The Moray Walking Festival starts today and it is worth a look on their website http://www.moraywalkingfestival.co.uk/ if you want a change of direction? There is a lecture tonight in Elgin by a Allan Rowan in the Drouthy Cobbler Elgin at 1900 on his adventures in the mountains. It will be a great night see the website for information.
Join us for the Festival opening talk : “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”. Alan is a mountain fanatic and has climbed the Munros three times, the Corbetts and all the 3000-foot peaks in England, Ireland and Wales, many of them during the wee, small hours. He is currently halfway into a fourth round of Munros as well as ticking off the Grahams and the Donalds.
His new book, A Mountain Before Breakfast, will be on sale later in the year.
Many will know I do a short walk for the Moray Walking Festival and this year it will be with Allan a Midsummer Sunrise Summit on Ben Rinnes – Meet at 12 midnight Sunday 19 June to Monday Morning (If weather is an issue then this event will be held on Monday 20 June.)
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 RhInnes where hopefully a sunrise will been seen in with a drop of Ben Rinnes 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 interetsed 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 – book through the website the weather will be good?
The Moray Walking Festival Midsummer 2016
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.