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The Moray Walking Festival 2014

June 19, 2014 @ 8:00 am - June 23, 2014 @ 5:00 pm

Moray Walking Festival 2014

A walk for all walks of life!
This month Moray Walking Festival, Scotland’s only Midsummer walking festival, is back with a special guest, Cameron McNeish plus walks, talks and events for all ages and abilities. The festival which takes place from 19 – 23 June, has events taking place throughout the region from the foothills of the Cairngorms to Moray’s award winning coast. The festival kicks off on Wednesday 18 June with a pre launch talk, “The Ancient Pinewoods of Scotland – A Traveller’s guide” with Clifton Bain”

Thanks to sponsors, Walkers, Craigdon and Jessops, and funders Arts & Business, the 2014 programme boasts something for everyone, whether it’s a big challenge or a gentle amble! Cameron McNeish, Scotland’s best known walker who is talking at the festival as well leading a walk up Ben Rinnes said “Midsummer in Moray – what could be better? Long days in the sunniest part of Scotland with a choice of great walks from the hills of whisky country to the glorious seascapes and beaches of the Moray Coast Trail. I’m really looking forward to meeting old friends and greeting new ones on my walk up Ben Rinnes and it’ll be great to share some of my own outdoor experiences at my talk in the evening. So come along and join us, it’s going to be another great event. “

As in previous years the voluntary organisation, Moray Way Assoication has brought together community groups, landowners, and walking and environmental organisations to create a Moray wide events programme. The festival gives many community groups an opportunity to promote their organisation’s activities, as well as the ability to generate some valuable income from participation fees. Joan Megson from the Burghead Headland Trust said, “This is the first year that we have taken part in the festival and we feel that a walking event will give a very different view of the area and an occasion for us to show off Burghead’s many layers of history, geology and important points of interest right up to the present day”

Through valuable funding and sponsorship the programme has expanded to include town walks, more culture walks and talks for those who don’t even want to walk. Highlights in this years programme include:

  • Moray Way 5 Day Challenge

An easy ‘park & ride’ system to make it easier for walkers to accomplish the region’s official long distance walking route. Participants receive a Passport to claim free hot drinks from participating cafés & restaurants and stamped at the end of each section as a memento of your challenge. There is also backpacking with baggage transfer options too.


  •  Cameron McNeish Talk

Probably Scotland’s best known walker, Cameron McNeish looks back on some of the television programmes he has made or been involved in over the past 20 years. As he says “ A look behind the cameras, so to speak”


  • Cameron McNeish Walk

Join Cameron McNeish with ex RAF Mountain Rescue leader David Whally MBE. BEM. For a walk & talk to the summit of Ben Rinnes. On a good day eight regions can be seen.


  •  New Cultural Walks & Talks

This year a number of cultural walks and talks have been organized:

  1.  The Ancient Pinewoods of Scotland: A Travellers guide by Clifton Bain – evening talk on the human interventions that have shaped the ancient pinewoods.
  2.  The Murdered Abbot: Kinloss Abby’s Forgotten Past – Cameron Taylor will take you on a journey into the history of Kinloss Abby and it’s mysterious past.
  3.  Castle to Cathedral to Cashmere – a town walk with Heritage Consultant Andrew Wright OBE, on Elgin’s Heritage Trail
  4.  Just Walking – A different view to walking with an evening of performance, talks and interactive events around the theme of walking and art & culture. With British poet Tom Chivers, performer Simone Kenyon and local artist Charis Edwards Wells.
  5.  Sunset Walk with Ian Cameron – Moray’s best known landscape photographer takes you on a walk to improve your photography skills.
  • Wee one’s walk

A treasure trail for under 10’s in the Trail & Treasure in the Oakwood with Earthtime.

As well as sponsorship from Walkers, Craigdon and Jessops, support this year has been kindly received from Arts & Business which have, in particular, supported the development of more art, history and culture related walks. Chief Executive of Arts & Business Scotland, David Watt said: “We are delighted to support Moray Walking Festival as it expands its focus on arts and culture within its programme. “ and “This is a fantastic initiative which explores the diversity of the arts across a number of different genres bringing it to a wider audience and I have no doubt the festival will be a huge success.”

Jim Thomson, Chair of the Moray Way Association who manage the festival said, “We think this year’s programme gives a real feel of Moray’s cultural, natural and historical features – there’s a walk for all walks of life!”

Pre booking is essential for all events and some are booking up fast so please don’t miss out. Further information can be found on www.moraywalkingfestival.co.uk  or email info@moraywalkingfestival.co.uk or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

For further information contact Diane A Smith – 07764615517 / info@moraywalkingfestival.co.uk



June 19, 2014 @ 8:00 am
June 23, 2014 @ 5:00 pm