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.
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!
The Cairngorms is a great place for cycling with the family. Here are five of the best locations for off-road riding. Plus just across the road from Ardconnel House are miles of forest tracks plus a skills area to practice on free of charge.
Countryfile Magazine confirms the Cairngorms are a fantastic, magical, year-round destination for kids! With oodles of family-oriented activities – from mountain biking to pony riding to kayaking and sailing, not to mention miles upon miles of hiking trails through unspoiled forest and mountain scenery it is simply an amazing Mountain Playground for kids of all ages. Check out the Highland Wildlife Park which has recently celebrated births in the lynx, wildcat, wolves & wolverine enclosures or take a trip on the steam railway – always a great day out.
The local business association has identified their top 16 things to do in the Cairngorms National Park and invite you to let VisitCairngorms know what you’d add! Our recommendation is some fantastic golf followed by a ‘wee dram’ from our Speyside Whisky selection. The Cairngorms National Park is closer than you think, and with the Caledonian Sleeper you can literally go to bed in the city and wake up in paradise. After your journey come to Ardconnel House and make the most of your stay … check out our accommodation page to see which room best meets your needs.
Don’t miss the Grantown-on-Spey highland games on Sunday 28th August. A great day out for all the family with family races, highland dancing, all the traditional heavy events including tossing the caber and my personal favourite tug o war, as well as the rousing mass pipe bands. Check our things to do page for more information.