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.
June is great month to be up in the Cairngorms National Park. Cairngorm Mountain Walking Festival starts 23 June with daily ranger-led walks and with the longer days there is plenty of time to get to the remoter parts of the Park. Wildlife is also at its best with the young Osprey chicks at Loch Garten entertaining visitors as their parents bring in fresh fish regularly. The Highland Wildlife Park is also packed with young ones – wildcat kittens, lynx kittens, baby Red Pandas, young snowy owls and even a baby snow monkey ‘Princess’ and many more. And there is no better way to relax than with a dram – the Glenlivet Distrillery was voted ‘Best Visitor Attraction in Scotland during 2013 and is open every day – see our links page for more info.
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?
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.
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.
EJ the Cairngorms’ star Osprey has returned in time for Easter. She has settled on her usual nest site at Loch Garten and is busily preparing for the arrival of her mate Odin expected any day now. Last year they successfully raised two chicks – you can follow how they are getting on at the RSPB Loch Garten Reserve Website.