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Get your boots on for Moray Walking & Outdoor Festival

By Alistair Whitfield

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The Moray Walking & Outdoor returns later this month with 15 new activities, ranging from long rambles to gentle ambles.

Discovering Moray.
Discovering Moray.

Taking place from next Friday to Monday, June 24, it set out its stall to include something to interest virtually everyone.

Kath Todd, the Moray Way Association Chair, said: “Our festival is very different from others in the UK because each event has an element connected to it, whether it’s nature, heritage or learning about a landscape or a new skill.

“We can boast a diverse range of local experts, all eager to demonstrate the wonders of Moray and why it’s so special.

“We’re incredibly fortunate to have such a diverse landscape in Moray and our event experts will help you discover things you might otherwise miss.”

Learning something
Learning something

Heritage walks are always quickly booked out during the festival, but there are still spaces available for events hosted by Moray historian and writer Dr John Barrett in Aberlour and Elgin where walkers will learn how the burgh was shaped from medieval times

A few tickets are also left for local historian and guide John Halliday’s walk in Grantown-on-Spey as well as Glenbeg, a small glen nearby with rich history dating back to the Bronze Age.

Additionally, the Kinloss Abbey Trust is hosting a Solstice guided walk around the remains of the largest Cistercian Monastery in the North of Scotland, including the Abbot’s House, which is not usually accessible.

A spokesperson from William Grant & Sons Ltd stated, "We’re thrilled to sponsor the Moray Walking & Outdoor Festival.

“Community events are vital in rural areas, serving as the backbone of local culture and promoting the area’s landscape, heritage, and wildlife in an authentic manner."

All ticket information and a full itinerary can be found at www.moraywalkoutdoorfest.co.uk

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