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.
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!
First snow of the season has arrived just as the Grantown Christmas lights were switched on last Friday. Snow covered hills and forest paths means wildlife and their tracks are easier to spot. Just across the road from Ardconnel House you can often see deer, golden eye, dippers, red squirrels and if you are very lucky Capercaillie!
Don’t miss this year’s Cairngorms Nature Festival on 16 & 17 May 2015! With lots of free events for all ages and interests check the programme to see what takes your fancy – there are over 70 events to choose from with many just 30 minutes drive from Grantown-on-Spey. And on our door step The Bookmark has invited 5 nature writers to talk about their latest books: Chris Townsend, Jim Crumley, Neil MacGregor, Fi Martynoga and Sir John Lister-Kaye.
2015 is a very special year for Grantown-on-Spey as it celebrates it’s 250th Birthday with lots of special events taking place from 21st – 28th June – you can find out all the details at www.grantown250.org
The ski-season is well underway and Cairngorm Mountain has invested in new facilities at the base station for all visitors to enjoy. Highland Wildlife Park is also getting ready for its female polar bear to arrive … who knows we could have a little one later this year!
Spring brings the Speyside Whisky Festival 30 April – 4 May followed by the Cairngorms Nature Festival on 16 & 17 May – well worth keeping on eye on what is planned as details become available on www.cairngorms.co.uk
Plus there are the regular favourites – the Grantown Show and Games in August, Thunder in the Glen in August and all the wonderful walks, wildlife and cycling that is available all year round ! We also have a new addition to the Town – an Art Gallery and Coffee Shop just 5 minutes walk from Ardconnel House – check out their reviews on Tripadvisor.
We hope to see you in the Highlands this year – do come and visit us if you can.
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.
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!
We are having such fantastic weather at the moment that our very own ‘springwatch’ is going strong! Osprey chicks at Loch Garten near Grantown-on-Spey are doing well, Crane’s have been seen passing Carr-Bridge just outside Aviemore and Black Grouse and Capercaillie are strutting their stuff at Glenmore Forest and Rothiemurchus Estate. Also, two Amur tiger cubs were born earlier this month at the Highland Wildlife Park and join the new addition of wolverines who settled in last month. There is lots to see and do near Grantown-on-Spey and the wildlife is simply outstanding at this time of year. Speyside Wildlife offers tailor-made day trips starting from Ardconnel House if you’d like a guide to show you some of the best places to see the local wildlife in action.