Borders walking festival

MORE than 500 people have signed up for the Scottish Borders Walking Festival starting on Sunday.

The region’s biggest walking event, now in its 18th year, is backed by South East of Scotland Transport (SEStran) for the second year running and the seven-day event will be based at Eyemouth.

Chairperson of the festival, Eyemouth Provost Jo Pawley said: “We are very excited to be hosting this festival once again. It has been a few years since it was last held here. We have 21 walks planned, for every level of ability, and so far 531 walkers have booked to come. We also have a full weeks-worth of entertainment for the walkers and townsfolk.”

Other entertainment includes a 60s night, film and talent nights and the traditional end of festival ceilidh.

SEStran Chairperson, Councillor Russell Imrie said: “The Scottish Borders Walking Festival is Scotland’s longest-running annual walking event and certainly the biggest of its kind in the south east. It’s also one of the most popular, as the rate of sign-ups for the festival shows”.