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Events in Grantown-on-Spey 2019

Don’t miss our local event highlights this year which include the annual Wildlife Book Festival in April, the Speyside Whisky Festival and Cairngorms Nature BIG weekend in May, the Grantown Show, Grantown Games and Thunder in the Glen in August, Motormania in September, the Wee Crime Festival in November and the fantastic Christmas parade with Santa and his reindeer and the Hogmanay celebrations in December.  You can find out more in our Things to do section.

Moray Walking & Outdoor Festival

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.

Cairngorms National Park voted top place to visit

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!

Polar Bear Cub born in the Cairngorms!

Exciting news – a baby polar bear was born at the Highland Wildlife Park, the first in the UK for 25 years!  Born in December, the cub has taken its first steps into the outdoor enclosure and has recently been confirmed to be a male. Entry to the Park is limited so please book in advance to avoid disappointment. For the latest news about the polar bears including visitor information, please visit our polar bear hub…

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.

Events 2016

Events in 2016

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.

Spring brings the Spirit of Speyside Whiskey Festival  from 28 April until 2nd May 2016 followed by the Cairngorms Nature Festival on 14 & 15 May – well worth keeping on eye on what is planned as details become available.

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.

Winter in the Cairngorms

First snow of the season has arrived just as the Grantown Christmas lights were switched on last Friday.  Snow covered hills and forest paths means wildlife and their tracks are easier to spot.  Just across the road from Ardconnel House you can often see deer, golden eye, dippers, red squirrels and if you are very lucky Capercaillie!

Capercaillie in Local Woods

Capercaillie in Local Woods