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Walking Events

As the popularity of walking continues to grow, there is an increasing number of walking events to choose from.

Some country parks and national parks have organised nature walks giving visitors the chance to observe wildlife in its natural habitat.

In other locations walking festivals are being held to highlight the opportunities that exist for hiking in the area and provide a focus for a number of related events and activities.

One of these is Cowalfest - the Cowal Walking and Arts Festival, which in 2006 will be in its fourth year.  Cowal is a peninsula in Argyll, in the West Highlands of Scotland, and Dunoon is the main town, easily accessible by ferry from Gourock.

Another popular event is the Newton Stewart Walkfest. It was held from 12-14 May 2006 amidst the magnificent scenery of the Galloway Forest Park, in South-West Scotland (see photo).

And over on the edge of the Eastern Highlands, the Blairgowrie Walking Festival will be held from 29 September - 4 October 2006, providing a wide variety of routes.

If you know of interesting walking events, anywhere around the world, please let us know.

Clatteringshaws Loch, Galloway Forest Park

Clatteringshaws Loch, Galloway Forest Park

COWALFEST – MORE THAN A WALKING FESTIVAL . . .

Cowalfest will be in its fourth year in 2006 and with over 80 walks, is Scotland’s largest walking festival. But it is not just about walking. Geared towards the active lifestyles, enquiring minds and wide ranging interests of life in the 21st century.  Cowalfest is a new eclectic style of festival; offering walking, cycling,  scenery, wildlife, history, heritage, music, arts, crafts and drama all set in the stunningly dramatic scenery of the Cowal Peninsula in Argyll.

The 2006 festival runs from 6th - 15th October.

For information about the festival go to www.cowalwalking.org or email

info @dunoon.visitscotland.com

Photo below: Loch Fyne from Old Castle Lachlan, Cowal

©Russell Bruce

Loch Fyne from Old Castle Lachlan