Up and down the length of the country waterproofs are being dug out, bags are being packed and sandwiches are being made. Walking groups around Scotland are encouraging everyone to get their boots on and head to the hills.
With more walking festivals than you can shake a stick at, you might be spoiled for choice. Events from Caithness to Irvine and Aviemore to Galloway have been planned by various organisations right through spring and summer.
Whether you're an old hand or a complete beginner, the festivals can help you to get best out of walking. It can be great opportunity to meet fellow walkers, make new friends and discover new routes.
Walking boots may well be swapped for dancing shoes as many events offer evening entertainment. The Angus Glen Festival guarantees that even the most foot-sore of walkers will be on the dance floor at their traditional ceilidh, and the Reivers Festival in the Scottish Borders will be offering an array of entertainment throughout their week long celebration.
Walking festivals let you stretch your legs and get some exercise whilst enjoying Scotland's diverse landscape and wildlife. Mountain guides are at hand to offer advice and help you to discover some of the hidden treasures on the hills and glens.
Discover walking festivals and events online in your area in our outdoors events guide.
Page first published on Thursday 7th May 2009
Page last updated on Thursday 7th May 2009