Ghost Towns - deserted settlements in Strathavon
Date: Sunday 24 June, 2018
Event leader: Dr John Barrett for Moray Way Association
Price: £12Meet time: 10:15
Estimated finish time: 17:00
Difficulty: Moderate PlusGroup size: 15
Distance: 11 miles (18km)
Dr John Barrett, professional archivist and archaeologist, a freelance writer and independent researcher will lead this popular walk from last year which explores the lost towns of the Strathavon area.
The walk will take a full day to explore a historic landscape in Strathavon. Until the first decades of the nineteenth century, this area was densely populated with townships and supported a thriving economy based upon cattle-rearing and whisky manufacture. Settlement and farming practice was radically altered by Improvement (during the period 1760 – 1840) – and also by subsequent use of the land for sporting purposes. However fascinating remains of early modern townships can still be seen. The walk will explore and explain these remains of a lost culture.
Bring walking-boots, waterproofs, camera, binoculars, packed lunch, drinks (OS Explorer map number 404 ‘Braemar, Tomintoul & Glen Avon’).
The walk is mostly on estate tracks and grass – a couple of small streams to cross and a couple of fences to negotiate.
Last year participants said of this walk:
“John Barrett was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. would certainly recommend the walk to others”
“John Barret was exceptionally knowledgeable”
Where to Meet
Meet at the car park in Tomintoul. The car park is just to the south of the main square and is clearly marked. Look out for the Old Firestation cafe.
Grid. Ref. NJ168187 Post Code AB37 9EX
About the Provider
The Moray Way Association was founded in 2011 with the aim of creating Moray’s long distance walking route, The Moray Way, a 100-mile circular walking trail. Since 2012 the organisation has also organised the Moray Walking & Outdoor Festival with the purpose of encouraging walking and other outdoor pursuits in Moray.
The Moray Way Association is now a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO), Scottish Charity number SC047381.
Money raised from this event will support the development of the Moray Way and the Moray Walking & Outdoor Festival.
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