Festival set to walk into record territory

Record numbers of people are expected to take part in Scotland’s biggest walking festival in the Borders.

More than 500 have signed up for the 19th Scottish Borders Walking Festival in and around Innerleithen, Walkerburn and Clovenfords, starting on Sunday.

One of the organisers, James Macfarlane, said: “We hope to provide an enjoyable week for hillwalking enthusiasts and introduce the benefits of hillwalking to those who haven’t tried it. We will also be attracting hundreds of visitors from across the UK, Europe and further afield.”

The seven-day festival features 36 events, including foraging, photography and day-long hikes, and walks ranging from short 30-minute outings to the longest at around 13 miles.

Non-walking events include a talk on Borderer Robert Mathison who founded the Innerleithen Alpine Club in 1889, a visit to Robert Smail’s Printing Works, a talk by Caleb’s List author Kellan MacInnes, who climbed the 20 hills on the Victorian mountaineer’s list, a Traquair Brewery tour and ale tasting, a nature trail and printing for children, and a ceilidh.

Event organiser George Brown said:“The area offers stunning scenery where visitors can discover its rich history and culture. The Tweed Valley is already famous for mountain biking and the hills and scenery are an ideal setting for the festival”.

For more information visit www.borderswalking.com