Charity walkers aim to bag trio of castles

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Cortachy and Glamis castles are playing their part in a Rotary fund-raiser for Alzheimers Scotland.

The former is the starting point for Claverhouse Rotary Club members who are putting their feet to the test to cover the distance between three local castles in a day.

Taking in Cortachy, Glamis and Dudhope Castle in Dundee, the group will be met at the finish line by Bob Duncan, Lord Provost of Dundee.

Rotarian Brian Cairns said: “We’re walking to help Alzheimers Scotland stop the march of dementia throughout the country. We are walking 24 miles in a one-er to raise cash for Alzheimers Scotland, a really deserving charity which does great work.”

The walk will start on Sunday, June 14, at 7am leaving from Cortachy Castle heading towards Glamis Castle, a 10- mile journey. The group will then move on to the second 14-mile leg over the Sidlaw Hills towards Dudhope Castle.

Brian continued: “I have done some training, not a lot ,but I hope that will be enough to get me through. I fully expect an outbreak of sair feet!”

The hard core group of walkers have proved their stamina before on a five day, 83 mile trek ‘Tramp the Tay’ following the Tay from Kenmore to Dundee.

“We are under no illusions regarding what is required,” Brian said. “A big thank you to those who have donated already. With your help we have exceeded our target of £5000 but Alzheimers Scotland would be delighted if we could totally smash it.”

The club has already amassed an impressive £6700, including gift aid. There are currently 5070 people diagnosed with dementia across Dundee and Angus and 90,000 in Scotland.

Brian explained: “The club gives to a wide range of charities and it was felt that Alzheimer’s Scotland do not have the profile of other charities, although equally deserving.” To receive full details of the walk, please contact Ivor on 01382 351851 or Brian on 07770 510601.