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elcome to What’s On, your free events guide for the Cairngorms National Park. This January/ February edition is jam packed with things to do for all the family to ensure you start 2019 with a bang! You’ll also find a fabulous choice of recommendations for where to eat, drink and stay to get the most out of your trip. If you’re looking for a memorable way to see in the New Year, then why not brave the cold waters at Loch Insh for a charity ‘loony dook’? Remember to claim your dippers’ discount on your bacon sarnie afterwards in the cafe! Or what about ushering in 2019 with a cobwebblasting 10k walk in Newtonmore to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Wildcat Trail? Join fellow walkers for shortbread and mulled wine at finishing line! As wellbeing consultant Wendy Palmer-Grove will tell you, at her New Year talks at the Grant Arms in Grantown, there is no better tonic than nature to soothe the pressures of hectic modern lives. One of our top picks at this time of year is the Siberian Husky Sled Dog Rally on the 26th-27th January. ‘Mushers’ (drivers) gather here from all over the UK in the forests around Aviemore and it’s a stunning spectacle to behold, the largest of its kind in the UK. If you love art and want to revel in the wintry season’s hues, then head to James Gordon’s ‘Winter’ photography exhibition in Chapel House Arts in Kingussie. Alternatively, for January and February, the Butterworth Gallery is showcasing new miniature Scottish fine art images. So, whether it’s high octane, adrenaline fuelled activities you’re after, or more chilled out ways to pass your precious time, then the Cairngorms has something for everyone.

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Calendar of Events

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ou are in an all year round destination with lots going Y 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

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23rd-24th February Cairngorm Ski Club Open Ski Races Cairngorm Mountain, Aviemore. www.snowsportscotland.org

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Exhibition The Butterworth Gallery, Ballogie, Aboyne. 11am-4pm. T: 01339 886104. www.thebutterworthgallery.com

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Sled Dog Rally Glenmore, Aviemore. Mondays & Saturdays January www.siberianhuskyclub.org.uk

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28th February-3rd March

Winter Show Exhibition Chapel House Arts, Kingussie. 10am-4pm (1pm Saturdays). T: 07921 729249. www.chapelhousearts.co.uk

Braemar Mountain Festival Braemar. T: 01339 741675. www.braemarmountainfestival.com

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19th-20th January The Lecht Open Ski Races The Lecht 2090 Ski Centre, Tomintoul. www.snowsportscotland.org

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2nd-3rd February Glenshee Open Ski Races Glenshee Ski Centre, Glenshee. www.snowsportscotland.org F Free Entry to Event l 4

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Sunday 30th December F Evening Talk: Trinidad l

and Tobago - Home of the Hummingbird by Ashley Grove Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown on Spey. 8.30-10pm. T: 01479 872526.

Monday 31st December Hogmanay Dinner & Dance The Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. Booking essential. www.cairngorm.com/festive-specials Hogmanay 2018 Party Ballater Golf Club. 7pm-1am. Tickets in advance: T: 013397 55567. Hogmanay Party in the Square Grantown on Spey. 8pm-late. info@grantownonline.com Boat of Garten Hogmanay Ceilidh Boat of Garten Community Hall. 8pm-1am. www.boatofgarten.com/hall Kincraig Hogmanay Dance with Band ‘Calamin’ Kincraig Community Hall. 8pm-1am. Hogmanay Hootenanny Victoria & Albert Halls, Ballater. 8pm. www.victoriaandalberthalls.co.uk Live Music with Gillie The Winking Owl, Aviemore. 9pm. www.thewinkingowl.co

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Wildcat Trail New Year’s Day Walk The Wildcat Centre, Newtonmore. 10am-4pm. T: 01540 673131. Dare to Dip! Fundraiser for Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Loch Insh Watersports, Kincraig. 11am. www.lochinsh.com Kingussie Shinty Festival Veteran’s Match Market Stance, Kingussie. 1pm. Live Music with Beezer Cairn Hotel, Carrbridge. 3pm. www.cairnhotel.co.uk F Evening Talk: Stop… l And Take A Moment. Nature Is The Finest Wellbeing Tonic! by Wendy Palmer-Grove Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown on Spey. 8.30-10pm. T: 01479 872526. www.bwwc.co.uk

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Friday 4th January Live Music with Gilly The Winking Owl, Aviemore. 9pm. T: 01479 812368. www.thewinkingowl.co F l

Saturday 5th January Fitnessat58degrees New Year Bootcamp GlenFeshie. www.fitnessat58.co.uk F Live Music with The l Cowans The Winking Owl, Aviemore. 9pm. T: 01479 812368. www.thewinkingowl.co

Sunday 6th January New Year Family Ramble Glen Doll Ranger Base, Glen Clova, Kirriemuir. 11am -3pm. T: 01575 550233. http://bit.ly/RangerEventClova Loch Morlich 5k Winter Fun Run Loch Morlich. 12pm. http://bit.ly/WinterFunRun

Friday 11th January Festive Party Night with Torridon Macdonald Aviemore Resort, Aviemore. 7.30pm-1am. T: 03448 799152. www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/offers/ christmas-party-nights-in-aviemore Auld New Year Celebrations Blair Atholl Village Hall. 8pm. http://bit.ly/AuldNewYear F Live Music with Tweed l

The Winking Owl, Aviemore. 9pm. T: 01479 812368. www.thewinkingowl.co www.visitcairngorms.com

Strathspey Thistle v Fort William Highland League Football Match Seafield Park, Grantown on Spey. 3pm. www.facebook.com/strathspeythistlefc F Live Music with l

The La La Birds The Winking Owl, Aviemore. 9pm. T: 01479 812368. www.thewinkingowl.co

Thursday 17th January F Evening Talk: Wildlife l

& Landscapes of the Falkland Islands by James Fenton Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown on Spey. 8.30-10pm. T: 01479 872526. www.bwwc.co.uk

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The Winking Owl, Aviemore. 9pm. T: 01479 812368. www.thewinkingowl.co

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Hogmanay, with Shaka Loves You, Pro Vinylist Karim and O.C. The Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore. 10pm-2am. Tickets on the door, 1st come 1st served. www.oldbridgeinn.co.uk New Year’s Eve Torch Parade followed by Fireworks Meet Glen/Balavil Hotel, Newtonmore. 11.30pm. Fireworks Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. 12am. T: 01479 810233.

Advie Hall Burns Night Advie Hall, Advie, Grantown on Spey. 7.30pm. T: 07701 078207 or T: 01807 510308. F Live Music with Gilly l

The Winking Owl, Aviemore. 9pm. T: 01479 812368. www.thewinkingowl.co F Free Entry to Event l

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Monday 21st January F Evening Talk: The Tale l

of Mr Little Owl by Gary Jones Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown on Spey. 8.30-10pm. T: 01479 872526. www.bwwc.co.uk

Wednesday 23rd January Free Emergency Life Support Training including CPR and Defibrillator St Andrews Church, Aviemore. 7.30-9.30pm. T: 01479 810990. http://bit.ly/Lucky2BeHere

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Strathmashie Talk with Mignonne Khazaka Laggan Hall, Laggan. 7.30-10pm. T: 01528 544722.

Friday 25th January

Boat Talks: Springtime in Japan with Dougie Burns Boat of Garten Community Hall. 7.30pm. www.boatofgarten.com/hall

Friday 8th February The Boat Reel: A Star Is Born [15] (2018) Boat of Garten Community Hall. 7.30pm. www.boatofgarten.com/hall F Live Music with l

The Cowans The Winking Owl, Aviemore. 9pm. T: 01479 812368. www.thewinkingowl.co

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Friday 1st February

Movie Night: Zabardast & The Empire of Winds Glenmore Lodge, Aviemore, 7-9.30pm. http://bit.ly/Zabardast F Live Music with Scott l MacDonald The Winking Owl, Aviemore. 9pm. T: 01479 812368. www.thewinkingowl.co

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Tiger by Craig Jones Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown on Spey. Saturday 9th February 8.30-10pm. T: 01479 872526. F Live Music with RANT www.bwwc.co.uk l The Winking Owl, Aviemore. 9pm. T: 01479 812368. February www.thewinkingowl.co

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Skimo Scotland Ski Mountaineering Race Glenshee Ski Centre. 12-6pm. www.skimoscotland.co.uk

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Thursday 24th January

Saturday 26th January

Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again Victoria and Albert Halls, Ballater. 7(doors)-9.30pm. www.ballaterfilms.co.uk Kincraig Burn’s Night Celebration Kincraig Community Hall. Time TBC. T: 01540 651268. F Live Music with Scott l MacDonald The Winking Owl, Aviemore. 9pm. T: 01479 812368. www.thewinkingowl.co

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The Winking Owl, Aviemore. 9pm. T: 01479 812368. www.thewinkingowl.co

Saturday 2nd February Strathspey Thistle v Keith Highland League Football Match Seafield Park, Grantown on Spey. 3pm. www.facebook.com/strathspeythistlefc F Live Music with Keith l Mair The Winking Owl, Aviemore. 9pm. T: 01479 812368. www.thewinkingowl.co

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Winter Mountain Safety Lecture Tiso, Aviemore. Time TBC. www.mountaineering.scot F Evening Talk: Scilly l

Sojourns by Richard Pegler Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown on Spey. 8.30-10pm. T: 01479 872526. www.bwwc.co.uk

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Night The Winking Owl, Aviemore. 9pm. T: 01479 812368. www.thewinkingowl.co

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Live Music with Mothers Ruin The Winking Owl, Aviemore. 9pm. T: 01479 812368. www.thewinkingowl.co

Wednesday 27th February

Live Music with Scott MacDonald The Winking Owl, Aviemore. 9pm. T: 01479 812368. www.thewinkingowl.co

Saturday 16th February Strathspey Thistle v Lossiemouth Highland League Football Match Seafield Park, Grantown on Spey. 3pm. www.facebook.com/strathspeythistlefc Murder Mystery Event The Strathspey Hotel, Aviemore. 7-11pm. Tickets: 03448 799152. Valentine’s Quiz Glenbuchat Hall. 7pm. www.facebook.com/GlenbuchatHall

Sunday 17th February

The Boat Reel: Edie [12A] (2018) Boat of Garten Community Hall. 7.30pm. www.boatofgarten.com/hall

Saturday 23rd February Bohemian Rhapsody Film Showing Victoria & Albert Halls, Ballater. 7-10pm. F Live Music with Scott l MacDonald The Winking Owl, Aviemore. 9pm. T: 01479 812368. www.thewinkingowl.co

Free Emergency Life Support Training including CPR & Defibrillator St Andrews Church, Aviemore. 7.30-9.30pm. T: 01479 810990. http://bit.ly/Lucky2BeHere F l

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The Winking Owl, Aviemore. 9pm. T: 01479 812368. www.thewinkingowl.co January & February are full of events but don’t forget there are activities running all month to get you out into the great outdoors. See adverts throughout the magazine for details.

Tracks ‘n Trails Glen Doll Ranger Base, Glen Clova, Kirriemuir. 11am-2pm. T: 01575 550233. http://bit.ly/RangerEvent

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Diseases and Other Animals by Mike Dilger Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown on Spey. 8.30-10pm. T: 01479 872526. www.bwwc.co.uk

Thursday 21st February Evening Talk: Why Feather Trumps Fur by Mike Dilger Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown on Spey. 8.30-10pm. T: 01479 872526. www.bwwc.co.uk F l

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Ballroom Dancing with Kenny Nairn The Duke of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie. 8.30-10.45pm. www.dukeofgordonhotel.co.uk F Live Music l Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. 9.30pm. T: 01479 810233.

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Hilton Coylumbridge, Aviemore. 8.30pm. F Live Music with Tweed l Winking Owl, Aviemore. 9pm. F Live Music with Davy l

Holt Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. 9.30-11.30pm. T: 01479 810233. www.cairngorm.com

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Holt Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. 9.30pm. T: 01479 810233.

Every Saturday Aviemore Parkrun 5km Timed Walk/Run Route 7 Cafe, Aviemore. 9.30am (run brief 9.20am). T: 01479 873918. www.parkrun.org.uk/aviemore 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 Live Music l Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. 9.30-11.30pm. T: 01479 810233. www.cairngorm.com F l

Junior Youth Club YMCA Community Centre, Granstown on Spey. Community Lunch 6.30-8pm. T: 01479 872262. Boat of Garten Village Hall. 12.30-1.30pm. www.bit.ly/BoatLunch www.grantowncommunitycentre.org F Ballroom Dancing with F Live Music with George l l Kenny Nairn Gordon The Duke of Gordon Hotel, The Duke of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie. 8.30-10.45pm. Kingussie. 8.30-10.45pm. www.dukeofgordonhotel.co.uk www.dukeofgordonhotel.co.uk F Live Music l F Live Music l Hilton Coylumbridge, Aviemore. Hilton Coylumbridge, Aviemore. 8.30pm. 8.30-10.30pm. T: 01479 810661. Every Sunday Quiz Night www.hiltonaviemore.com F Live Music with Anne l Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. F Live Music with Tweed l & Calum 9.30pm. T: 01479 810233. Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. 9.30pm. Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. 6-8pm. Every Wednesday T: 01479 810233. Every Friday F Live Music Community Cafe l Community Cafe St Andrews Church Hall, Aviemore. Hilton Coylumbridge, Aviemore. YMCA Community Centre, 10am-4pm. 8.30pm. Grantown on Spey. 10am-2pm. F Scottish Night with Rotary Club of Spey Valley T: 01479 872262. l Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. Ceilidh Dancing www.grantowncommunitycentre.org 6-8.15pm. T: 01479 810233. Duke of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie, F Live Music l www.speyvalley.rotary1010.org 8.30pm. T: 01540 661302. Hilton Coylumbridge, Aviemore. The Killiecrankies Cabaret 8.30pm. Details correct at time Band Live Music with Carl Duke of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie. of going to press 8.30-10.30pm. T: 01540 661302. Wilson Singer & Guitarist please note events may Duke of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie. F Free Entry to Event l 8.30-10.30pm. T: 01540 661302. change.

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ook out for local produce & help LCairngorms reduce food miles within the 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

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Fine Dining in the Cairngorms Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner AA Three Red Rosettes Good Food & Michelin Guides 2019 www.thecross.co.uk 01540 661166

Royal Tandoori Restaurant and Take-away OPEN 7 DAYS

Lunch 12noon-2pm

Evening 5-10.30pm

Authentic Indian Cuisines Three Course Business Lunch ~ £8.95 10% Discount on Take-away Meals A La Carte Menu Freshly Prepared Coffees Private Function Room ~ Ideal For Stag, Hen Or Birthday Parties

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Tel: 01479 811199 or 01479 811118

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43 Grampian Road, Aviemore PH22 1RH www.royaltandoori.uk.com

Thurs 3rd-Fri 4th, Sat 5th, Fri 25-Sat 26th

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Fri 1st-Sat 2nd, Fri 8-Sat 9th, Thurs 14-Fri 15th, Sat 16th, Fri 22nd-Sat 23rd

& RESTAURANT 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

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Booking Essential T: 01479 810270 info@delimairaviemore.co.uk Grampian Road, Aviemore, PH22 1RH

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Cairngorm Hotel The Place to Eat and Meet Opposite Aviemore Railway Station

Great Freshly Prepared Food All Day Beers, Wines, Spirits & Malts

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Bed & Highland Breakfast from £54 pppn Book Direct on 01479 810233 to Guarantee The Best Prices

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