Get Inspired: Step it up with a walking festival
The hills and glens of Royal Deeside left an impression on the poet Lord Byron, who celebrated the mountain Lochnagar in one of his best-known poems.
Similarly, the annual Ballater walking festival appears to leaves a lasting impression on participants, many of whom return year after year to enjoy guided walks in the area.
BBC Get Inspired reporter Louise Andrew met organiser Sandy Mitchell to find out about the appeal of walking festivals.
If you want to find out more about walking, take a look at the Get Inspired page on walking.