Spring has sprung and with the longer, warmer days there is so much to see and do. EJ and Odin our resident Ospreys are back at Loch Garten, Capercaillie and Black Grouse are up early out on the leks and baby lambs are everywhere. The distilleries have re-opened for the season and The Spirit of Speyside Festival takes place 1-5 May 2014 with a some evening events taking place in Grantown-on-Spey. And there are lots of activities – the new Glenlivet Bike Trails are open, skiing is still underway at Cairngorm Mountain and the walking festivals get underway with the Aviemore Walking Festival from 11th May 2014. Why not visit us in Grantown-on-Spey to explore the wonderful Cairngorms National Park?
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.
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.
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.