Beltane Storywalk – Sun 28 April 2024


Come and do some bannock tasting and rolling as a Beltane tradition! We’ll also discover some special stories and nature from this lovely spot in the Cairngorms. This gentle guided adventure over 2.5-3 hours will include wild tea tasting. Suitable for all ages.

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* Permanent resident of Badenoch & Strathspey

Start time: 9.30am
Finish time: 12-12.30pm
Meeting location: Dalfaber, Aviemore; more details provided on booking.

Join this special walk for Là Buidhe Bealltainn, or May Day. There are so many national and local traditions for Bealltainn, one of the seasonal festivals which were so important in a Highlands year. This gentle adventure over 2.5-3 hours will include wild tea tasting, and some bannock rolling! (Bannocks will be provided but you can also bake your own and bring them!)

We’ll explore the woods and trails finding ruins from centuries past, plants and trees and their folklore, creatures great and small, and plenty of hidden gems and untold stories along the way.

We’ll discover kings, spirits, fairy folk, witches and highwaymen – and of course it wouldn’t be complete without resting with a cup of freshly-brewed foraged wild tea… and perhaps a Gaelic song or two.

Suitable for all ages.

*Children of all ages are free if you bring your own bannocks, recipe provided on booking! Just select the ‘Age 4 or under ticket’ for the children’s ticket(s) when booking.*

Covid-19: This walk is fully outdoors with a small group, and we can socially distance if needed.

Description of walk
The walk starts from Aviemore (location will be shared on booking), and is around 2 miles (3km) long. It goes along informal, narrow woodland footpaths which are uneven underfoot (tree roots, mud) and wider, well-surfaced trails. A reasonable level of fitness is required, though we do go slowly.
Unfortunately it is not suitable for prams or wheelchairs.
Dogs are allowed but only if others booked onto the same walk are okay with this. If you want to bring a dog please let me know ahead of booking.

What to wear/bring
Please dress appropriately for the weather! The weather can change quickly, so please bring waterproofs or an extra layer with you just in case. We will stop frequently on the walk so make sure you will be warm enough. Please wear strong, sturdy shoes suitable for uneven paths (no flip-flops!) and a sit pad/mat is a good idea for when we stop for drinks.
Covid-19: Please bring your own cup if you’d like to try the wild tea.

What I will bring
I will bring wild tea, a bag of tricks, and a smile. I will also have a First Aid kit with me just in case!
Covid-19: I will also bring hand sanitiser.

* Permanent resident of Badenoch & Strathspey