Discover Glenlude at night at the Peebles Outdoor Film Festival

Join the Trust at Glenlude as part of another exciting programme of events at the Peebles Outdoor Film Festival

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The John Muir Trust is offering those heading to the Peebles Outdoor Film Festival a unique opportunity to explore our nearby property at Glenlude in the Scottish Borders.

The Trust has been a long-standing supporter of the event, which encourages visitors to the Borders to engage with wildness and hear the experiences of others in wild places.

As part of the event, our conservation rangers will be giving a one-night-only experience to enjoy an overnight camp in the secluded wood of Glenlude, with the chance to spot owls and bats before settling down by the cosy fire in our forest cabin eating toasted marshmallows.

The event takes place at 7pm on 24 January, finishing at 9.30am the next day. Places are limited, so make sure to get your tickets booked through the event website. Glenlude is a short drive south of Traquair (directions here) on the B709. Bring a sleeping mat, sleeping bag and warm clothes. Snacks and breakfast (from festival supporter No. 1 Peebles Road) included.

Organiser of the festival, Richard Rowe, said of the Trust’s involvement: “The John Muir Trust has been a wonderful supporter of the festival down the years and we are delighted to work closely with the Trust again this year as overall Festival Sponsor. Exploring and enjoying wild places are very much at the core of what the festival is about, so it’s a relationship that fits beautifully on both sides”.

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Photo shows Nathan Berrie during the filming of Final Ascent. Credit: Edward Duncan

Those coming to the festival can expect an exciting array of films and speakers, with adventurers like Anna Neubert-Wood encouraging women of all ages into the outdoors, Paralympic gold medallist Karen Darke, round-the-world cyclist Jenny Graham, and Sarah Outen presenting her film Home, about her self-powered journey around the world by bike, kayak and rowing boat. David Lintern will appear alongside Charley Ramsey to talk about David's latest book, The Big Rounds, published by Cicerone.

There will also be the chance to see the new film Final Ascent: The Legend of Hamish MacInnes, revealing the story behind the mountaineering icon and starring our very own Nevis conservation officer Nathan Berrie as a young Hamish!

Since the Trust took on the management of Glenlude in 2010, we have been working hard to rewild this former plantation at the edge of the Southern Uplands.

Karen Purvis, property manager at Glenlude, and conservation officer Sarah Livingstone, have been working on the latest phase of felling and planting with contractors and our star volunteers who come to our regular work parties on Thursdays.