Get yourself into the great outdoors

Campsie Fells. '25/2/09
Campsie Fells. '25/2/09

If you’ve ever fancied trying your hand at using a compass, picking herbs for teas or cordials or spotting bats then now is your chance.

Running from Saturday, August 31 to Sunday, September 8, the third Great Outdoors Festival offers a programme of events across East and West Dunbartonshire and Stirling areas - many of which are free.

The programme is an opportunity to get out and about and enjoy some of Scotland’s best settings - the Campsie Fells, the Kilpatrick Hills, the Trossachs and all the bits in between.

The Great Outdoors Festival offers walking, running, riding and paddling and is a great way to explore the countryside.

Expert leaders guide all of the festival’s events so there is no need to worry about getting lost or not knowing what to do.

The leaders are all knowledgeable in local history and wildlife and are looking forward to highlight the many points of interest along the routes.

Councillor Alan Moir said: “Whether you want to climb to the very top of the hills, go for a cycle, or go for a lazy stroll there is lots to do.

“Other activities include canoeing in the river Kelvin. There is still time to book up and many of the events are free of charge.”

In East Dunbartonshire, there are a total of 16 different events to choose from.

To find out more contact East Dunbartonshire & Mugdock Country Park Ranger Service on 0141 956 6586, or visit the Mugdock Country Park website at