What’s On AUGUST
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What’s On in august
elcome to the Cairngorms National Park and the August edition of What’s On, the free events guide. To help you make the most of your time here we’ve put together an essential guide packed with what’s happening in the area. We’ve got some great ideas for things to do, places to see, where to eat and drink, and places to stay. August is a wonderful time of year to visit the Cairngorms with lots of exciting events happening across the Park. Visit a traditional highland games at Newtonmore, Ballater, Nethybridge, Grantown on Spey or Strathdon with massed pipe bands and heavy weight competitions. See thousands of Harley Davidsons descend on Aviemore from the 25-28th with live music and mass ride outs happening throughout Aviemore and Grantown on Spey. Ballater Victoria Week returns with their popular duck race, craft fairs, vehicle parade, dances and other live entertainment throughout the village. Boat of Garten Community Centre celebrates its 10th Birthday with a Capercaillie Festival from the 18th-20th, events include a Cèilidh dance, fancy dress parade, workshops and much more. Finally don’t miss Blair Castle’s International Horse Trials from the 24-27th a great day out for all the family. The Cairngorms National Park has something for everyone.
what’s on in august
ou are in an all year round destination with lots going on. Use the listings to plan your fun! The Events of Interest list outlines exhibitions and events of interest over more than one day, the Calendar section gives you a day by day list of events and Day by Day shows regular events. For more information on all the events below please refer to www.visitcairngorms.com/whatson
Aviemore Community and Leisure Centre, Aviemore. 10am-12pm. T: 07773 895303.
Events of Interest
what’s on august 2017
23rd July-6th August Cairngorms Cèilidh Trail (CCT) Various Locations. See daily listings. www.feisspe.org.uk
26th July-2nd August F Ranger Event: Musical l
Marshes, Insh Marshes RSPB Insh Marshes Car Park, Kingussie. T: 01540 661518. email@example.com
Exhibition: Portraits of a Highland Clan by I, Richard Waitt Grantown Museum, Grantown on Spey. 10am-5pm. T: 01479 872478. www.grantownmuseum.co.uk
2nd-16th August Ranger Event: Ugly Bugs, Insh Marshes RSPB Insh Marshes Car Park, Kingussie. T: 01540 661518. firstname.lastname@example.org F l
30th July-5th August Scottish 6 Days Orienteering Festival Throughout Royal Deeside. www.scottish6days.com/2017
17th June-30th September F Gerard Murphy l
21st July-31st October
Photography 2017 Summer Exhibition Corgarff Community Hall, Strathdon. 10am-5pm. T: 07501 086882. www.gerardmurphy.co.uk
Ballater Victoria Week (BVW) Various locations throughout Ballater. See daily listings. www.ballatervictoriaweek.co.uk
12th-13th August Sailing Club Open Dinghy Regatta Loch Morlich Sailing Club, Aviemore. www.lochmorlichsailingclub.org.uk
12th-27th August F SBSA Summer Art l
Exhibition Iona Gallery, Duke Street, Kingussie. 11am-5pm. T: 01540 673422. www.theionagallery.co.uk
13th-14th August F Forest Fest l
Weekend Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore. 10.30am-4pm. T: 01540 673551. www.highlandfolk.com
18th-20th August F The Capercaillie l
Festival - Celebrating 10 Years of the Boat Hall Boat of Garten Community Hall. T: 01479 831123. www.boatofgarten.com
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Robinson Crusoe Show Macdonald Aviemore Resort. 2-4pm. Mon, Wed & Sat Only. T: 0344 879 9152. www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk
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Tuesday 1st August
Blair Castle International Horse Trials Blair Castle, Blair Atholl. 9.30am-5.30pm. T: 01796 481543. www.blairhorsetrials.co.uk
Ranger Event: Nature Nippers - Going Underground Mar Lodge Estate, Braemar. 10-11am. T: 01339 720164. www.nts.org.uk/Property/Mar-Lodge25th-28th August Estate Thunder in the Glens Ranger Event: Nature’s Art Harley Davidson Weekend Glenlivet Estate Visitor Centre, Macdonald Aviemore Resort. Tomintoul. 2-3.30pm. T: 07833 148890. T: 01479 870070. www.dunedinhog.com www.glenlivetestate.co.uk F Harley Davidson l CCT: Fèis Spè Cairngorms Weekend at the Cèilidh Trail Cairngorm Hotel Cairngorm Mountain, Aviemore. Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. 12pm-12.45am. T: 01479 810233. 12-2pm. T: 07989 907213. www.feisspe.org.uk www.cairngorm.com F CCT: Fèis Spè l Cairngorms Cèilidh Trail The Cairn Hotel, Carrbridge. Calendar of Events 8.30-11pm. T: 07989 907213. www.feisspe.org.uk Sunday 30th July Ranger Event: Cute Aerial Yoga Critters The Pagoda, Grantown on Spey. Osprey Centre, Boat of Garten. 12-1pm. www.thepagoda.scot www.rspb.org.uk Top Dogs Day Out The Hayfield, Glenmore Forest Wednesday 2nd August Park, Aviemore. 12-4pm. Mar Lodge Evening Stroll T: 07818 588222. Mar Lodge Estate, Braemar. www.highland.gov.uk 5-7pm. T: 01339 720164. www.nts.org.uk/Property/Mar-LodgeMonday 31st July Estate F CCT: Fèis Spè l Workshop: A Morning of Cairngorms Cèilidh Moths Trail Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore. Insh Marshes, Kingussie. 9.30am-1pm. T: 01540 662216. 12.30-3pm. T: 07989 907213. www.clp-online.net www.feisspe.org.uk F CCT: Fèis Spè Summer Ranger-led l Guided Walks Cairngorms Cèilidh Trail Loch Garten Osprey Centre, The Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. Nethy Bridge. 9.30am-1pm. 7-9pm. T: 07989 907213. T: 01479 831476. www.rspb.org.uk www.feisspe.org.uk www.visitcairngorms.com
Marshes, Insh Marshes RSPB Insh Marshes Car Park, Kingussie. T: 01540 661518. firstname.lastname@example.org F CCT: Fèis Spè l Cairngorms Cèilidh Trail Loch Morlich Watersports, Aviemore. 3.30-5pm. T: 07989 907213. www.feisspe.org.uk Strathspey Thistle v Cove Rangers Seafield Park, Grantown on Spey. 8pm. www.strathspeythistlefc.co.uk
Thursday 3rd August Heritage In Action Days Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore. 11am-4pm. T: 01540 673551. www.highlandfolk.com F CCT: Fèis Spè l Cairngorms Cèilidh Trail The Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore. 8.30-10.30pm. T: 07989 907213. www.feisspe.org.uk Bonhams and Grantown Museum Valuation Roadshow The Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown on Spey. 12-4pm. T: 01479 872478. www.grantownmuseum.co.uk F l
what’s on august 2017
Friday 4th August Ranger Event: River Monsters Nethy Bridge Visitor Centre. 2-4pm. T: 07710 387510. www.rspb.org.uk F Evening Talk: Birds l in Jerusalem by Gidon Perlman Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown on Spey. 8.30-10pm. T: 01479 872526. www.bwwc.co.uk F Free Entry to Event l
CCT: Fèis Spè Cairngorms Cèilidh Trail Blair Castle, Blair Atholl. 12-2pm. T: 07989 907213. www.feisspe.org.uk F Night Hunters l and their Prey Car Park by Visitor Information Centre, Crathie, Ballater. 8pm-late. T: 01339 755059. www.ballatervictoriaweek.co.uk
what’s on august 2017
Saturday 5th August Learn to Fish Sessions Glen Tanar Estate, Aboyne. 10am-4pm. Booking essential. T: 01339 886451. www.glentanar.co.uk F Evening Talk: Birding l in Israel by Yoav Perlman Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown on Spey. 8.30-10pm. T: 01479 872526. www.bwwc.co.uk F CCT: Fèis Spè l Cairngorms Cèilidh Trail The Ptarmigan, Loch Insh, Kincraig. 12-2pm. T: 07989 907213. www.feisspe.org.uk CCT: Fèis Spè Cairngorms Cèilidh Trail Carrbridge Village Hall, Carrbridge. 7.30-10pm. T: 07989 907213. www.feisspe.org.uk Newtonmore Highland Games Games Field, Newtonmore. www.newtonmore.com
BVW: Book Fair Victoria Hall, Ballater. 10am-5pm. www.ballatervictoriaweek.co.uk Live Music: I See Rivers Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore. 8.30pm. www.oldbridgeinn.co.uk
Tuesday 8th August Inverallan Old Time Dancing Inverallan Church Hall, Grantown on Spey. 7.30-10pm. T: 01479 851353. Ranger Event: Caledonian Carnival Osprey Centre, Boat of Garten. www.rspb.org.uk
Wednesday 9th August Ranger Event: Messy Art NTS Killiecrankie Visitor Centre. 10.30am-12pm. T: 01350 728641. www.nts.org.uk F BVW: Ranger Event: l Edibles and Medicinal: Wild Food Walk Burn o’Vat Visitor Centre, Dinnet, Aboyne. Booking essential. 2-4pm. T: 01339 881667 www.ballatervictoriaweek.co.uk
Thursday 10th August
Mar Lodge Mini Rangers Don’t Get Lost! Mar Lodge Estate, Braemar. 10am-1pm. T: 01339 720164. www.nts.org.uk BVW: Ballater Highland Sunday 6th August Games F BVW: Vehicle Parade l Monatrie Park, Ballater. Bridge Street, Ballater. 1pm. 10am-5.30pm. T: 01339 775224. www.ballatervictoriaweek.co.uk www.ballaterhighlandgmes.com Aviemore Triathlon Cairngorms Farmers Badaguish Centre, Aviemore. Market 9am-1pm. www.aviemoretriathlon.com The Square, Grantown on Spey. 10am-4pm. www.facebook.com/ F Free Entry to Event l Cairngormsfarmersmarket 6
BVW: Ceilidh Victoria Hall, Ballater. 7.30pm. www.ballatervictoriaweek.co.uk F Heritage In Action l Days Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore. 11am-4pm. T: 01540 673551. www.highlandfolk.com Grantown Show Heathfield Park, Grantown on Spey. 8am-5pm. T: 01343 551113. www.grantownshow.co.uk Live Music: Sesar & Halliday Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore. 8.30pm. www.oldbridgeinn.co.uk
Friday 11th August F BVW: Continental l
Market Church Green, Ballater. 11am-5pm. www.ballatervictoriaweek.co.uk Castle Concert Series St. Margaret’s, Braemar. 12.30-2pm. T: 07782 343549. www.castleconcertseries.co.uk
Saturday 12th August Learn to Fish Sessions Glen Tanar Estate, Aboyne. 10am-4pm. Booking essential. T: 01339 886451. www.glentanar.co.uk F BVW: Car Boot Sale l Church Green, Ballater. 10.30am. www.ballatervictoriaweek.co.uk Strathspey Thistle v Huntly Seafield Park, Grantown on Spey. 3pm. T: 07826 619110. Yoga on the Mountain Cairngorm Ski Area, Aviemore. 8am-9am. T: 01479 861261. www.cairngormmountain.org
Sunday 13th August BVW: Duck Race Church Green, Ballater. 1pm. www.ballatervictoriaweek.co.uk BVW: Antiques Fair Victoria Hall, Ballater. 10am-4pm. www.ballatervictoriaweek.co.uk Ranger Event: Binocular and Telescope Osprey Centre, Boat of Garten. www.rspb.org.uk
Tuesday 15th August
Saturday 19th August
Ranger Event: Nature Detectives Glenlivet Estate Visitor Centre, Tomintoul. 2-3.30pm. T: 01479 870070. www.glenlivetestate.co.uk Ranger Event: Forest Fairy Folk Osprey Centre, Boat of Garten. www.rspb.org.uk
Wednesday 16th August Mar Lodge Evening Stroll Mar Lodge Estate, Braemar. 5-7pm. T: 01339 720164. www.nts.org.uk Badger Watch Boat of Garten. Booking essential. T: 01479 831768. www.highlandbadgers.net Summer Ranger-led Guided Walks Loch Garten Osprey Centre, Nethy Bridge. T: 01479 831476. www.rspb.org.uk
Sunday 20th August Garden Workshops Walled Garden, Glen Tanar, Aboyne. 2-5pm. T: 01339 886451. www.glentanar.co.uk Live Music: Ten Strings Duo St. Margaret’s, Braemar. 3-4pm. T: 07780 433302. www.stmargaretsbraemar.org.uk
Tuesday 22nd August
Friday 18th August Summer Talks in Nethy Bridge Nethy Bridge Visitor Centre. 7.30-9.30pm. T: 07710 387510. email@example.com
Loch Morlich 5k! Loch Morlich, Aviemore. 11am. www.fitnessat58.co.uk Annual Flower and Produce Show Newtonmore Village Hall. 2-4pm. T: 01540 673213. www.laggan.eu/bgc-show 80’s Party Nethy Bridge Community Centre. 8pm-12am. firstname.lastname@example.org
Ranger Event: Bioblitz! Osprey Centre, Boat of Garten. www.rspb.org.uk
what’s on august 2017
Jazz Evening in Blair Atholl Village Hall Blair Atholl Village Hall. 7.30-11pm. T: 01796 481230. www.musicinblairatholl.org.uk Abernethy Highland Games & Clan Grant Rally Games Field, Nethy Bridge. 10am-5.30pm. www.nethybridge.com Ranger Event: Binocular and Telescope Osprey Centre, Boat of Garten. www.rspb.org.uk F Forest Fest Weekend l Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore. 10.30am-4pm. T: 01540 673551. www.highlandfolk.com
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Wednesday 23rd August Badger Watch Boat of Garten. Booking essential. T: 01479 831768. www.highlandbadgers.net F Evening Talk: Florida l Gulf Coast Birding by Ellen McKeefe Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown on Spey. 8.30-10pm. T: 01479 872526. www.bwwc.co.uk
what’s on august 2017 things to do
Thursday 24th August Best of Boat of Garten Summer Guided Walks Station Square, Boat of Garten. 10am-1pm. T: 07710 387510. www.rspb.org.uk Live Music: William Thomas Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore. 8.30pm. www.oldbridgeinn.co.uk
Auchtavan Ferm Toun Open Day Auchtavan, Crathie. 12-3pm. T: 01339 741219. www.braemarcastle.co.uk Grantown on Spey Highland Games Heathfield Park, Grantown on Spey. www.shga.co.uk F l
Summer Ranger-led Guided Walks Nethy Bridge Visitor Centre. 11am-1pm. T: 07710 387510. www.rspb.org.uk
Saturday 26th August Coffee Morning Village Hall, Newtonmore. 10-30am-12pm. T: 01540 673020. email@example.com F Ballater Farmers l Market Ballater Farmers Market, Ballater. 10am-2pm. www.facebook.com/ ballaterfarmersmarket
Mar Lodge Estate, Braemar. 5-7pm. T: 01339 720164. www.nts.org.uk Highland League Football Match - Strathspey Thistle v Inverurie Locos Seafield Park, Grantown on Spey. 8pm. T: 07826 619110.
Thursday 31st August Best of Boat of Garten Summer Guided Walks Station Square, Boat of Garten. 10am-1pm. T: 07710 387510. www.rspb.org.uk
Friday 1st September RSPB Big Wild Sleep Out Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore. 4.30pm. Booking essential. T: 01540 673551. Ranger Event: Bats, Bats, Bats Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown on Spey. 8-10pm. T: 07818 588222.
Sunday 27th August
Friday 25th August
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Market The Square, Grantown on Spey. 10am-4pm. www.facebook.com/ Cairngormsfarmersmarket F Meet the Producer l & Craft Fair Elephants in the Pantry, Grantown on Spey. 10am-4pm. T: 01479 258070. www.elephantsinthepantry.co.uk F Outlander Day l Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore. 11am-4pm. T: 01540 673551. www.highlandfolk.com Lonach Gathering Bellabeg Park, Strathdon. www.lonach.org F Boat of Garten’s l Annual Auction Sale Boat of Garten Community Hall. 12pm. T: 01479 831123. www.boatofgarten.com
Tuesday 29th August Ranger Event: Wild Olympics Osprey Centre, Boat of Garten. www.rspb.org.uk
Wednesday 30th August Mar Lodge Evening Stroll
Every Day in August Every Monday F Glenlivet Health Walk l
Glenlivet Public Hall. 9.45-10.45am. T: 01807 590689. F Braemar Health Walk l Group Under the Mews, Braemar. 10-11am. T: 01339 741426. F Glass Fusing Studio l Open Afternoon The Trove, Newtonmore. 2-4pm. T: 07921 729249. www.fusedandlight.co.uk Cash Bingo (18+) Royal British Legion, Grantown on Spey. 7.50pm. T: 01479 873690.
Hilton Coylumbridge, Aviemore. 8.3010.30pm. www.hiltonaviemore.com F Live Music & Dancing l with George Gordon Duke of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie. 8.30-10.30pm. F Graeme Mackay in the l Cairn Bar Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. 9.30pm. T: 01479 810233.
Quiz Night Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. 9.30pm. T: 01479 810233.
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Summer Ranger-led Guided Walks Loch Garten Osprey Centre, Nethy Bridge. 9.30am-1pm. T: 01479 831476. www.rspb.org.uk Yoga Boat of Garten Community Centre. Every Tuesday 9.45-10.45am. (not the 26th) F Grantown Health Walk T: 07958 463259. l Group firstname.lastname@example.org Curling Rink Car Park, Anagach Community Cafe Wood. 10.30-11.30am. St Andrews Church Hall, Aviemore. T: 01479 872142. 10am-4pm. F Ballater Health Walk l Newtonmore Health Walk Group Wildcat Centre, Newtonmore. Glenmuick Church Hall. 1-2pm. 10.30-11.30am. T: 01540 673172. T: 01339 755634. F Boat of Garten Health l F Nethy Bridge Health l Walk Group Walk Group Boat Hotel. 1.30-2.30pm. Meet by Community Centre, Dell T: 01479 831562. Road. 1-2pm. T: 07519 569005. F Braemar Local History l Grantown-on-Spey Group Guided Walks Slimming World Invercauld Arms Hotel, Braemar. Royal British Legion, Grantown 3pm. T: 01339 741985. on Spey. 3:30, 5.30 & 7.30pm. email@example.com T: 07545 399160. Rotary Club of Spey Valley Senior Youth Club Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. Grantown YMCA Community Centre, 6-8.15pm. T: 01479 810233. Grantown on Spey. 6.45-8.45pm. www.speyvalley.rotary1010.org T: 01479 872262. Vinyasa Yoga www.grantowncommunitycentre.org Dell of Abernethy, Nethybridge. 8-9pm. F Live Music & Dancing l Booking essential. T: 07807 670927. with Kenny Nairn firstname.lastname@example.org Duke of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie, 8pm. T: 01540 661302. The Killiecrankies Cabaret Band F Braemar Local History l Duke of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie. Walks 8.30-10.30pm. T: 01540 661302. Invercauld Arms Hotel, Braemar. 8pm. T: 01339 741985. F Live Music l F Live Music Hilton Coylumbridge, Aviemore. l Hilton Coylumbridge, Aviemore. 8.30pm. 8.30pm. www.visitcairngorms.com
Lounge Bar Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. 9.30-11.30pm. T: 01479 810233. www.cairngorm.com
Every Thursday F Kingussie Health Walk l
Group Badenoch Centre. 10.30-11.30am. T: 01540 661878. F Carrbridge Health l Walk Group Meet by the Old Bridge, Carrbridge. 11am-12pm. T: 01479 841749. F Aviemore Health Walk l Group Myrtlefield Car Park, near Mike’s Bikes. 1.30-2.30pm. T: 01479 810519. Junior Youth Club YMCA Community Centre, Grantown on Spey. 6.30-8pm. T: 01479 872262. www.grantowncommunitycentre.org F Live Music & Dancing l with Ronnie Douglas Duke of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie. 8.30-10.30pm. www.dukeofgordonhotel.co.uk F Live Music with Tweed l or Anne Dickson Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. 9.30pm. F Live Music l Hilton Coylumbridge, Aviemore. 8.30-10.30pm. T: 01479 810661. www.hiltonaviemore.com F Heritage In Action l Days Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore. 11am-4pm. T: 01540 673551. www.highlandfolk.com
what’s on august 2017
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Vinyasa Yoga Dell of Abernethy, Nethybridge. 6.30-7.30pm. T: 07807 670927. email@example.com
what’s on august 2017 things to do
Every Friday Yoga Boat of Garten Community Centre. 9.45-10.45am. (not the 7th or 28th) T: 07958 463259. firstname.lastname@example.org Community Cafe Grantown YMCA Community Centre, Grantown on Spey. 10am-2pm. T: 01479 872262. www.grantowncommunitycentre.org F Glen Tanar Health l Walk Glen Tanar Visitor Centre. 10-11.30am. T: 01339 886072. F Tomintoul Health l Walk Tomnabat Court. 10-11am. T: 01807 590689. Y-Engage YMCA Community Centre, Grantown on Spey. 7-9pm. T: 01479 872262. www.grantowncommunitycentre.org F Live Music l Hilton Coylumbridge, Aviemore. 8.30pm. Live Music with Carl Wilson Singer & Guitarist Duke of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie. 8.30-10.30pm. T: 01540 661302. F George Gordon l Entertains Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. 9.30pm. T: 01479 810233. F Free Entry to Event l 10
Every Saturday Aviemore Parkrun Speyside Way, Dalfaber Drive, Aviemore. 9.20am. T: 01479 873918. www.parkrun.org.uk/aviemore F Glass Fusing Studio l Open Afternoon The Trove, Newtonmore. 2-4pm. T: 07921 729249. www.fusedandlight.co.uk Robinson Crusoe Show Macdonald Aviemore Resort. 2-4pm. T: 0344 8799152. www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk Live Music with Nigel Dyson Singer & Guitarist Duke of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie, 8.30pm. T: 01540 661302. F Live Music l Hilton Coylumbridge, Aviemore. 8.30pm. F Anne Dickson Band, l Davy Holt and Ruairidh Maclean Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. 9.30-11.30pm. T: 01479 810233. www.cairngorm.com F l
www.shinty.com Friday 4th August Kingussie 1sts v Newtonmore The Dell, Kingussie. 6pm.
Saturday 12th August Newtonmore 1sts v Glasgow mid Argyll The Eilan, Newtonmore. 2.30pm. Kingussie 2nds v Kinlochshiel The Dell, Kingussie. 2.30pm.
Saturday 19th August Kingussie 1sts v Glasgow mid Argyll The Dell, Kingussie. 3pm. Kingussie 2nds v Skye The Dell, Kingussie. 12pm.
Saturday 26th August Kingussie 1sts v Kinlochshiel The Dell, Kingussie. 2.30pm. Strathspey v Lovat Grantown Grammer School. 1.30pm.
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Music with Accordionist Ruairidh Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. 6-8pm. T: 01479 810233. F Live Music l Hilton Coylumbridge, Aviemore. 8.30pm. F Scottish Night with l Ceilidh Dancing Duke of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie, 8.30pm. T: 01540 661302.
Saturday 5th Aug Ladies’ Open Abernethy Golf Club, Nethy Bridge. 9am. T: 01479 821305. email@example.com Scottish Nine Hole Opens Carrbridge Golf Club, Carrbridge. 8am-4pm. T: 01479 841623. www.carrbridgegolf.co.uk
Sunday 6th August Ladies Stableford Open Kingussie Golf Club. 10am-2.30pm. T: 01560 661600. www.kingussie-golf.co.uk Junior Open Carrbridge Golf Club, Carrbridge. 8am-4pm. T: 01479 841623. www.carrbridgegolf.co.uk
Tuesday 8th August Senior (55+) Stableford Open Kingussie Golf Club. T: 01540 661600. www.kingussiegolfclub.co.uk
Saturday 12th August Kingussie Open Kingussie Golf Club. 7am-4.30pm. www.kingussiegolfclub.co.uk
Sunday 13th August Mens’ Open Golf Competition Abernethy Golf Club, Nethy Bridge. 9am. T: 01479 821305. firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 27th August Louise Mixed Foursomes Abernethy Golf Club, Nethy Bridge. 9am. T: 01479 821305. email@example.com
Details correct at time of going to press - please note events may change.
what’s on august 2017
5th-12 August Newtonmore Golf Week Golf Course Road, Newtonmore. 8am-5.30pm. T: 01540 673878. www.newtonmoregolf.com
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Picnic in the Park
insider’s guide things to do
ack your hamper with goodies and head off to one of Scotland’s best summer picnic areas - the Cairngorms National Park.
Covering over 4000 square kilometres of stunning, unspoilt countryside, the Cairngorms National Park is only two hours drive from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling and an hour or less from Aberdeen, Dundee and Inverness. So, no matter where in Scotland you live, you can enjoy the freedom, fresh air and fun of a picnic in one of our country’s biggest and best parks. And, if you stop off at one of the many excellent shops or delis in the Cairngorms area, you can also enjoy delicious, locally-produced food in its natural environment. What better way to celebrate the Year of Natural Scotland? To whet your appetite, here are ten spots which provide the perfect setting for al fresco summer dining in the great outdoors of the Cairngorms National Park...
Loch an Eilein, Rothiemurchus, Aviemore Voted Britain’s Best Picnic Spot a couple of years ago, Loch an Eilein is a great location for outdoor eating. The loch, complete with its mysterious castle, is surrounded ancient Scots Pines - the perfect setting for after-lunch tales of lost princesses, mysterious creatures and mythical battles. Glen Tilt, Blair Atholl The Glen Tilt Trail, which begins in the Glen Tilt car park, is a ten-mile low-level walk following the spectacular River Tilt - but you don’t need to go all the way to find a picnic spot. There are potential picnic places all along the glen - simply throw down your table cloth to claim your river-view dining table. Glen Doll, Glen Clova, by Kirriemuir Hidden away at the top of Glen Clova, Glen Doll car park is the ideal location for a drive-to picnic. As well as picnic tables set up along the riverside, conveniently next to the car park, the Ranger Base provides information about the landscape and wildlife of the surrounding hills and glens - and toilets. Loch Lee, Glen Esk, by Edzell After parking at Invermark at the head of Glen Esk, half an hour’s gentle walking is rewarded with the idyllic sight of Loch Lee. The ruined church adds to the tranquillity of the loch’s surroundings, home to a diverse range of wildlife - in the air (look out for golden eagles) and on the ground (look out slow worms).
Blair Castle Gardens, Blair Atholl The entrance fee of £13.50 for a family day ticket to the castle’s extensive gardens offers good value as there’s so much to do. Exploring the walled garden (complete with a life-size statue of Hercules), the woodland children’s adventure playground, the gothic folly and the sculpture trail will certainly work up an appetite! Loch Insh, Kincraig If you’re looking for a picnic spot with the added bonus of canoeing, rowing and windsurfing, Loch Insh is perfect. Or, if you prefer a quieter spot where you can watch waterbirds drifting around on quiet, still waters, opt for the quieter end of the loch, near the village of Kincraig. Abernethy National Nature Reserve, Nethybridge Ospreys are the potential star attraction of a picnic lunch at Abernethy National Nature Reserve, home of the Loch Garten ospreys, as well as dragonflies, red squirrels and several species of rare birds. Find out more at the RSPB’s Osprey Centre (family ticket £10), which also has toilets, baby changing facilities and refreshments. Toilets are also available at the nearby Explore Abernethy Visitor Centre.
Bellabeg, Strathdon The picnic area in the small but perfectly formed village of Bellabeg is well worth a visit - and there’s the added attraction of searching for the signpost pointing to the hamlet of Lost! And, if you plan your picnic at Bellabeg for August 24, you’ll have the added bonus of the Lonach Gathering. Loch Muick, Ballater
Old Bridge of Avon, Glen Livet Picnic tables on a grassy riverbank, nearby parking and wheelchair access make this a very accessible picnic spot - with a stunning view of the Old Bridge of Avon, built in 1754 and recently renovated.
The Spittal of Glen Muick has to have one of the most picturesque car parks in Scotland (complete with picnic tables) or why not walk to Loch Muick for lunch with a spectacular view? You might even catch sight of herds of red deer roaming across the valley floor. In addition, the visitor centre at Loch Muick provides information about local wildlife - and the weather forecast!
These are just a few of the fabulous places to picnic, and visit, in the Cairngorms National Park this summer. For more information, visit www.visitcairngorms.com Glen Tilt
Loch an Eilein
See www.visitcairngorms.com for more information on each of the villages in the area.
hereâ€™s a whole host of things to do in the Cairngorms National Park and more and more people are discovering just how special this place is. There are so many ways to make the most of our beautiful surroundings so what are you waiting for? See www.visitcairngorms.com for more ideas and offers.
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Strathspey Highland Ponies Rothiemurchus Aviemore
All levels of rider welcome w Rides organised according to ability w Exhilarating hacks over varied terrain w Spectacular scenery and wildlife All on fit, fun, active and good mannered mounts Book at Rothiemurchus Visitor Centre T: 01479 812345 (daytime) M: 07884 276368 www.rothiemurchus.net w
Mikes Bikes Aviemore
Visit our new Bike Hire Centre! Less than one minute from the Speyside Way Trail, Free Parking, Trail Maps, Adult and Junior Bikes, mountain bike guiding available Delivery also available around Badenoch and Strathspey
SHOW THIS WHATâ€™S ON GUIDE FOR A FULL DAY HIRE AT THE PRICE OF A HALF DAY. (VALID UNTIL 31/08/2017) Unit 17/12, Spey Valley Buisness Park Dalfaber Industrial Estate Dalfaber Drive, Aviemore PH22 1ST T - 01479 816212 E - firstname.lastname@example.org
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to do eat & drink
eat & drink
ook out for local produce & help reduce food miles within the Cairngorms National Park. We really are spoilt for choice. If you’re still stuck for ideas have a look at the next few pages and you’ll soon be inspired!
THE CROSS AT KINGUSSIE RIVERSIDE RESTAURANT WITH ROOMS
Fine Dining in the Cairngorms Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner AA Three Red Rosettes Good Food & Michelin Guides 2017 www.thecross.co.uk 01540 661166
Restaurant open 7.30am-9.30pm Lunch served Monday-Sunday 12-5pm Evening meals served 5-9:30pm Early Bird Voucher - Sun-Fri until 6.30pm 15% discount based on pre-booking & taking 2 Courses - booking essential
The Square (Castle Rd) Grantown 01479 872 836 n www.garthhotel.com
Cairngorm Hotel The Place to Eat and Meet Opposite Aviemore Railway Station
Great Freshly Prepared Food All Day Beers, Wines, Spirits & Malts
Bed & Highland Breakfast from £52
per person, per night
Grampian Road Aviemore 01479 810 233 n www.cairngorm.com
eat & drink
In the lively Lounge, All Day ‘til Late with Regular Entertainment + Live TV Sports
Boat of Garten - Tel: 01479 831 466
Restaurant Open Tues - Sun 6 - 8:30pm Reservations recommended
Family Run hotel with a warm and friendly atmosphere. Freshly prepared food using local and seasonal produce. Large selection of Wines, Malts and Gins. Loch Alvie, by Aviemore - 2 miles south on B9152
T: 01479 810 207
Royal Tandoori Restaurant and Take-away
Local, Seasonal, Creative Food, Relaxed & Informal Dining Experience.
OPEN 7 DAYS
Authentic Indian Cuisines Three Course Business Lunch ~ £7.95 10% Discount on Take-away Meals A La Carte Menu Freshly Prepared Coffees Private Function Room ~ Ideal For Stag, Hen Or Birthday Parties
Tel: 01479 811199 or 01479 811118
43 Grampian Road, Aviemore PH22 1RH www.royaltandoori.uk.com
* LUNCH SPECIAL ~ Monday to Saturday, daily changing blackboard menu, 2 courses £12.99, 3 courses £15.99 (Normal menu also available. Closed Tuesdays.)
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e have a superb choice of quality accommodation in the area. Use the accommodation finder on www.visitcairngorms.com to help plan your trip and keep an eye on the special offers page for last minute deals and great savings.
2 nights from £195 Stylish self-catering bungalows in Aviemore. 3 & 4 star available. From 1-4 bedrooms. All have TV, DVD, free view channels & Wi-Fi. BBQ, own garden & drive. Some with sauna, wood burner, designer kitchen & flat screen TV. Pets welcome in allocated properties. Guests discounted golf & leisure nearby.
STB HHH & HHHH. Colour brochure & Virtual Tours.
Great North Lodges Cairngorm Highland Bungalows Beautifully furnished and equipped 1, 2, 3 & 4 bedroomed bungalows sleeping 2 - 8. Open fires. Mountain views, pets welcome, Leisure Club/Golf facilities available. Easy walking distance to Aviemore. S.T.B. 3H - 4H Contact Linda Murray Tel: 01479 810653 www.cairngorm-bungalows.co.uk
Group of luxury self catering lodges. Set in fantastic locations, throughout the Spey Valley, within the Cairngorms National Park, Scotland. We cater for all tastes, budgets and party sizes from 1 guest up to 23 guests. (Pets Welcome). Most of our lodges have log fires and wonderful outside Hot Tubs, many have luxury extras, including Saunas, Sky TV, Wi-Fi Internet access and much, much more. www.greatnorthlodges.co.uk firstname.lastname@example.org “Book Online” or call our Aviemore Office on 01479 812266
shopping and crafts
shopping and crafts
here are lots of specialist shops throughout the area where you can find everything you need from outdoor kit to gifts for friends, or even a treat for yourself!
LOCH-AN-EILEIN POTTERY Rothiemurchus, Aviemore PH22 1QP
Hand thrown terracotta pottery by Penny Weir. Open by appointment ‘Throw Your Own’ on Thursdays, £15 a shot. Open Daily - Please phone Penny for opening times & workshop details. 01479 810837 email@example.com www.penspots.co.uk
tel: 01479 810165 email: firstname.lastname@example.org web: www.silverglades.co.uk
Published on Jul 25, 2017