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New plans don't cause a set back for intrepid NTS fundraiser

By Kirsty Brown

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National Trust For Scotland employee Edoardo Bedin has today hit the quarter way mark in his attempt to walk around Scotland to save Scotland's heritage.

To coincide with his milestone, Edoardo's fundraising has also pushed past the £1000 mark.

Come rain or shine Edoardo has valiantly marched on since leaving Crathes Castle last Tuesday, and today as he walked from Dalgety Bay to Edinburgh he successfully crossed the 200km mark.

Now that he is on the road, Edoardo and his support team have tweaked his itinery which means that he now plans to arrive 'home' at Haddo House a week later than originally planned.

Although his walking partner has been forced to take a few days away to rest, Edoardo has enjoyed the company of locals and Rotarians on his walks as well as using his determination to save the history he is so passionate about to fuel him forward.

Arriving at Kellie Castle on Friday saw Edoardo light his lamp at the fourth NTS property in as many days, and tomorrow he plans to tick off two Edinburgh properties - Georgian House and Gladstone Lane.

He received a red carpet welcome at Kellie Castle in Fife as staff, volunteers and supporters all turned out to cheer and applaud as he arrived.

A historian and lover of the Roman period, Edoardo was delighted to learn that his new daily distances - 15-18 miles - are the same as the optimum distance marched by Roman Centurions.

A member of his support team said, "This new itinerary is to ensure he looks after his body, his mind and his morale, all of which are doing great just now - slow and steady wins the race."

The fable about the Hare And the Tortoise, which tells the story of the moral behind 'slow and steady wins the race', features in a painting in the entrance hall of Haddo House, where Edoardo Bedin was working until March.

It gives poignancy to Edoardo's newly lengthened journey.

He now has more time on the road, meeting more people and hopefully raising more money.

All going well he will cross the finish line, at Haddo House, on Sunday August 30.

The 500 mile journey across Scotland to visit all 23 NTS propertys aims to raise enough money to help them survive the coronavirus pandemic, as they continue to be closed.

You can follow his journey on the Hitting The Road For The Love Of Scotland Facebook page or on Instagram @Hittingtheroad4loveofScotland.

If you would like to donate you can do so online at: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hittingtheroadfortheloveofscotland.


If you want to cheer Edoardo on his way, his latest itinerary is:

August 5 - Edinburgh to House Of Binns.

August 6 - House of Binns to Slamannan.

August 7 - Slamannan to Tenement House (Glasgow).

August 8 - Tenement House to Weavers Cottage via Pollok House.

August 9 - Weavers Cottage to Kilwinning.

August 10 - Kilwinning to Ardrossan, then ferry across to Arran before finishing at Brodick Castle.

August 11 - Ferry back to Ardrossan, then walk to Stewarton.

August 12 - Stewarton to Holmwood House.

August 13 - Holmwood House to Cumbernauld.

August 14 - Cumbernauld to Bannockburn Battle Field Centre.

August 15 - Bannockburn to Alloa Tower.

August 16 - Alloa Tower to Kinross.

August 17 - Kinross to Falkland Palace.

August 18 - Falkland Palace to Hill Of Tarvit.

August 19 - Hill Of Tarvit to Dundee.

August 20 - Dundee to JM Barrie's Birthplace.

August 21 - JM Barrie's Birthplace to Brechin.

August 23 - Brechin to Clattering Bridge.

August 24 - Clattering Bridge to Banchory (vis Cairn O'Mount)

August 25 - Banchory to Craigievar Castle.

August 26 - Craigievar Castle to Castle Fraser.

August 27 - Castle Fraser to Insch.

August 28 - Insch to Colpy via Leith Hall.

August 29 - Colpy to Peth of Minnonie via Fyvie Castle.

August 30 - Peth of Minnonie to Haddo House via Pitmedden Garden.

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