Angus Glens Walking Festival

THIS year’s Angus Glens Walking Festival looks set to be the most popular yet, with places filling up fast.

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

However, the festival, which is organised by Angus Council’s economic development unit, offers much more than just walking. There is also a programme of interesting and enjoyable evening events which covers every night of the festival.

On the Thursday, there will be an interesting talk on the wildlife of the Galapagos Islands by Graham Christer, one of Angus Council’s countryside rangers. Graham very much enjoyed his travels to the islands and is looking forward to sharing his experiences of the flora and fauna there with the walkers.

The Friday sees the return of a popular event which was launched last year – the ‘Taste of Angus’ evening. This year, the event is being held 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. The county’s 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 the Saturday evening. 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.

To book your walk and evening events places visit www.angusahead.com/walkingfestival, or call the VisitScotland Information Centre on 01382 527527.