Glens Walking Festival 2012

THE HIGHLY successful Angus Glens Walking Festival has launched its online booking service for the 2012 event.

Celebrating its 10th year, the four-day walking festival offers a packed programme of 28 walks as well as three evenings of top food, music and entertainment.

The festival runs from Thursday, May 31 to Sunday, June 3, and there is a wide choice of walks to suit walkers of all levels of fitness and ability.

In past years, the festival has proved extremely popular, with many walkers booking their places within days of the online booking launch. Places are limited so you are advised to book early.

Tom McGrath, chairman of the Festival said: “I believe The Angus Glens Walking Festival has grown over the years because of the fantastic range of walks we offer. Some of our walks, such as Jock’s Road and Airlie Ridge are very popular and appear in the programme every year. However, we always like to introduce new walks. This year one of our new walks, Eagle Watch, gives you a chance to see breeding golden eagles as they search for prey for their young, an excellent opportunity to see these majestic birds in their natural environment.”

Tom continued: ‘We always try to have a very balanced programme, with extremely strenuous hikes for fit, adventurous walkers, and moderate walks for those who like to take it easy. We also have an all-abilities walk on each day of the festival, all of which are wheelchair accessible. What all our walks have in common is that they take place in beautiful countryside, and are guided by experienced mountain leaders and countryside rangers who can answer any questions you have about your surroundings.”

The programme of evening events is also very popular. On the Thursday there is a talk on the wildlife of the Galapagos Islands by an Angus Countryside Ranger, followed by supper.

The Taste of Angus event returns on Friday, giving walkers the chance to sample the best in local food and entertainment. And on Saturday the-ever popular ceilidh supper gives walkers the opportunity to dance the night away.

To find out more and book your place on the Angus Glens Walking Festival, visit www.angusahead.com/walkingfestival, or call the VisitScotland Information Centre in Dundee on 01382 527527.