Festival goes the extra mile!

PLACES are filling up fast for this year’s Angus Glens Walking Festival, which organisers claim is set to be the most popular yet.

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

Organised by Angus Council’s economic development unit, the event offers much more than just walking and there is also a diverse programme of evening activities covering every night of the festival.

On the Thursday, there will be a talk on the wildlife of the Galapagos Islands by Graham Christer, one of Angus Council’s countryside rangers.

Friday, June 1 will see the return of a popular event which was launched last year – the Taste of Angus evening.

This year, the evening is being hosted 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, June 2. This year’s venue is Memus Village Hall, where walkers can tuck in to a barbecue and dance the night away with the Rosely Ceilidh Band.

Tom Galbraith, festival chairman, said: “People come from all over the UK and beyond to take part in the 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.

“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.”

Places on walks and at evening events can be booked online at www.angusahead.com/walkingfestival or by calling the VisitScotland Information Centre on 01382 527527.