Wednesday 24 August 2011

Tomintoul & Glenlivet Walking Festival 2011

Tomintoul and Glenlivet lie on the eastern edge of the Cairngorms, an area less visited than Strathspey and Deeside but one with a wealth of fine scenery and good walking. From the 8th to 12th September the Tomintoul and Glenlivet Walking Festival is being held here, based in Tomintoul, the highest village in the Highlands. Over the five days ten guided hill walks are on offer, including several Munros as well as lower hills, plus easier, lower level walks. On the 11th September I will be leading a walk up Ben Avon from Inchrory in Glen Avon. There will also be social events in the evenings and the whole festival looks an excellent introduction to this part of the Cairngorms and a good chance to meet other walkers. Further details here.

The photo shows Ben Avon, as seen from Glen Avon near Tomintoul.


  1. Hi Chris,
    Another good photo.
    What cameras are you using now ?
    I've never heard of a Walking Festival before. I hope there is a good turnout.
    Best wishes,

  2. Thanks Alastair. I'm now mostly using a Sony NEX 5 but this photo was taken with my old Canon 450D with 55-250 zoom lens because there isn't yet a lens like this for the NEX 5. However Sony has just announced a 55-210 lens plus two more NEX bodies so I intend switching completely to an NEX system soon.

  3. Thanks Chris,
    I have a Canon 300D (I think the original digital SLR). I don't take it walking as it's too heavy and I don't have a zoom lense for it. Those 2/3 shots you took of Ben Avon from a distance are beautiful!


  4. I had a Canon 300D with 18-55mm for a few years and then a 350D and then a 450D. All good cameras but the Sony NEX 5 is smaller and lighter and takes higher quality images (though there's not much in it - the pictures in A Year In The Life Of The Cairngorms were taken with the three Canon cameras).