New route for popular Deeside walk

Participants in last years CLAN Cancer Support Tartan Trek event are piped off on the walk.
Participants in last years CLAN Cancer Support Tartan Trek event are piped off on the walk.

One of Deeside’s most popular charity walks has a new route as entries for this year’s event officially open.

CLAN Cancer Support’s annual Tartan Trek walk will take place in the grounds of Balmoral Estate on Saturday, May 7, and is set to be the biggest yet.

The Tartan Trek event has really established itself as a key event for CLAN in Deeside

Gemma Powell CLAN Aberdeenshire

The longer trek, a 8.5km walk, follows a new route and will take in several of the historic royal cairns on the estate It will start and finish through the gates of Balmoral Castle.

The shorter route, a 3.5km family-friendly Tartan Toddle, will also include a ‘find CLANCY the mascot’ trail for younger participants as they search for a glimpse of CLAN’s official mascot along the way. It is also fully accessible by wheelchair and pushchair and follows flat, even gravel and tarmac roads.

More than 100 walkers took part last year to raise awareness of the facilities and services that CLAN offers to those affected by cancer alongside raising funds to allow the charity to continue providing support and wellbeing services free to those in the Deeside community.

Gemma Powell, CLAN’s Aberdeenshire area services co-ordinator, said: “The Tartan Trek event has really established itself as a key event for CLAN in Deeside and we’re delighted it is back again this year with a brand new route.

“The shorter Tartan Toddle event is designed to encourage those who would like to participate in the event to come along and take their time, enjoy the beautiful scenery while enjoying some gentle exercise and supporting the charity.

“If you could join us on the day, whether it is to help raise awareness or funds for CLAN, we’d be delighted to have you along.”

Entries are open online at www.entrycentral.com/tartantrek or registration forms are available at CLAN’s shop in Ballater or at CLAN House in Aberdeen.

Entry fees are £8 for the Tartan Trek and £6 for the Tartan Toddle. Under 16s are free but must be accompanied by an adult. Sponsorship forms are available on request. No dogs are allowed unfortunately due to sensitive ground-nesting birds.

For further information, contact CLAN Cancer Support in Ballater on 01339 756318 or email ballater@clanhouse.org