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!
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!
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.
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.
Grantown-on-Spey celebrates its birthday from 22 – 26 June with various events including the Figgot Fair on Saturday and Hamish Napier’s Highland Premier of his musical piece ‘The River’. The River features a stellar band of Scotland’s finest folk musicians, including members of Admiral Fallow and Breabach. The piece brings to the surface vivid sonic images of occurrences, past and present, along the mile-long stretch of the Spey that flows past his home: enchanting natural beauty, hilarious anecdotes, tales from the darkest depths and musical wizardry. Held at Grantown Grammar School Hall Doors 7pm. Show 7.30pm-9.30pm
£15 (£10 conc.) Tickets on the door or from ‘The Bookmark‘ Grantown-on-Spey, 01479873433
December is full of winter fun with mince pies, mulled wine, open fires and carol singing. Santa is busy too visiting most of the villages in the Cairngorms with his reindeer. Grantown Primary Christmas Grotto takes place on Saturday 12th December with Christmas Fayre, home-baking, craft stalls and Santa will be welcoming visitors in his Grotto from 11am until 2pm. You can also meet the reindeer and explore the elves house at the Glenmore Reindeer Centre and in the evenings the Panto Aladdin is showing at the MacDonald Highland Resort while Peter Pan is on at Eden Court in Inverness. The grand not to missed finale is the Hogmonay Party in Grantown with a live band and ceilidh dancing in the streets until the wee small hours and fireworks at mid-night!