Tag Archives: Steam Railway

Mountain Playground: Cairngorms for Kids

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.

Winter Breaks in the Highlands

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.

Family Fun in the Cairngorms National Park

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.

150 Years ago. Arrival of The Railway

2013 is the 150th anniversary of the arrival of trains into Grantown on Spey. in 1863 the line from Perth to Forres was opened and trains stopped at Grantown West for the first time. Grantown will be marking the occasion with some celebrations in August and events throughout the year. Grantown had another Station (East) on the line from Aviemore towards Aberlour and Dufftown. Can you imagine two railway stations in Grantown? The Strathspey Steam Railway operates on the original section of line between Aviemore and Broomhill and there are plans to extend this line back into Grantown.