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First wee book festival in Grantown on Spey

Enjoy a weekend with authors Mark Douglas-Home, Alex Gray, Michael Malone, James Oswald, Caro Ramsay and Aline Templeton – all crime writers visiting Grantown on Spey from Friday 25th October until Sunday 27th October. Workshops, talks, interviews, competitions and exhibitions plus the chance to join the authors for cocktails and dinner! If you like Scottish Crime novels this is a weekend not to be missed.

Harley Davidson Rally comes to Grantown

August Bank Holiday weekend has something for everyone!
Saturday ‘Thunder in the Glen’ comes to Grantown with over 2,500 Harley Davidsons riding into the Square from Aviemore. A sight not to be missed!

Sunday sees the Grantown-on-Spey Highland Games including piping, Highland dancing, heavy and lightweight events, tug o’ war and cycling. The games begin at 10am and close at 5pm.

Bank Holiday Monday a world class photographic street exhibition opens set in the fantastic grounds of Blair Castle, Blair Atholl. With astonishing images of wildlife and landscapes – many taken in the Cairngorms National Park. The exhibition runs until the end of September.

Shinty comes to Grantown on Spey

Scotland’s national indigenous game of Shinty (Camanachd) is one of the world’s oldest team sports with roots rating back some 2,000 years – both golf and ice hockey are direct descendants. This stick-and-ball sport is fast, exciting and requires great stamina, skill, courage and tactical thinking. Saturday 27th sees two matches one in Kingussie and one in Grantown on Spey which coincides with the annual Figgart Fair so there is plenty to do this weekend!

Cycling Festival in the Cairngorms National Park

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking

A new bike festival in the Cairngorms National Park is a free family day out and has something to offer everyone. A celebration of all things biking, the festival has a huge range of participation activities; a round of the Scottish Trials Bike Championships, a mountain bike race for all ages, a static road bike challenge, and the big airbag for practising your stunts! There are also lots of other fun family things to do, The Clan Stunt Display TEam, children’s inflatables, WATT bike cadence analysis, blend your own smoothie, retail stands, catering and much much more. So why not join in the fun on Sunday 4 August 9am -5pm.

Cairngorm Mountain are offering Ridge to River mountain bike tours and here in Grantown on Spey DC Bikes offer guided tours as well as Bike Hire and Servicing – for all things biking the Cairngorms National Park is the ideal biking destination in the most stunning setting!

Family Fun in the Cairngorms National Park

Saturday 18 May 10am-4pm in Aviemore: Celebrating Cairngorms Nature is a FREE great day out for all the family.  Set in a tented village opposite the railway station there will be lots to do including: pond dipping, walks up to Craigellachie National Nature Reserve, environmental art, story telling, face painting, dog obedience testing, outdoor access workshops, chainsaw carving and music from the Feis Spe.

Saturday 25 May 9am-late in Boat of Garten:  ‘Wild about Boat’ Osprey Festival offers a day of wildlife-themed activities celebrating the Year of Natural Scotland with guided walks, wildlife watching, art and craft workshops, BBQ, African drums, plant sale, pond dipping, story telling, face painting and much more!  Why not take the steam train – extra trains will run throughout the day the first one leaving Aviemore at at 8.30am!

Sunday 26 May 11am-4pm in Newtonmore: The Highland Folk Museum is holding its first vintage day with tractors, classic cars, vintage vehicles and machinery on show.  Come and support this new addition to the Cairngorms National Park events calendar – entrance is FREE. Donations welcome.

Speyside Whisky Festival

The Speyside whisky Festival is five magical days in May and over 350 events. Come to Grantown-on-Spey and discover the passion behind the world’s finest whiskies.  You will discover the delights of the dram with tours and tastings at many of the area’s 50+ distilleries (including exclusive access to distilleries usually closed to the public).  There are plenty of opportunities to explore the outdoors against the beautiful backdrop of the Cairngorms National Park spectacular scenery and uncover the spirited history of the region that was home to some of the first smugglers’ stills.

150 Years ago. Arrival of The Railway

2013 is the 150th anniversary of the arrival of trains into Grantown on Spey. in 1863 the line from Perth to Forres was opened and trains stopped at Grantown West for the first time. Grantown will be marking the occasion with some celebrations in August and events throughout the year. Grantown had another Station (East) on the line from Aviemore towards Aberlour and Dufftown. Can you imagine two railway stations in Grantown? The Strathspey Steam Railway operates on the original section of line between Aviemore and Broomhill and there are plans to extend this line back into Grantown.