Bring the whole family and get up close and personal with the amazing nature of the Cairngorms National Park! On 10-13 May Cairngorms Nature hosts its BIG Weekend, a celebration of the fantastic and diverse nature that calls the National Park home. There are over 80 events happening from family friendly events designed for those who may be quite new to nature watching, through to volunteering and specialist events for the more seasoned nature lover.
Don’t miss our local event highlights this year which include the annual Wildlife Book Festival in April, the Speyside Whisky Festival and Cairngorms Nature BIG weekend in May, the Grantown Show, Grantown Games and Thunder in the Glen in August, Motormania in September, the Wee Crime Festival in November and the fantastic Christmas parade with Santa and his reindeer and the Hogmanay celebrations in December. You can find out more in our Things to do section.
Looking for something to do in the Cairngorms National Park? Don’t miss out on the Grantown Highland Games on Sunday 26th August – there’ll be highland dancing, bagpipes and bands plus all the traditional Highland Games – including my personal favourite – the tug of war!
From Friday 15 to Sunday 24 June 2018, whether it’s a gentle amble or an outdoor challenge there’s something for everyone in this year’s Moray Walking & Outdoor Festival. Voted one of the top 10 walking festival in Britain by The Daily Telegraph the festival also offers a whole lot more! From rowing to writing and surfing to cycling plus events that uncover the cultural, historical, archaeological, architectural, natural and landscape heritage of Moray. All events are held close to Grantown-on-Spey and the Cairngorms National Park.
Speyside is home to the World’s finest malt whiskies making it a must-visit destination for any whisky lover. Hosting over half the distilleries in Scotland, Speyside has the greatest concentration of malt whisky producers compared to every other whisky producing region. Each May is the Speyside Whisky Festival when you can find out more about your favourite Speyside malts, and discover new ones. Click here to find out more and see where each Speyside distillery is located.
The Cairngorms National Park: Voted one of the top 20 places to visit in the World by National Geographic Traveller Magazine. The Cairngorms National Park, in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, has everything from castles and distilleries to family attractions and endless outdoor fun. The UK’s largest National Park offers masses of things to do including watersports, snow sports, wildlife watching, and some incredible high and low level walking and cycling routes. There are lots of amazing places to go and things to do in the UK, so start planning your visit right now. This is why we love the Cairngorms – all this on our doorstep!
Exciting news – a baby polar bear was born at the Highland Wildlife Park, the first in the UK for 25 years! Born in December, the cub has taken its first steps into the outdoor enclosure and has recently been confirmed to be a male. Entry to the Park is limited so please book in advance to avoid disappointment. For the latest news about the polar bears including visitor information, please visit our polar bear hub…
If you love walking Grantown-on-Spey has fantastic options right on the doorstep. Step across the road from Ardconnel House and you find yourself in Anagach Woods which has a network of forest paths that wind through some of the most impressive woodland in the UK. From the viewpoint you can see the entire Cairngorms Range. The Grantown-on-Spey Paths leaflet gives you details on 8 walks including maps and further information about the area.
If you love nature don’t miss out on the Cairngorms Nature BIG Weekend from 11th – 13th May. There are loads of events to enjoy – many of them free of charge so check out the website and come up and join us!
Grantown Museum Gallery is showing a special exhibition: ‘I Richard Waitt, Picture Drawer: Portraits of a Highland Clan (1713-1733). A unique opportunity to see what is recognised as the biggest ever single commission of family portraits in 18th century Europe. Commissioned by Brigadier General Alexander Grant of Grant of Grant Castle it brings together a number of paintings no0t only of the Laird’s family but also his servants, bards and ministers – providing a snap shot of life in the Highlands 300 years ago at the time of the Jocobites. The exhibition brings this unique collection of paintings home to Grantown – showing from 22nd July – 31st October sponsored by Bohnams.