From Friday 15 to Sunday 24 June 2018, whether it’s a gentle amble or an outdoor challenge there’s something for everyone in this year’s Moray Walking & Outdoor Festival. Voted one of the top 10 walking festival in Britain by The Daily Telegraph the festival also offers a whole lot more! From rowing to writing and surfing to cycling plus events that uncover the cultural, historical, archaeological, architectural, natural and landscape heritage of Moray. All events are held close to Grantown-on-Spey and the Cairngorms National Park.
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.
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.
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.