The tenth Blairgowrie Walking Festival took place earlier this month and once again proved to be a success.
All but two spaces were taken on the walks, which comprised a walk from Linn of Dee to Glenmore via the Lairig Ghru, a variation of the Spittal of Glenshee to Kirkmichael stretch of the Cateran Trail, and a new link route connecting the Rob Roy Way out of Pitlochry to the Cateran Trail at Kirkmichael.
Organisers of the Blairgowrie Walking Festival were pleased with the event.
Sue Cole, of Blairgowrie and District Next Steps, told the Blairie: “This year’s event has been a great success.
“The Lairig Ghru was undertaken in warm and dry weather, for a change – although the only downside to that was that it encouraged the dreaded midges, with only the occasional breeze to keep them at bay.
“However, this helped keep everyone moving and not hanging around of course!
“This route is one of Scotland’s classics but it does involve significant logistical planning for people to do it on their own so, as a result, this walk was fully booked within weeks of booking going live in April.
“Fantastic views were had of the glens and corries around Braeriach and Cairn Toul and even Aviemore as we came over the high point.
“For some this was a new experience having never negotiated anything similar to the boulder field or Chalamain Gap.
“The trek was completed without injury and at the planned time and a welcome after-walk meal was had at Glenmore Lodge.”
Mrs Cole added that Saturday was another warm and clear day, and the Cateran Trail walk from the Spittal of Glenshee to Enochdhu and on to Kirkmichael was also popular.
Participants visited the Upper Lunch Hut, the site of a ‘tea party’ for Queen Victoria and the “extremely scenic” Falls of Allt Doire nan Eun in Dirnanean Estate.
The final walk of this year’s festival was to Pitlochry, and the group experienced a mixture of weather conditions walking through Ballyoukan Forest, up to the top of An t Sron, through Glen Derby and the southern end of Kindrogan Forest.
On behalf of the organisers, Mrs Cole thanked walking festival assistant leaders Pat Fraser, Hanne Anton and Marjory Carnegie, bus driver Charlie Davidson, and the various land owners whose grounds the walks crossed.
The team behind the event is already considering routes for next year’s festival. For further information visit www.walkingfestival.org