Festival places filling up fast

PLACES are filling up fast for this year’s Angus Glens Walking Festival, which begins at the end of this month.

There are, however, still plenty of routes to choose from to suit all tastes and abilities. For those with some experience of hillwalking, Airlie Ridge offers a strenuous walk on Thursday, May 31.

The route 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 9th Earl of Airlie.

It then joins the Minister’s Path and ends at the Glen Clova Hotel for a refreshments.

On Saturday, June 2, there will be a moderate walk from Meams Hill to Kirriemuir which will take in a variety of habitats including moorland, farmland, woodland and marsh with plenty of scope for spotting wildlife. The route also enjoys views across Strathmore and north to the foothills of the Cairngorm Mountains.

For walkers seeking a challenge, Loch Brandy and Loch Wharral is a very strenuous walk which will take place on Sunday, June 3. This will ascend steeply to Loch Wharral and pass above Loch Brandy before descending into Glen Clova.

The festival also features a lively programme of evening events 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 Galapagos Islands.

The following evening there is a 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 entertainment from local singer Mark Masson.

The festival’s entertainment highlight will be the ceilidh on Saturday which is this year being held at Memus Village Hall and will feature the Roselea Ceilidh Band. All of the evening events will also be open to non-walkers.

Further details about the festival are available online at www.angusahead.com/walkingfestival where places can also be booked.