Down Memory Lane

Sun 24th September 2017 at 08.30 - Mon 30th October 2017 - 18.00

Walking the Larig Ghru for Charity

Walking the Lairig Ghru for Charity

To celebrate his 70th birthday Rotarian Alisdair Miller is recreating a 'walk' he last undertook as a 17-year-old soldier recruit in the Queens Own Highlanders.  Part of his final training, in December 1965, included a route march through the Lairig Ghru from East to West.  This is a 30 km trail in the Cairngorm Mountains in the Highlands of Scotland.  He has decided that he would like to recapture lost youth by walking it again - this time on his 70th birthday.  His friend Des Buckley has offered to accompany him.  As an incentive to complete the task they will be fundraising for Cancer Research UK and Combat Stress Scotland.  If you wish to donate you can do so at  Both have relatives/friends who have been affected by cancer and, with over 72 year’s military service between them, they are aware of the need for the work done by organisations like Combat Stress.

 The route

The Lairig Ghru is the best known hill pass in Scotland climbing to an altitude of 835 metres and passing through one of the wildest areas in Scotland - the central Cairngorms.  It is approximately 20 miles and can take between 8 - 10 hours to complete.  Their challenge is to complete it in 8 hours.  Whilst there are paths these are lost among the boulders at the very rough and highest part.  They will start from the car park at Linn O Dee grid NO 064898 and walk west along the river Dee into Glen Dee and then North to the Lairig. This is the route Alisdair was taken in blanket snow and blizzards in December 1965 - they hope for better weather in September!  Finish will be at the car park at grid NH 915105.  The Lairig is a long walk through remote and exposed terrain where help is a long way off but the scenery is spectacular.  Any donation you would like to make would give them motivation to complete this arduous trail.  Donations will be split equally between the 2 charities.  Thank you in advance for supporting them.  You can donate at

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