Charity’s ‘Practice Kiltwalk’ on Bute this Saturday

The Calum's Cabin charity is holding a 'Practice Kiltwalk' on Bute on Saturday, April 2.
The Calum's Cabin charity is holding a 'Practice Kiltwalk' on Bute on Saturday, April 2.

Children’s charity Calum’s Cabin will be a partner in the Glasgow Kiltwalk once again this year - and people who would like to support the organisation in this year’s event are being invited to visit its birthplace this weekend to see where it all began.

The charity, which provides holiday accommodation on the island of Bute for families with seriously ill children, is holding a ‘Practice Kiltwalk’ on the island this Saturday, April 2 - a great chance to meet up with other Calum’s Cabin supporters and to get in some exercise ahead of the main event, from Hampden Park in Glasgow to the banks of Loch Lomond on Sunday, April 24.

Tara Timms from Calum’s Cabin said: “Please let us know if you are able to join us - the more the merrier, so if you have a friend or family member who wants to come along but isn’t walking the Kiltwalk, not a problem.

“Just let us know so we can estimate numbers for catering etc.

“If last year was anything to go by this is a great family day out.”

Calum’s Cabin was founded in memory of Rothesay Academy pupil Calum Speirs, who died aged 12 in 2007, little more than a year after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.

Calum’s dying wish was that families in similar situations to his own could get the chance to enjoy a get-away-from-it-all break amid the peace and beautiful scenery of Bute - and nine years later, the charity offers short breaks at two holiday homes on the island, Calum’s Cabin at St Ninian’s Bay on the remote west coast and Calum’s Cabin Cottage on the edge of Rothesay.

This Saturday’s 16-mile ‘Practice Kiltwalk’ starts at Guildford Square in Rothesay town centre at 9.30am - anyone travelling from the mainland to take part in the event can catch the 8.45am ferry from Wemyss Bay (the connecting train leaves Glasgow Central at 7.50am).