Walk in a winter wonderland

Scots are being invited to step out with the Ramblers during its free, annual Festival of Winter Walks - exploring Scotland at its wintry best.

Throughout the country Ramblers Scotland groups will be leading many free walks from Saturday December 19 until Sunday January 3.

From short festive strolls to blow away the cobwebs, to heartier rambles to burn off the Christmas indulgence and kick-start new year’s resolutions, there’s something for everyone in Scotland to enjoy.

Ramblers Scotland director, Jess Dolan said: “Winter is one of the best times to go out for a walk. There’s something truly magical about putting on your hat and gloves, heading out with your loved ones and perhaps even being the first person to leave footprints in the snow.

“Our popular Festival of Winter Walks is our Christmas gift to the nation, so that everyone can enjoy the wonders of a winter walk.

“Our walks during the festival are free, fun, friendly and open to everyone, so wrap up warm and join us as we enjoy the season the way we know best, on our feet.”

The Ramblers have plenty to offer those who are keen to get out of that sofa and start exploring the beautiful country that is Scotland.

There are plenty of shorter walks on offer throughout the Festival of Winter Walks too. People can download the Medal Routes App to find over 550 short walks across Scotland and have fun creating your own short walks. Or download a walk from Ramblers Routes, an online library of Britain’s best walks, and head out on a winter wander with family and friends. There are hundreds of routes for everyone to enjoy.

Jess added: “The Festival of Winter Walks is free and open to everyone, but anyone who gets the walking bug can visit www.ramblers.org.uk/become-a-member to find out more about becoming a Ramblers member. Our members enjoy access to over 45,000 group walks led by our volunteers each year, as well as exclusive walking routes that can be downloaded and quarterly editions of Walk magazine. Your membership will also be helping to protect the country’s footpaths for generations to come.”

For further information about the Festival of Winter Walks and to browse the festive walks or routes on offer , or if you would like to become a member of The Ramblers in Scotland, visit www.ramblers.org.uk/winterwalks.