It’s great outdoors in East Dunbartonshire - enjoy a festival of local events and activities

Campsie Fells.
Campsie Fells.

People of all ages and fitness levels are being urged to go wild for the country, as the fourth ‘Great Outdoors Festival’ is held in East and West Dunbartonshire.

Activities including walking, cycling, canoeing, wildlife spotting and survival skills will be on offer between August 30 and September 7.

This is your chance to have fun, discover new skills and knowledge, and get closer to nature in Mugdock Country Park, Kirkintilloch, the Campsie Fells, the Kilpatrick Hills and beyond.

Highlights include:

* A host of fun activities at Mugdock Country Park, such as getting creative with natural materials, path repair days, touring Mugdock Castle, trail cycling, learning about bird migration, woodland adventures, live music, a fungi foray, pond dipping, film nights, bike maintenance and bat watching.

* Fabulous Fossils of Lennoxtown - an event 500 million years in the making.

* Kirkintilloch Collieries Walk - a chance to find out about the geology of the Kirkintilloch area and the industry that arose from it. Visit a nature reserve, and wander countryside corridors and the canal.

* Come ‘n’ Try Survival, Fire and Shelter Workshop and an Urban Canoe Safari with Kirkintilloch-based Wild By Nature.

* Riverside walk by Kirkintilloch - featuring strolls along the Glazert Water and Rilver Kelvin.

* Trip to the Auld Wives Lifts near Milngavie.

* Scoot along Strathkelvin Railway in Strathblane - with Shopmobility scooters available for hire to people with mobility issues.

* Walk the Blane Valley.

Council Leader Rhondda Geekie said: “There is a terrific range of activities and events taking place for the Great Outdoors Festival.

“I am particularly pleased with the wide range of attractions locally - well done to East Dunbartonshire & Mugdock Country Park Ranger Service and partners for their hard work.

“The Kirkintilloch Collieries Walk will be a highlight I’m sure - shining a light on the area’s rich industrial past and the wealth of natural attractions available in the present.

“I hope as many local people as possible take advantage of the wide range of events on offer and that the festival also attracts visitors and tourists to East Dunbartonshire - boosting the economy and promoting the area.”

Councillor Geekie added: “Hopefully the Commonwealth Games will have inspired people to get more active and this is a great way to take the first steps towards a healthier and more dynamic lifestyle.”

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