Tag Archives: Speyside

The Cairngorms Top 16 Things to do

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.

Grantown hosts the Highland Premier of Hamish Napier’s ‘The River’

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

Wildlife watching in the 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.

Speyside Whisky Festival

The Speyside whisky Festival is five magical days in May and over 350 events. Come to Grantown-on-Spey and discover the passion behind the world’s finest whiskies.  You will discover the delights of the dram with tours and tastings at many of the area’s 50+ distilleries (including exclusive access to distilleries usually closed to the public).  There are plenty of opportunities to explore the outdoors against the beautiful backdrop of the Cairngorms National Park spectacular scenery and uncover the spirited history of the region that was home to some of the first smugglers’ stills.