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Midsummer Magic with Ice cream

Date: Friday 21 June, 2019

Event leader: Kath Todd

Price: £10Meet time: 11.10

Estimated finish time: 15.00

Difficulty: Easy PlusGroup size: 9

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Please note: Please bring bus fare or bus pass. Ice cream included. No dogs please.

Booking deadline: 17:00 Thursday 20 June, 2019


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Midsummer Magic with Ice cream

The only event in the festival including ice cream!!!

We’re walking on the Eve of Saint John, which was a time, in old Scotland, linked to the fairy world and the magic associated with wild plants. As we walk, we’ll find many of these plants and hear the stories of Midsummer magic.

We’ve taken the best elements of last year’s evening event and added some extra treats. We’ll look at more sites in Fochabers and round it off with a luxurious ice cream.

This is also a walk showing the magic of hidden history; seeing the secret Catholic chapel of St Nicholas where worship continued when it was wiped out over most of Scotland. We’ll pass where invading armies travelled from the Romans, on through the turbulent times of Scotland’s history. We’ll visit memorials to remarkable people.

We’ll walk into the magic of nature. As we leave the busy road, we’ll connect more with the sounds, sights and smells of Midsummer.  We’ll stop  to do a listening exercise to bring us more in tune with ourselves and our surroundings.

We’ll walk into the magic of finding happiness. Walking is a proven way of improving our mood as well as our physical health.

In Fochabers, we’ll see the magic of the beautiful stained glass of Burne-Jones.

We’ll walk to the ultimate magic of an ice cream sundae. We’ll finish our exploration with an award-winning ice cream sundae or similarly priced item at the famous Fochabers Ice Cream Parlour.

This is a linear walk of about 5.5 miles, using mainly tracks and a few short stretches of quiet roads. We’ll use the public bus to let us make the most of the route.

Where to Meet - Description

Meet at the bus stop southbound in Fochabers Square to take the No 35 to get off at the Mill Hotel at Bridge of Tynet. You can get on before that stop if you wish.
Postcode IV32 7DF. (11.22 Fochabers Square or 11:30 Bridge of Tynet, Check all bus times in case of alteration.)

Remember your bus fare or bus pass, a drink, a sandwich and maybe some midgie cream.

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About the Provider

I am hoping to share my lifetime love of the natural world with you and my more recent fascination with the rich history of the area. I am also professionally involved with the benefits of exercise to people’s physical and mental health and want to encourage others to find ways of managing their well-being.

Money raised will help overseas students at British universities gain experience of our country, people and culture through home visits organised by HOST. See

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