As COVID restrictions have eased up, a lot of us are keen to meet new people and start new hobbies. If you want to do exercise, there is no need to drive all the way into Elgin. There are many beautiful walks here in Dufftown (big shout-out to the Dufftown & Mortlach Development Trust for their recent path upgrades by the Giant’s Chair and Gordon’s Cross). For those that are interested in guided exercise, I have compiled a list below of some of the things happening in the area:
Hazelwood Kettlebell Club started in 2017 and has grown from strength to strength since then. With nearly 80 members, they offer classes in Aberlour, Rothes and Elgin. Their certified instructors will teach you all the techniques in a safe and friendly environment. The classes are suitable for all ages and abilities. Being a member myself, I can with confidence say that it hasn’t just given me improved fitness but also new friends and many laughs. First session is free and monthly membership is £22. Get in touch with Linda to give it a go!
Lindsay runs one hour pilates sessions at Mortlach Memorial Hall every Monday 6.30pm. She is an experienced qualified instructor and has been running classes since 2004. All you need to bring is an exercise mat and Lindsay will provide the rest. These classes are suitable for all ages and abilities, and are great for people with back problems and arthritis. You can come along and try it for £4 taster sessions. If you like it, you can book blocks of 6 weeks of classes for £48. If you want more information, you can visit her facebook page.
Scottish Country Dancing
Long-running since 1952, the Scottish Country Dance Club offers social dances and classes for all ages and abilities. During the summer, they hold social dances every month. The first one took place on the 3rd of May. If you missed that one, you have another chance to attend on 7th June, 5th July, 2nd August and 6th September. They meet in the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm and it’s £6. For the social dances, some previous knowledge is needed, although there will be a tutor there. Wear comfortable clothing and footwear. Weekly classes, which are beginner friendly, start again on the 20th of September. These classes cost £5 and run between 7.30-9pm. Visit their facebook for more information.
The Dufftown Bowling Club meets every Monday on the green by Tininver Park at 6.30pm. It is free on the night and beginners are more than welcome. There are also friendly games on a Wednesday afternoon. Just remember to bring flat shoes and bowls can be provided. You can also become a member. Not only will you improve your bowling skills but you will also meet new friends. The club goes to other clubs for friendly games and usually finish with a tea and sandwich. For more information go to their facebook group.
Do you run exercise classes in Dufftown? Get in touch to list it on our website!