Booking is now open for the wide variety of events being put on as part of this year’s Moray Walking Festival. Enjoy long Midsummer days exploring Moray’s world renowned golden coasts, hills and forests full of hidden fauna and flora, whisky colored rivers and towns with stories to tell and culture to experience. Alongside the more usual guided walks there will be sessions on navigation, animal tracking, white water rafting, evening talks, walking challenges, an endurance races and even a couple of chances to have a go at the growing sport of disc golf.
The festival kicks off on Thursday 18 June with the chance to join David “Heavy” Whalley on a walk up Ben Rinnes and finishes on Sunday 28 June with the chance to take part in the Mighty Moray Drambuster, a canoe, bike, run/hike endurance event. Evening events include a talk on microadventures by Alastair Humphreys in Elgin and an arts night at the Aroma Cafe in Lossiemouth hosted by the Walking Institute.
The festival also co-incides with the 10th anniversary of the Dava Way and you can celebrate by walking the Grantown on Spey to Forres route during the Ghost Train Walk, taking place on mid Summer’s night 20/21 June. There will also be the chance to walk the Moray Way circular route either as a 5 day backpack or using a special bus which will take walkers to each day’s start point and pick them up at the end of the day. For booking details and prices see the Moray Walking Festival website.