Walking festival - something for all

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Walk places are filling up fast for this year’s Angus Glens Walking Festival, which starts on Thursday, May 31.

However, there are still plenty of routes to choose from to suit all tastes and abilities.

For those with some experience of walking in the hills, Airlie Ridge offers a strenuous walk on Thursday, May 31.

The walk follows a path from the Scott Monument (erected in memory of Captain Scott who stayed in the glens before going off to the Antarctic) to the Airlie Monument (erected in memory of the ninth Earl of Airlie). The route joins the Minister’s Path and ends at the Glen Clova Hotel for a well deserved refreshment.

On Saturday, June 2, why not enjoy a moderate walk from Meams Hill to Kirriemuir?

The walk takes in a variety of habitats including moorland, farmland, woodland and marsh so there is plenty of scope for spotting wildlife. You can also enjoy great views across Strathmore and north to the foothills of the Cairngorm Mountains.

If you are looking for a challenge, Loch Brandy and Loch Wharral is a very strenuous walk taking place on Sunday, June 3.

The walk ascends steeply to the beautiful Loch Wharral and then passes above the equally spectacular Loch Brandy before descending into Glen Clova.

Of course there is also a lively programme of evening events as part of the festival, and places are still available at them all.

On the Thursday evening, Angus countryside ranger Graham Christer will give a talk on the flora and fauna of the fascinating Galapagos Islands. On Friday, there is a very special ‘Taste of Angus’ event at the Strathmore Arms in Glamis, where walkers will enjoy a hearty feast of good locally produced food, and be treated to top class entertainment, courtesy of local singer and raconteur Mark Masson.

The highlight of the festival is the ceilidh on the Saturday which is this year being held at Memus Village Hall and features the Roselea Ceilidh band.

Visit www.angusahead.com/walkingfestival for more details and for online booking.