Ballater strides forward

The walking programme will allow people to explore the scenic beauty of Ballater and the surrounding area.
The walking programme will allow people to explore the scenic beauty of Ballater and the surrounding area.

A programme of walking events will highlight how Upper Deeside is continuing to recover from the impact of Storm Frank.

Walk About Ballater 2016 is taking place from May 23-27 and will offer the chance to explore scenic Ballater and its surrounding landscape.

Local volunteers will lead each event, giving visitors access to an abundance of in-depth knowledge about the area and its history.

Taking place over five days, each of the five events venture deep into the heart of Royal Deeside entirely on foot. The outings will allow visitors to explore some of the Royal Family’s favourite locations when they holiday in the area.

John Burrows, of Walk About Ballater 2016, said that the series of walking events will allow people of all ages and capabilities to experience the area and all of its natural beauty by foot.

He added: “Ballater is set in such beautiful surroundings and the only way you can truly get a feel for the area is by walking through it. Five walks have been organised, with the first starting on Monday, May 23.

“Each day will bring a different location, distance and ascent.”

Richard Watts, of Ballater Business Association, said: “Walk About Ballater is the perfect way to kick start our summer tourist season, the walks are a reminder of exactly why visitors return to Ballater year after year.

“Organisers have been working extremely hard planning the perfect walking routes which will showcase the very best of what this area has to offer.

“It’s wonderful to see locals get involved by volunteering their time to lead walks and provide background information about Ballater to visitors.

“The community spirit which has been shown throughout this year is proving that the only way is forward for Ballater.”

The first scheduled walk is set to take participants on an 11-mile circular route starting from Ballater through the Glenmuick estates.

This route is expected to take five-and-a-half hours and will pass the old curling ponds, as well as the Royal Bridge.

More information is available from www.visitballater.com