Calum’s Cabin organises ‘practice Kiltwalk’ on Bute

Bute charity Calum's Cabin is to hold a 'practice Kiltwalk' on the island on Saturday, March 21.
Bute charity Calum's Cabin is to hold a 'practice Kiltwalk' on the island on Saturday, March 21.

Bute charity Calum’s Cabin is organising a ‘practice Kiltwalk’ on the island this weekend for those preparing to take part in the annual fund-raising event next month.

Calum’s Cabin is one of the main charity partners for the Glasgow Kiltwalk, taking place this year on Sunday, April 12, when more than 250 people will walk some or all of the distance from Hampden Park in Glasgow to Loch Lomond to raise money specifically for the charity.

But this Saturday, March 21, Calum’s Cabin is holding a practice walk, over 16.8 miles, giving those participating in the main event the chance to get in trim - and to enjoy the island’s spectacular scenery at the same time.

Theis Saturday’s walk starts at Guildford Square at 9.30am, and the route will see walkers head to Calum’s Cabin Cottage at Eastlands Park (1.5 miles), via Canada Hill to Calum’s Cabin (5.2 miles), from the Cabin to Ettrick Bay via the shore (4.8 miles), and from Ettrick Bay back to Rothesay (5.3 miles).

Caroline Speirs from Calum’s Cabin said: “This is a good training walk with only three weeks to go to the Kiltwalk.

“For those of you who are doing the half walk or the wee walk, come and join us at whatever part you would like and we will get transport for you back into town.

“Please let us know, as soon as you know you are definitely coming, as we need to know numbers for catering at our pitstop, so can those of you wishing to join us please get in touch.

“We are really looking forward to showing everyone the cabin and cottage and showing what you are all walking for. We have over 250 walkers registered at present for Calums Cabin, so I am really hoping it will be a great practice walk and you can all get to know each other.”

This Saturday’s walk is expected to include several Calum’s Cabin supporters who live on the mainland: if you fall into that category and would like to take part, make sure you’re on the 8.45am ferry from Wemyss Bay on Saturday morning (the connecting train leaves Glasgow Central at 7.50am - but trust us, it’s well worth the early rise!).

Anyone who hasn’t yet registered for the Kiltwalk but would like to do so still has time - the closing date for registrations is March 29, and you can do it online at www.thekiltwalk.co.uk. Register to join Team Calum’s Cabin by using the password ‘calumscabin2015’.

“If you have any difficulty just pop into the charity shop,” Caroline continued, “or if you don’t want to join but want to join us on our practice, please come along on the 21st - it would be great to see you.

“Thank you so much again for all the help and support Calum’s Cabin receives from our local community. The difference it makes to all our visiting families is amazing - last year we helped 103 families, including 311 children.”

The Kiltwalk hit the headlines for the wrong reasons recently after two of its charity partners raised concerns about the amount of money raised which was spent on running costs; chief executive and founder Carey McEvoy resigned last week, while the organisation is to undergo a restructure.