Guided Glenesk tour to be held in September

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There are plenty of gripping stories about the churches in Glenesk and on Sunday, September 9 there’s a wonderful chance to visit all four of them and be immersed in their history. Guided by local historians Agnes and Gilbert Lowden, explorers will enjoy a true Glenesk welcome, enjoying a fascinating history tour followed by refreshments and home baking at the unique Glenesk Folk Museum.

Tickets cost £5 each, with children free, and includes tour and refreshments and entrance to the museum. Participants will be gifted a souvenir booklet, produced by the Lowdens, covering many rich details of the history of Glenesk’s churches. The event is part of Angus Council’s Heritage Week.

The tour starts at 1pm on Sunday, September 9, at the Retreat, home to the Glenesk Folk Museum, nine miles up Glenesk, off the B966 Fettercairn to Edzell. Cars will then be guided to all four churches- Maule Memorial, St Drostans, New Lochlee at Invermark. Vehicles will also have access to the beautiful ruins of Old Lochlee on the banks of the loch. At 3.30pm cars will return to The Retreat for refreshments and a chance to share ideas and information and to ask Gilbert and Agnes Lowden further questions.

All proceeds from this event will go towards the development of a new agricultural display of working life in the glen, a long awaited project starting this month with support from Museums and Galleries Scotland which will once more see the superb stables at the Glenesk Retreat open to the public.

Agnes and Gilbert Lowden, volunteers at the folk museum, have spent decades immersed in Glenesk’s engrossing history and are valued members of the small museum working group. There’s drama and humour as well as quiet contemplation in the four Glenesk churches, of which three are still in use. From the drama of Culloden and ‘Balnamoon’s cave’, the marquis of Montrose and the poetry of Alexander Ross, stories of burnings and treachery, humour and heroism, match forlorn funerals and lively festivities.

Anges said: “We have plenty of stories to share and we are looking forward to hearing what visitors offer too. For more information and to book tickets phone 01356 670 242 or 01356 670 304. We will have to limit numbers, so please book in advance.”