Around 200 bound for triple Speyside challenge

Craigellachie Bridge - 'The Walk' participants will be piped over.
Craigellachie Bridge – ‘The Walk’ participants will be piped over. (Pic: Gareth Matthews)

AROUND 200 PEOPLE are set to embark along one of the most scenic walking routes in the country – and raise much needed funding for local charities while they are doing so.

‘The Walk’ is taking place along the Speyside Way this Sunday and was organised to replace the highly successful Kiltwalk events, which will not be held this year.

Starting out at Buckie, several participants will make their way along the full 26-mile distance, while others take on the shorter but still tough 16 mile route that begins in Fochabers. Still more will take on the more family-friendly 2.5mile route from Craigellachie – with all three walks ending at the Alice Littler Park in Aberlour.

Walkers will be raising funds for their chosen children’s charities or local causes such as Keane’s Stars, the Aila Coull Foundation, Cardiac Risk in the Youth (CRY) and Logan’s Fund.

Logan’s Fund chairman Cameron Mackintosh said: “The family walk from Craigellachie is sure to prove popular with a piper leading the way off the iconic Telford Bridge at the start of the route.

“Craigellachie Village Council are hosting a pre-walk ‘Party in the Park’ from 1.45pm in the village play park – that is open to all to come along and enjoy.

“The Family Walk starts out at 3pm and again all are welcome to come and walk the short distance to Aberlour, regardless if it is to raise a few pounds or just for fun. We hop the short walk will attract a good attendance to come along and enjoy the efforts of the village council.”

Those attending are asked to note there is limited parking around the play park area so parking is advised at the village hall or Fiddichside Park.

Cameron added: “All three walks should merge into one on the day and will end in front of the Aberlour Visitor Centre and Tearooms, which will be open for refreshments.

“Hot food catering will also be available at the end and local ice cream shop Aye Candy are offering 50% discount for walkers.

“For those who need something stronger to numb the pain of sore feet Ted Christopher will be playing live music at the after party in the Mash Tun.

“The Walk has received some great support, we probably wouldn’t have been able to progress the event beyond the planning stage without funding from TSI Moray.”