Exciting events for walking festival

This year’s Angus Glens Walking Festival looks set to be the most popular yet, with places filling up fast.

The festival, which runs from Thursday, May 31 and Sunday, June 3 offers participants a wide range of 28 walks, ranging from walks for all abilities through country parks, to strenuous ‘Munro bagging’ in the heart of the Angus Glens.

However, the festival, which is organised by Angus Council’s economic development unit, offers much more than just walking. There is also a programme of interesting and enjoyable evening events which covers every night of the festival.

On Thursday, there will be an interesting talk on the wildlife of the Galapagos Islands by Graham Christer, one of Angus Council’s countryside rangers. Graham very much enjoyed his travels to the Islands and is looking forward to sharing his experiences of the flora and fauna there with the walkers.

Friday sees the return of a popular event which was launched last year – the Taste of Angus evening. This year, the event is being held in the picturesque surroundings of the Strathmore Arms in Glamis.

Walkers will be served a tasty meal of excellent local produce, and will be treated to entertainment by local singer Mark Masson, accompanied by Ian Ramsay. Angus’ own Rev I. M. Jolly will also be on hand to express his ‘cheerful’ view of the world.

The ever-popular ceilidh is back on Saturday evening. This year’s venue is Memus Village Hall, where walkers can tuck in to the BBQ and dance the night away with the Rosely Ceilidh Band.

“People come from all over the UK and beyond to take part in the festival,” said Tom McGrath, chair of the Angus Glens Walking Festival. “Some come back year after year to meet up with friends old and new. The evening events give the walkers a chance to meet up, have a chat, enjoy good food and some great local entertainment. They are an essential part of the walking festival experience!”

Tom continues: “The walking festival is proving to be particularly popular this year, with some walks already fully booked. Anyone wishing to take part in the festival should book their walks and evening entertainment places as soon as possible, to avoid disappointment. We really enjoy organising the festival, and obviously the walkers enjoy taking part!”

To book your walk and evening events places on the Angus Glens Walking Festival, visit www.angusahead.com/walkingfestival, or call the VisitScotland Information Centre on 01382 527527.