Falkirk’s Gregor is following the footsteps of King Robert the Bruce

Gregor and his dog Meg
Gregor and his dog Meg

Long distance walker Gregor Ewing is ready to set off on his latest adventure.

This time the history buff from Falkirk will mark the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn by following the footsteps Robert the Bruce took from Rathlin Island in Northern Ireland back to Scotland in 1307 to start a campaign which led to his famous victory seven years later.

The 1000 mile trek with his border collie Meg will take them to Kintyre, Arran and Ardrossan north from Ayr through Glasgow to Fort William and Elgin, south to Inverurie, Aberdeen and Dundee, over the Forth to Edinburgh and Berwick upon Tweed then east through Roxburghshire to Bannockburn passing battlefields, castles and historic towns and cities.

In 2012 Gregor (42) completed a 530 mile walk retracing the route of Bonnie Prince Charlie after the Battle of Culloden.

He leaves tomorrow and will be away from home for nine weeks. He said: “Many people know Bruce from Bannockburn but this journey maps his early years. He was crowned King of Scots in 1306 before fleeing as a fugitive, but within two years his enemies at home were tamed and the English occupiers of Scottish castles and walled towns evicted one by one.”