2016 sees the Cairngorms National Park host the UKs first resort based snow sports festival – Groove Cairngorm! The weekend festival will be held from 11-13 March 2016 in conjunction with Cairngorm Mountain involving snow sports and entertainment each day up on the mountain followed by apres-ski with live music and world class DJs until the early hours in a big top in Aviemore! With snow already on the hills the ski-season is expected to be a cracker.
Winter also sees the annual Husky Racing at Aviemore – a truly remarkable site with hundreds of sleds powered by teams of dogs racing along side the beautiful Loch Morlich. This year the event takes place 23 & 24 January 2016.
Plus there are the regular Summer favourites – the Grantown Show on 11 August and Grantown Games on 28 August. The annual Thunder in the Glen takes place from 26 – 29 of August and all the wonderful walks, wildlife and cycling that is available all year round !
We hope to see you in the Highlands in 2016 – do come and visit us if you can.
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?
Frosty mornings and snow on the hills means winter has arrived! Winter in the Highlands is a wonderful time with warm fires to welcome people, delicious local food, beer and whisky and some exciting winter activities on offer. Skiing and snowboarding is already underway at Cairngorm Mountain, the resident reindeer are in great demand and the Santa steam train trips are very popular with children of all ages. Wildlife are also particularly active given the shorter days – mountain hare Ptarmigan and stouts are sporting their winter white coats, deer are venturing off the high tops into the forests and bird life are out and about feeding so that they are easier to spot in the wild and on local feeders. Ardconnel is fully booked for the Christmas and New Year period but we welcome guests over the winter period so if you fancy a romantic winter break or an action packed winter sports weekend check our availability page.
The current fresh snowfall covering The Cairngorms National Park and the ski centres at Cairngorm, The Lecht and Glenshee should ensure skiing well into spring. Hopefully the weather will be kind with clear skies, light breezes and just cold enough above 2000 ft to keep the snow from melting.