there would be as many as 30,000 cattle grazing in and around the town at the fair, held in the second week of October. To commemorate all this some local people have organised a week of activities, called the Drovers Tryst, one of which is a mountain bike race called "The Hairy Coo".
A few miles farther up Strathearn we reached Loch Earn and the picturesque village of St Fillans, which is a popular holiday spot with sailing on the loch a favourite pastime.