Getting Active in Aboyne

Fliers for the 2012 Active Aboyne programme are now appearing at key locations throughout Deeside.

The festival starts with a talk entitled ‘Enchanted Island: In Shackleton’s Steps Across South Georgia,’ by well-known mountaineer, Stephen Venables. His talk will be illustrated with photographs - both contemporary and from Shackleton’s era.

Most events will take place in mid-Deeside, between September 15 and 24, but September 27 to 29 will see a walking weekend in the Cairngorms, based at Invereye, Braemar, with a choice of ‘big hill days’ and more modest rambles and evening talks.

There will be opportunities to try new sports (kayaking, sub-aqua, gliding and Nordic walking), and to acquire new skills (map reading and mushroom identification), as well as to join in a range of walks and rambles.

On Sunday, September 16, a variety of events will take place in Glen Tanar, with something for everyone – tasters of Nordic walking and kayaking, activities with the Ranger Service and dog walking! People can also enjoy ‘lunch from Liz’s Larder.’

Events are planned for most evenings – the profits from two evening events will support local groups: those from the adventure film night (which includes a local showing of ‘Strength in Numbers’) on Saturday, September 15, will go to Aboyne Mountain Bike Park, and profits from Mario Di Maio’s talk ‘Don’t go home by accident’ on Monday, September 17, to Aberdeen Mountain Rescue Team.

For further details, visit http://www.activeaboyne.co.uk, or for details of particular events, call (013398) 85222 (Monday to Friday, mornings only).