Tartan Trek takes over Balmoral

Some of those who took part in CLAN's Tartan Trek.
Some of those who took part in CLAN's Tartan Trek.

Walkers laced up their shoes and wore a flash of tartan recently to take part in a leading North-east cancer charity’s annual Tartan Trek walk.

People of all ages came together to raise funds and awareness for CLAN Cancer Support, competing in either a 3.5km Tartan Toddle and CLANCY trail, or 8.5km Tartan Trek which followed part of the Cairns walk around the Balmoral Estate.

Everyone said they enjoyed the new route and the fine weather was an added bonus

Gemma Powell CLAN

Led off from the gates at Balmoral Castle by members of the Ballater pipe band, the 100 participants enjoyed perfect walking weather and finished the picturesque route by passing Balmoral Castle before making their way to Crathie for some well-earned refreshments.

Now in its seventh year, the event remains a popular evening in the Deeside diary with walkers of all ages and abilities, and aims to raise awareness of the vital services CLAN provides in Deeside to those affected by cancer whilst also raising funds to ensure the charity can continue to provide this free support in the area.

Gemma Powell, CLAN’s Aberdeenshire area services co-ordinator, said: “The feedback from this year’s walk was fantastic – everyone said they enjoyed the new route and the fine weather was an added bonus.

“We are always moved by the number of people that come out in support of CLAN and we would like to thank all the participants, their supporters and our many volunteers who help make the event possible. It was great to see so many walkers take part and enjoy the new route which had fantastic views from all the famous cairns, including towards Lochnagar and the Dee Valley.

“We had to make a change to the route this year due to the white bridge being damaged in the flooding during Storm Frank, so we are glad to hear everyone enjoyed it. It’s always great to see an event the entire family can do and enjoy together – from grandparents to young children – our youngest walker was only four years old.

“CLAN has been building on the services it provides in Deeside and events like this are crucial in ensuring these free support and wellbeing services continue to be provided within the community.”

This year’s longer trek, the 8.5km walk, followed a new route which took in several of the historic royal cairns on the estate. Youngsters also had great fun finding CLAN’s official mascot CLANCY during the shorter 3.5km Tartan Toddle and CLANCY was on hand on the day to support the walkers outside the castle.