Midnight walk up Ben Rinnes – Sunday 19 th June at Midnight Moray Walking Festival – interested ?

The Moray Walking Festival Midsummer 2016 – For the past few years I have helped the Moray Walking Festival with a walk this year will be different!


Welcome to Walking in Scotland’s Malt Whisky Country. Thursday 16 June to Sunday 26 June 2016    

Let the Moray Walking and Outdoor Festival take you on an adventure in 2016. Enjoy long Midsummer days exploring Moray’s world renowned golden coasts, hills and forests full of hidden fauna and flora, whisky coloured rivers and towns with stories to tell and culture to experience.
There’s something for everyone – guided walks, talks and events along side outdoor activities and walking challenges.
So, whether it’s a big outdoor challenge or a gentle amble, the Moray Walking and Outdoor Festival welcomes you. The full programme of events will be launched in April 2016.  The events programme will be accessible on line through this website. This year the festival will again be hosting the Moray Way 5-Day Challenge.



Sunday 19 June to Monday Morning(If weather is an issue then this event will be held on Monday 20 June.)

Midsummer Sunrise Summit on Ben Rinnes
Meet at 12 midnight
Approx 4hrs

Join Alan Rowan the Midnight Mountaineer and former RAF mountain rescue team leader David “Heavy” Whalley for a midsummer trip to the summit of Ben Rennis where hopefully a sunrise will been seen in with a drop of Benrinnes whisky. This is a wonderful opportunity to walk & talk with two very experienced walkers to have many tales to amuse you to the top and safely back down too! On a good day eight counties can be seen, ranging from the Moray Firth to the hills of Sutherland, the Cairngorms and Monadhliaths. A welcoming tea & coffee and breakfast rolls will be served at the bottom.



Notes: Dogs are welcome on the walk but must be kept on the lead at all times. Basic walking gear is essential , boots, warm jacket, waterproofs, gloves, hat, sunscreen and please bring a snack and a drink. There may be an opportunity for transport from Elgin. If you are interested in this service, please contact the event provider


Meet & End Point: NJ 2852435956 Car Park
Duration: 4 hrs approx

Distance: 7.5k approx
Difficulty: 4 = moderate to strenuous


Moonwalker is a unique story, the memoir of a man whose love of Scotland’s mountains would override his body-clock and all conventional notions of health and safety. When Alan Rowan finished his shifts as a sub-editor at a national newspaper at midnight, he knew he was too jacked up on deadline adrenaline to attempt sleep. At the same time, he was starting to worry if he would ever complete his ambition to reach the summit of every Munro in Scotland those peaks of over 3000ft. One crazy night, he decided upon a single solution to both problems. He would begin his ascents in the middle of the night, see the sun rise above the clouds and then come down the mountain just as everyone else was going up. We see Alan’s transformation from desk jockey to midnight mountaineer, meet dodgy car salesmen, rabid sheepdogs, charging deer, superstitious Germans and crooked confectioners – all the while seeing the best of Scotland in a unique light. Moonwalker is funny and touching; at once a deeply personal memoir and a riotous travelogue.

About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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