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Forest hikes a feature of festival

Posted 14 September 2011
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Forest hikes a feature of festival
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Forest walks will be a central feature of an outdoors festival starting this coming weekend in the Cairngorms National Park.

The Active Aboyne Festival runs from September 17th to 25th and forestry experts varying from the Aberdeenshire Council and the Glen Tanar Charitable Trust Ranger Services will be leading walks as the event marks International Year of the Forest.

Walking boots and outdoor jackets may be very handy, as some of the walks will be lengthy and involve hill climbs.

There will also be opportunities to discover local wildlife from fungi to red squirrels, as well as a chance to get out Ordnance Survey maps and brush up on navigational skills.

The Aboyne Area covers Royal Deeside, famous for various kings in days of the Highland clans centuries ago, as well as the present day royals at Balmoral.

But it is also a centre for mountain bikers, walkers and climbers, with mountains nearby including Munros such as Lochnagar, Glas Maol, Tolmount and Tom Buidhe.