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elcome to the Cairngorms National Park and the May/June edition of the 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. We have a bumper edition of the What’s On this month with hundreds of events happening throughout the Park. The famous Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival returns at the start of May, tickets are selling out fast so don’t delay! Braemar has a brand new festival of Photography from the 4-6th May with a series of talks and workshops happening over the bank holiday weekend. From the 11th-13h May the Cairngorms Nature Big Weekend has heaps of events which will inspire people of all ages to get out into nature! May and June sees the return of the the Ballater Walking Festival and the Moray Walking & Outdoor Festival so be sure to check those out. Finally don’t forget to pop by the Scottish Hydro Golf Challenge at Spey Valley at the end of June with free admission! The Cairngorms National Park has something for everyone.

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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

SOSWF: The Glenlivet BIG Breakfast Glenlivet Distillery. 10-11am. Booking essential. www.spiritofspeyside.com

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Photography Summer Exhibition Corgarff Community Hall, Strathdon. 10am-5pm. T: 07501 086882. www.gerardmurphy.co.uk

3rd-7th May Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival (SOSWF) Various Locations. See daily listings. T: 07789 671635. www.spiritofspeyside.com SOSWF: Glenlivet Smugglers’ One Life Livet Tour Glenlivet. 10am-4pm. Booking Essential. www.spiritofspeyside.com SOSWF: Angels’ Nectar Whisky Caching A secret location in, Grantown on Spey & Tomintoul. 9am-9pm. T: 07811 640778. www.spiritofspeyside.com SOSWF: Speyside Distillery Tour & Tasting Speyside Distillery, Kingussie. Various times. Booking essential. www.spiritofspeyside.com F Free Entry to Event l

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Ballater Golf Week Ballater Golf Course. www.ballatergolfclub.co.uk

12-28th May Creative Cairngorms Exhibition Iona Gallery, Kingussie. 1-5pm. T: 01540 673486. www.creativecairngorms.co.uk F l

19-28th May Ballater Walking Festival Various Locations. www.walkballater.com

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4th-6th May Braemar Photography Festival St Margaret’s, Braemar. www.stmargaretsbraemar.org.uk

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Strathspey in the Great War Museum, Grantown on Spey. 10am-5pm. T: 01479 872478. www.grantownmuseum.co.uk

2nd-30th June Cairngorms Nature BIG F Weekend (CNBW) l Exhibition: Highland Various locations. See daily listings. Collection 2 www.cairngormsnaturebigweekend.com Iona Gallery, Kingussie. 1-5pm. T: 01540 673422. 12th-13th May www.theionagallery.co.uk CNBW: Self Guided 8th-10th June Orienteering! Glenmore Visitors Centre, Fiddler of Strathspey Aviemore. 10am-4pm. Festival www.cairngormsnaturebigweekend.com Throughout Grantown on Spey. www.thegrantownsociety.org MAKE SURE

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15th-24th June Moray Walking & Outdoor Festival Throughout Morayshire. T: 07764 615517. www.moraywalkoutdoorfest.co.uk

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23rd-24th June Woolly Weekend: From Lamb to Loom Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore. 10.30am-4pm. T: 01540 673551. www.highlandfolk.com

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SOSWF: Whisky Master Class - Old Malt Cask The Richmond Memorial Hall, Tomintoul. 6-9pm. Booking essential. www.spiritofspeyside.com F Cairngorm CC Social l Bike Ride (Grantown) Folk Museum Car Park, Grantown on Spey. 6.30-8.30pm. www.cairngormcc.co.uk F Evening Talk: The l Raptor - Monitoring Season Through the Lens Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown on Spey. 8.30-10pm. T: 01479 872526. www.bwwc.co.uk

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Monday 30th April Ranger Event: Walk with a Warden RSPB Insh Marshes, Kingussie. 9.30am-1pm. Booking essential. T: 01540 661518. insh@rspb.org.uk F Evening Talk: Birding l With Your Eyes Shut Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown on Spey. 8.30-10pm. T: 01479 872526. www.bwwc.co.uk

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Bustards Great And Small Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown on Spey. 8.30-10pm. T: 01479 872526. www.bwwc.co.uk

Thursday 3rd May SOSWF: Inver House Experience Balmenach Distillery, Cromdale. 9.20am. Booking essential. www.spiritofspeyside.com F SOSWF: Open Whisky l Tasting | Old Malt Cask The Whisky Castle, Tomintoul. 11am-4pm. www.spiritofspeyside.com

SOSWF: SPEY Whisky & Golf Boat of Garten Golf Course. 9am-3pm. Booking essential. www.spiritofspeyside.com F SOSWF: Angels’ Nectar l Whisky Tasting Elephants in the Pantry, Grantown on Spey. 11am-4pm. T: 07811 640778. www.angelsnectar.co.uk F SOSWF: Open Whisky l Tasting - Peter MacKay | Carn Mor The Whisky Castle, Tomintoul. 11am-4pm. www.spiritofspeyside.com SOSWF: SPEY Whisky Tasting Boat of Garten Golf Course. 11.30am-12.30pm. Booking essential. www.spiritofspeyside.com SOSWF: Distillery Tour, Lunch & Tasting ‘The RUBY BLACK’ Speyside Distillery, Kingussie. 12.30-2pm. Booking essential. www.spiritofspeyside.com SOSWF: Manager’s Choice Limited Editions Tour &

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Tasting Speyside Distillery, Kingussie. 2.30-4pm. Booking essential. www.spiritofspeyside.com SOSWF: Whisky Master Class - Peter MacKay | Carn Mor The Richmond Memorial Hall, Tomintoul. 6-9pm. www.spiritofspeyside.com SOSWF: Grantown’s Kilted Dramble YMCA, Grantown on Spey. 7-9.30pm. Booking essential. www.spiritofspeyside.com SOSWF: Whisky, Heritage & Haggis Duke of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie. 7-9.30pm. Booking essential. www.spiritofspeyside.com SOSWF: Muckrach and Gordon & MacPhail Whisky Dinner Muckrach Lodge, Dulnain Bridge. 7-10pm. Booking essential. www.spiritofspeyside.com SOSWF: Skerryvore & Banjo Lounge 4 play at The Glenlivet The Glenlivet Distillery. 7.30-11.30pm. www.spiritofspeyside.com

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Macdonald Hotels and Resorts Spey Valley Golf Club, Dalfaber, Aviemore. 7.30am. T: 07899 940011. www.europeantour.com/challengetour

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Whisky Tasting The Whisky Castle, Tomintoul. 10.30am-1pm. T: 07811 640778. www.angelsnectar.co.uk Ranger Event: Wildlife Walk Glen Doll Ranger Base, Kirriemuir. 11am-3pm. Booking essential. T: 01575 550233. glendollranger@angusalive.scot F Free Entry to Event l

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SOSWF: The Open Day at The Glenlivet Distillery & Free bus Glenlivet Distillery. 11am-5pm. Booking essential. www.spiritofspeyside.com SOSWF: SPEY Whisky & Food Pairing Speyside Distillery, Kingussie. 12.15-2pm. Booking essential. www.spiritofspeyside.com SOSWF: The Glenlivet - Off Road Smugglers’ Trails Glenlivet Distillery. 1-3pm. Booking essential. www.spiritofspeyside.com F SOSWF: Open Whisky l Tasting - Tomintoul Distillery The Whisky Castle, Tomintoul. 2-5pm. www.spiritofspeyside.com SOSWF: Making Sense of Whisky - Tasting Glenlivet Distillery. 2-3pm. Booking essential. www.spiritofspeyside.com SOSWF: Let the Fun beGIN with the Scottish Gin Society The Richmond Memorial Hall, Tomintoul. 2-3pm. Booking essential. www.spiritofspeyside.com SOSWF: SPEY on the Strathspey Steam Train The Strathspey Railway, Aviemore. 2.35-4.25pm. Booking essential. www.spiritofspeyside.com SOSWF: Whisky Master Class - Tomintoul Distillery Whisky Castle, Tomintoul. 6-9pm. Booking essential. www.spiritofspeyside.com SOSWF: Muckrach and Gordon & MacPhail Whisky Dinner Muckrach Lodge, Dulnain Bridge. F Free Entry to Event l

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7-10pm. Booking essential. www.spiritofspeyside.com

Sunday 6th May Cairngorms Farmers Market The Square, Grantown on Spey. 10am-4pm. T: 07708 169813. www.facebook.com/ CairngormFarmersMarket Ranger Event: Peregrine Watch Glen Doll Ranger Base, Kirriemuir. 11am-3pm. T: 01575 550233. glendollranger@angusalive.scot F SOSWF: Open Whisky l Tasting - Gordon & MacPhail Whisky Castle, Tomintoul. 11am-4pm. www.spiritofspeyside.com F Nethy Bridge Spring l Gathering Playing fields, Nethy Bridge. 12.30-4pm. T: 01479 821400. www.nethybridge.com SOSWF: Distillery Tour, Lunch & Tasting ‘The RUBY BLACK’ Speyside Distillery, Kingussie. 12.30-2pm. Booking essential. www.spiritofspeyside.com SOSWF: Angels’ Share Glass Blowing Whisky Castle, Tomintoul. 2-3pm. Booking essential. www.spiritofspeyside.com SOSWF: Byron’s Gin Taste & Serve Speyside Distillery, Kingussie. 3-4pm. Booking essential. www.spiritofspeyside.com SOSWF: Whisky Master Class - Benromach Distillery The Richmond Memorial Hall, Tomintoul. Booking essential. www.spiritofspeyside.com F l

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Live Music: Jenny Sturgeon with Jonny Hardie & Charlie McKerron St. Margaret’s, Braemar. 8pm. Booking essential. www.stmargaretsbraemar.org.uk The Cuban Brothers, Bank Holiday Special The Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore. 9pm-1am. Booking essential. T: 01479 811137. www.oldbridgeinn.co.uk

Tuesday 8th May Inverallan Social Dancing Inverallan Church Hall, Grantown on Spey. 7.30-10pm. T: 01479 851353.

Wednesday 9th May Newtonmore and District Floral Art Club St Brides Church Hall, Newtonmore. 7.30-9.30pm. Lynda.coles@hotmail.com

Thursday 10th May Live Music: Ewan McLennan The Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore. 7.30-10.30pm. Booking essential. T: 01479 811137. www.oldbridgeinn.co.uk

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Skills Day Laggan Wolftrax. 10am-2pm. No Booking required. www.cairngormsnaturebigweekend.com CNBW: BIG Weekend Film Night Braemar Village Hall. 7-9.30pm. www.cairngormsnaturebigweekend.com CNBW: Rewilding & Repeopling | Evening Talk Boat of Garten Community Hall. 7-9:30pm. www.cairngormsnaturebigweekend.com

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Saturday 12th May Bike Event: Aviemore 100 Forestry Commission Hayfield, Aviemore. T: 01463 701195. www.aviemorebikes.co.uk/aviemore-100 CNBW: Canoeing the River Spey Knockando Old Train Station, Grantown on Spey. 9am-4pm. www.cairngormsnaturebigweekend.com F CNBW: Kinveachy l Estates Tour Kinveachy Lodge, Aviemore. 10am-12pm. www.cairngormsnaturebigweekend.com F CNBW: Bug Hotel Build l At Braemar Nature Trail Braemar Hub. 10am-1pm. www.cairngormsnaturebigweekend.com F CNBW: Golden & Sea l Eagles Static & Flying Displays Braemar Hub. 10am-4pm. www.cairngormsnaturebigweekend.com CNBW: Bat & Bird Box Building Braemar Hub. 10am-4pm. www.cairngormsnaturebigweekend.com F CNBW: Guided Off l Road Bike Ride To Derry Lodge Mar Lodge, Braemar. 10am-2pm. www.cairngormsnaturebigweekend.com CNBW: Insh Marshes - A Walk On The Wild Side Insh Nature Reserve, Insh. 10am-4pm. www.cairngormsnaturebigweekend.com

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Management Braemar Hub, Braemar. 10am-4pm. www.cairngormsnaturebigweekend.com F CNBW: Nature Crafty l Activities For Children Braemar Hub. 10am-4pm. www.cairngormsnaturebigweekend.com F CNBW: Volunteer In l The Woodlands Of Mar Lodge Linn of Dee, Braemar. 10am-12.30pm & 1-4pm. www.cairngormsnaturebigweekend.com F CNBW: Woolly Woods l Blair Atholl Visitor Centre, Blair Atholl. 10am-4pm. www.cairngormsnaturebigweekend.com CNBW: We’re going on a Bear Hunt! Glenmore Visitor Centre, Aviemore. 10am-4pm. www.cairngormsnaturebigweekend.com F CNBW: Marvellous l Moths & Powerful Pollinators Braemar Hub. 10am-4pm. www.cairngormsnaturebigweekend.com F CNBW: Tomintoul l Wildlife | Guided tour Glenmulliach Forest, Tomintoul. 10am-12pm & 1-3pm. www.cairngormsnaturebigweekend.com F CNBW: Tree Folklore l - Identifying Trees and Hearing Their Stories Braemar Hub. 10am-12pm & 2-4pm. www.cairngormsnaturebigweekend.com CNBW: Explore Glenmore Forest Through Orienteering! Hayfield Car Park, Glenmore, Aviemore. 10am-2pm. www.cairngormsnaturebigweekend.com F CNBW: Life in the l Undergrowth: Cairngorms Style

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Loch Garten, Boat of Garten. 10.30am-12.30pm. www.cairngormsnaturebigweekend.com CNBW: Ranger Event |Fairy May-hem! Loch Garten, Boat of Garten. 10.30am-4.30pm. www.cairngormsnaturebigweekend.com CNBW: Regenerating Caledonian Pine Woods Linn of Dee, Braemar. 11am-12pm & 1-2pm. www.cairngormsnaturebigweekend.com F CNBW: Poetry l Performance : Embrace Braemar Hub. 11.30am-1.30pm. www.cairngormsnaturebigweekend.com CNBW: 100 Yard Wildlife Walk Glen Tilt, Clova. 2-4pm. www.cairngormsnaturebigweekend.com CNBW: 100 Yard Wildlife Walk Blair Atholl Visitor Centre, Blair Atholl. 2-4pm. www.cairngormsnaturebigweekend.com F CNBW: Butterfly l Family Workshop Braemar Hub. 2-4pm. www.cairngormsnaturebigweekend.com F CNBW: How it flows l | Tomintoul River Restoration Project The Square, Tomintoul. 2-4pm. www.cairngormsnaturebigweekend.com F CNBW: Behind the l Scenes | Red Deer Management Balmoral, Braemar. 2-4pm. www.cairngormsnaturebigweekend.com CNBW: BIG Weekend Film Night Boat of Garten Community Hall. 7-9.30pm. www.cairngormsnaturebigweekend.com

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CNBW: Evening Mammal Watching Trip Rothiemurchus Estate, Aviemore. 8:30pm. www.cairngormsnaturebigweekend.com Jazz in the Village Carrbridge Village Hall. 8-10pm. Booking essential. T: 01968 679299. admin@millarandspencer.co.uk

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CNBW: Braemar Tourism Group Family Ceilidh Braemar Village Hall. 7.30-10.30pm. www.cairngormsnaturebigweekend.com CNBW: Evening Mammal Watching Trip Rothiemurchus Estate, Aviemore. 8.30pm. www.cairngormsnaturebigweekend.com

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King Of The Mountains Sportive Aboyne. www.komsportive.co.uk CNBW: Land Rover Safari Balmoral, Braemar. 6-8am. www.cairngormsnaturebigweekend.com CNBW: Speyside Wildlife Guided Wildlife Day Trip Spey Valley, Aviemore. 9am. www.cairngormsnaturebigweekend.com F CNBW: Blair Atholl l Volunteer Team Vegetation Management Blair Atholl Visitor Information Centre. 10am-12.30pm. www.cairngormsnaturebigweekend.com F CNBW: The Nature of l Farming Ruthven Farm, Tomintoul. 10am-12.30pm. www.cairngormsnaturebigweekend.com F CNBW: The Nature l of Farming Ruthven Farm, Tomintoul. 10am-12.30pm. www.cairngormsnaturebigweekend.com CNBW: We’re going on a Bear Hunt! Glenmore, Aviemore. 10am-4pm. www.cairngormsnaturebigweekend.com CNBW: Land Rover Hill Safari Braemar. 10am. www.cairngormsnaturebigweekend.com CNBW: Cairngorm Mountain Birds Walk What’s On l www. visitcairngorms.com

Cairngorm Mountain, Aviemore. 10am-1.30pm. www.cairngormsnaturebigweekend.com CNBW: Hidden Beasties Highland Wildlife Park, Kincraig. 10am-4pm. www.cairngormsnaturebigweekend.com F CNBW: Blair Atholl l Volunteer Team | Vegetation Management Blair Atholl Visitor Information Centre. 10.30-12.30pm. www.cairngormsnaturebigweekend.com CNBW: Fairy May-hem! Loch Garten, Boat of Garten. 10.30am-4.30pm. www.cairngormsnaturebigweekend.com CNBW: Creative Writing In The Cairngorms Garth Hotel, Grantown on Spey. 11am-4pm. www.cairngormsnaturebigweekend.com F CNBW: Wee Beasties l in the Big Woods Cambus O’ May, Ballater. 1.30-3.30pm. www.cairngormsnaturebigweekend.com F CNBW: Braemar l Community Hydro Project Corriemulzie (near Mar Lodge), Braemar. 2-4pm. www.cairngormsnaturebigweekend.com F CNBW: Looping l Lapwings | Bird Hide and Self Guided Walk Tomintoul Bird Hide. 2-3pm. www.cairngormsnaturebigweekend.com

Wednesday 16th May Badenoch Gardening Club | Seed and Plant Exchange Newtonmore Village Hall. 7.30-9.30pm.

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Friday 18th May Live Music: Transatlantic Connections St. Margaret’s, Braemar. 7.30-10pm. Booking advised. T: 07553 088605. www.stmargaretsbraemar.org.uk

Saturday 19th May Cairngorm to Coast Details on booking. 9am-4pm. Booking essential. T: 07775 737647. www.outfitmoray.com/c2c F Ranger Event: Hands l On Conservation Glen Tanar Visitor Centre, Aboyne. 10am-4pm. T: 01339 886072. www.glentanarcharitabletrust.org F Festival of Museums l Travellers’ Tales: Shelters, Crafts and Stories Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore. 10.30am-4pm. T: 01540 673551. www.highlandfolk.com Festival of Museums Travellers’ Tales: The Summer Walkers Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore. 7-10pm. T: 01540 673551. www.highlandfolk.com

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Village Green, Aviemore. 12-4pm. cameron109@btinternet.com

Friday 25th May Monthly Afternoon Tea Dance/Ceilidh The Legion, Grantown on Spey. 2-4pm. T: 01479 810004. www.ct4u.co.uk

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Market Glenmuick Church Green, Ballater. 10am-2pm. www.facebook.com/ ballaterfarmersmarket Atholl Highlanders Talk Blair Castle, Blair Atholl. 11am-12pm. T: 01796 481207. www.atholl-estates.co.uk Atholl Highlanders Parade Blair Castle, Blair Atholl. 2.30pm. T: 01796 481207. www.atholl-estates.co.uk Live Music: Lisa Milne St. Margaret’s, Braemar. 7.30pm. www.stmargaretsbraemar.org.uk

Sunday 27th May Atholl Gathering and Highland Games Blair Castle, Blair Atholl. 9.30am. T: 01796 481355. www.blair-castle.co.uk F Laggan Wolftrax Open l Day Laggan Wolftrax. 10am-4pm. T: 01528 544366. support@lagganforest.com F Vintage Day l Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore. 10.30am-4pm. T: 01540 673551. www.highlandfolk.com Ranger Event: Foray into the Forest Glen Doll Ranger Base, Kirriemuir. 11am-2pm. T: 01575 550233.

Thursday 31st May Tipi Sessions | Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies The Dell of Abernethy, Nethy Bridge. 6-9pm. Booking essential. www.thedellofabernethy.co.uk Live Music: Daimh The Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore. 9pm-1am. T: 01479 811137. www.oldbridgeinn.co.uk

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Church Green, Ballater. 10am-4pm. ballaterduckfestival@hotmail.com Live Music: Richard Durrant The Boat of Garten Community Hall. 7.30pm. Booking essential. www.boatofgarten.com/hall

Thursday 7th June F Cairngorm CC Social l

Bike Ride (Grantown) Folk Museum Car Park, Grantown-on-Spey. 6.30-8.30pm. www.cairngormcc.co.uk/events

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Highland Folk Museum The Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore. 11am-4pm. www.highlifehighland.com/ highlandfolkmuseum Tipi Sessions | Storm the Tuesday 29th May Palace Cairngorm CC Carrbridge TT The Dell of Abernethy, Nethy Bridge. Carrbridge Car Park. 6.30-8.30pm. 8-11pm. Booking essential. www.cairngormcc.co.uk www.thedellofabernethy.co.uk

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The Square, Grantown on Spey. 10am-4pm. T: 07708 169813. www.facebook.com/ CairngormFarmersMarket

Tuesday 12th June Inverallan Social Dancing Inverallan Church Hall, Grantown on Spey. 7.30-10pm. T: 01479 851353.

Wednesday 13th June Newtonmore and District Floral Art Club St Brides Church Hall, Newtonmore. 7.30-9.30pm. Lynda.coles@hotmail.com

Saturday 16th June Bike Event: Cairngorm Sportives Cairngorms, Aviemore. www.handsonevents.co.uk/cairngormsportives F Ranger Event: Hands l On Conservation Glen Tanar Visitor Centre, Aboyne. 10am-4pm. T: 01339 886072. www.glentanarcharitabletrust.org Peregrine Watch - Part Two Glen Doll Ranger Base, Kirriemuir. 11am-3pm. T: 01575 550233. glendollranger@angusalive.scot Live Music: Kirsty Law The Braemar Gallery. 7.30pm. T: 01339 741681. www.braemargallery.co.uk

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Thursday 21st June 21 Charity Ascot Ladies Day Muckrach Country House Hotel, Dulnain Bridge. 12-8pm. Booking essential. www.muckrach.com F Free Entry to Event l

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The Square, Grantown on Spey. 10am-4pm. T: 07708169813. www.facebook.com/ CairngormFarmersMarket

Saturday 23rd June Ballater Farmers Market Glenmuick Church Green, Ballater. 10am-2pm. www.facebook.com/ ballaterfarmersmarket OBI Summer Solstice Party The Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore. 4pm-1am. T: 01479 811137. www.oldbridgeinn.co.uk

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Eagle Watch, Upper Glen Clova Glen Doll Ranger Base, Kirriemuir. 11am-3pm. T: 01575 550233. glendollranger@angusalive.scot Kingussie Bikeathon Details on Booking. 10.30am-3.30pm www.bikeathon2018.eventbrite.co.uk

Kingussie 1sts vs Skye The Dell, Kingussie. 2.30pm. Newtonmore 2nds vs Glenurquhart/Boleskine The Eilan, Newtonmore. 2.30pm.

Saturday 9th June Newtonmore 1sts vs Lovat The Eilan, Newtonmore. 2.30pm.

Saturday 16th June Kingussie 2nds vs Glengarry The Dell, Kingussie. 1pm. Strathspey vs Lovat Grammar School, Grantown on Spey. 1pm.

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Kingussie 1sts vs Kyles Newtonmore 2nds vs Fort Athletic The Dell, Kingussie. 2.30pm. William The Eilan, Newtonmore. 12pm. Possible Cup Tie Newtonmore 1sts vs Skye The Eilan, Newtonmore. TBC. The Eilan, Newtonmore. 3pm. Saturday 30th June Kingussie 1sts vs Lovat Strathspey vs Lochaber Thursday 28th June The Dell, Kingussie. 2.30pm. Grammar School, Grantown on Spey. F Cairngorm CC Social l 1.30pm. Saturday 19th May Bike Ride Kingussie 2nds vs Skye Myrtlefield Car Park, Aviemore. 6.30-8.30pm. www.cairngormcc.co.uk The Dell, Kingussie. 12pm. Golf Kingussie 1sts vs Friday 29th June Kinlochshiel Friday 11th May Monthly Afternoon Tea The Dell, Kingussie. 3pm. Dance/Ceilidh Seniors’ Open Stableford Saturday 26th May Aviemore Legion. 2-4pm. (Gents Age 55+) T: 01479 810004. www.ct4u.co.uk Kingussie 2nds vs Boleskine Newtonmore Golf Club. 8am-1pm. Booking advised. T: 01540 673878. The Dell, Kingussie. 12pm. Saturday 30th June www.newtonmoregolf.com Kingussie 1sts vs Lochaber F Highland Rising Rotary Club of Spey l The Dell, Kingussie. 3pm. Valley Bi-Annual Charity Jacobite & Redcoat Strathspey vs Strathglass Golf Tournament Reenactment Weekend Grammar School, Grantown on Spey. Grantown Golf Club. Booking The Highland Folk Museum, essential. T: 01540 661396. Newtonmore. www.highlifehighland. Saturday 2nd June peterdavidson1314@gmail.com com/highlandfolkmuseum Newtonmore 2nds vs Kingussie Sunday 27th May Sunday 1st July The Eilan, Newtonmore. 2.30pm. Open Texas Scramble F Cairngorms Farmers l (Gents) Market Wednesday 6th June Grantown on Spey Golf Course. Williamson 6s Shinty Comp Time TBC. Booking advised. F Free Entry to Event l www.grantownonspeygc.co.uk The Eilan, Newtonmore. 6pm. What’s On

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Seniors’ Open (Gents Age 55+) Newtonmore Golf Club. 8am-2pm. Booking advised. T: 01540 673878. www.newtonmoregolf.com

Saturday 2nd June Open Stableford (Ladies/ Gents) Newtonmore Golf Club. 8am-2pm. Booking advised. T: 01540 673878. www.newtonmoregolf.com Mixed Open Boat of Garten Golf Course. Time TBC. Booking advised. T: 01479 831282. www.boatgolf.com

Ladies 18 Hole Open Grantown on Spey Golf Course. Time TBC. Booking advised. www.grantownonspeygc.co.uk

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Sunday 17th June Ladies Open Boat of Garten Golf Course. Time TBC. Booking advised. T: 01479 831282. www.boatgolf.com

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Glenlivet Public Hall. 9.45-10.45am. T: 01807 590689. F Braemar Health Walk Sunday 3rd June l Group Mixed Foursome (Innes Under the Mews, Braemar. & Mackay) Carrbridge Golf Club. 8am-12.30pm. 10-11am. T: 01339 741426. Booking advised. T: 01479 841623. Cash Bingo (18+) www.carrbridgegolf.co.uk Royal British Legion, Grantown on Spey. 7.50pm. T: 01479 873690. Open Texas Scramble (2 person Ladies/Gents F Live Music & Dancing l or Mixed) with George Gordon Newtonmore Golf Club. 8am-2pm. Duke of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie. Booking advised. T: 01540 673878. 8.30-10.30pm. www.newtonmoregolf.com F Live Music l Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. Monday 4th June 9.30pm. T: 01479 810233. Seniors’ Open (Gents Age 55+) Every Tuesday Grantown on Spey Golf Course. F Grantown Health Walk l Time TBC. Booking advised. Group www.grantownonspeygc.co.uk Curling Rink Car Park, Anagach Wood. 10.30-11.30am. Friday 15th June T: 01479 872142. Charity Texas Scramble F Ballater Health Walk Ballater Golf Course. Booking l advised. www.ballatergolfclub.co.uk Group Glenmuick Church Hall. 1-2pm. Saturday 16th June T: 01339 755634. www.visitcairngorms.com

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Nethy Bridge Community Centre. 1.30-3pm. T: 07519 569005. www.cairngorms.co.uk Grantown-on-Spey Slimming World Royal British Legion, Grantown on Spey. 3.30, 5.30 & 7.30pm. T: 07545 399160. F Cairngorm CC 10-mile l TT Woodland Car Park, next to Aviemore & Rothiemurchus Tennis Club. 6.30-8.30pm. (not the 8th & 29th May or 12th & 26th June). www.cairngormcc.co.uk F Live Music & Dancing l with Kenny Nairn Duke of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie, 8pm. T: 01540 661302. F Live Music l Hilton Coylumbridge, Aviemore. 8.30pm. Quiz Night Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. 9.30pm. T: 01479 810233.

Every Wednesday Community Cafe St Andrews Church Hall, Aviemore. 10am-4pm. F Newtonmore Health l Walk Wild Cat Centre. 10.30-11.30am. T: 01540 673172. F Boat of Garten Health l Walk Group Boat Hotel. 1.30-2.30pm. T: 01479 831562. Rotary Club of Spey Valley Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. 6-8.15pm. T: 01479 810233. www.speyvalley.rotary1010.org

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The Killiecrankies Cabaret Band Duke of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie. 8.30-10.30pm. T: 01540 661302. F Live Music l Hilton Coylumbridge, Aviemore. 8.30pm. F Live Music with Davy l Holt Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. 9.30-11.30pm. T: 01479 810233. www.cairngorm.com

Every Thursday Kingussie Health Walk 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 Cairngorm CC Social l Bike Ride Myrtlefield Car Park, Aviemore. 6.30-8.30pm. (Not the 3rd & 17th May or the 7th & 21st June) www.cairngormcc.co.uk 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 F Free Entry to Event l

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Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. 9.30pm. F Live Music l Hilton Coylumbridge, Aviemore. 8.30-10.30pm. T: 01479 810661. www.hiltonaviemore.com

Route 7 Cafe, Aviemore. 9.30am (run brief 9.20am). T: 01479 873918. www.parkrun.org.uk/aviemore F Live Music l Pine Marten Bar, Glenmore, Every Friday Aviemore. 8-11pm. T: 01479 861253. Community Cafe YMCA Community Centre, Live Music with Nigel Dyson Singer & Guitarist Grantown on Spey. 10am-2pm. Duke of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie, T: 01479 872262. 8.30pm. T: 01540 661302. www.grantowncommunitycentre.org F Live Music l F Glen Tanar Health l Hilton Coylumbridge, Aviemore. Walk 8.30pm. Glen Tanar Visitor Centre. 10-11.30am. T: 01339 886072. F Live Music l Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. F Tomintoul Health Walk l 9.30-11.30pm. T: 01479 810233. Tomnabat Court. 10-11am. www.cairngorm.com T: 01807 590689. Friday Afternoon Kids Every Sunday Club F l Live Music with Anne Bluff House, Kincraig. 1.30-5pm. T: 01540 651272. www.lochinsh.com & Calumn Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. 6-8pm. Y-Engage T: 01479 810233. YMCA Community Centre, F Live Music l Grantown on Spey. 7-9pm. Hilton Coylumbridge, Aviemore. T: 01479 872262. 8.30pm. www.grantowncommunitycentre.org F Scottish Night with l F Live Music l Ceilidh Dancing Hilton Coylumbridge, Aviemore. Duke of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie, 8.30pm. 8.30pm. T: 01540 661302. Live Music with Carl Wilson Singer & Guitarist Details correct at time of Duke of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie. going to press - please 8.30-10.30pm. T: 01540 661302. note events may change. F Live Music l Pine Marten Bar, Glenmore, Aviemore. 8-11pm. T: 01479 861253. F Live Music with Davy l Holt Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. 9.30pm. T: 01479 810233.

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Spotting Wildlife in the Cairngorms... Af ter a long cold winter, Spring has sprung in the Cairngorms National Park! Along with the warmer we ather, le ave s have started to grow on the t ree s and the snowdrops and crocuse s are f inally out ! Not only is it us humans who re alise there’s a change, the wildlife do too and with over 25% of the UK’s thre atened or rare specie s li v ing here, it make s it a gre at place to come and spot them. Here we e xplore some of the se be autif ul animals and where you can catch a glimpse of them in the Park ...

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Red Squirrels A true character of the pinewoods you can see red squirrels all over the National Park. They are active throughout the day, especially just after dawn and before sunset. Look up amongst the branches and you might see a soft, bushy red tail arc along a branch and spring through the air!

Scottish Crossbill Scottish crossbills are confined to the Scots pine forests of the Scottish Highlands, both ancient Caledonian forest and new commercial plantations. Crossbills use their unusual, twisted bill to force open pine cones to get to the seeds inside. The best chance to see them is when they come down to drink at woodland pools.

Ptarmigan The ptarmigan is a plump game bird. In summer, it has a mixture of grey, brown and black feathers. In winter, it becomes totally white except for its tail and eye-patch, which remain black. The best chance to see this superbly camouflaged bird is around the CairnGorm ski area.

Snow Bunting Normally resident in the arctic circle and a winter visitor to the UK, there is a small year-round population on Cairngorm Mountain. In winter you can see snow bunting at ski centre car parks, often feeding on insects and crumbs.

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Mountain Hare The transition from summer to winter coat is the most easy way to tell the difference from a brown hare, although the mountain hare does have smaller ears. They are most active in the evening and at night, mountain hares will rest in forms and scrapes during the day with their backs to the wind, sheltered by rocks and heather.

Roe Deer Roe deer often come out of the woodland fringes to feed in the fields in the morning and late evening. Smaller than red deer, they have a strong ginger-red coat in summer and a darker grey-brown one in winter.

Osprey are not often seen far from water. From below they have white or mottled underparts and long narrow wings. They arrive back in the Cairngorms from West Africa in late March and April and stay until August and September. The best chance of spotting them is at the RSPB Osprey Centre at Loch Garten.

Crested Tit The crested tit is largely confined to ancient Caledonian pine forests and Scots pine plantations. Identification is easy because thereís no mistaking the distinctive crest. Although often in the treetops, they will come down to lower branches and can be spotted on garden bird tables and feeders in the Cairngorms. Facts & Figures •

The Cairngorms is home to 25% of the UK’s rare and endangered specie s.

There are 9 National Nature Re ser ve s across the Park , the se are: Mar Lodge Estate, Muir of Dinne t, Aberne thy, Glen Tanar, Glenmore, Craigellachie, Insh Marshe s, Corrie Fee, Invershie and Inshriach

The rare and endangered specie s who make their home in the Park include capercaillie, pine marten, Scot tish wildcat, golden e agle, lapwing , dot terel and black grouse.

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Cairngorms Nature Big Weekend 2018 Over the weekend of 11th - 13th May the Cairngorms Nature Big Weekend will be running a host of events for residents and visitors to the Park. Organised by the Cairngorms National Park Authority, the Festival offers lots of activities and events aimed at families, nature and wildlife lovers. Find out more and book your tickets at: www.cairngormsnaturebigweekend.com What’s On

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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!

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RIVERSIDE RESTAURANT WITH ROOMS

Fine Dining in the Cairngorms Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner AA Three Red Rosettes Good Food & Michelin Guides 2018 www.thecross.co.uk 01540 661166

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Lunch served Mon-Sun 12-2pm Evening meals served Mon-Sun 5.30-8pm Early Bird Offer

15% Off your 2 course meal for orders placed between 5.30 to 6pm

The Square (Castle Rd) Grantown 01479 872 836 n www.garthhotel.com

Royal Tandoori Restaurant and Take-away OPEN 7 DAYS

Lunch 12noon-2pm

Boat of Garten - Tel: 01479 831 466

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

Tel: 01479 811199 or 01479 811118

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

Local, Seasonal, Creative Food, Relaxed & Informal Dining Experience. Evening Meals Served 6-9.30pm Open for Lunch Saturday & Sunday with Traditional Sunday Roast Pie Night Wednesday £13 - Fondue Friday £13 Closed Tuesdays. T: 01479 831 466 or E: info@andersonsrestaurant.co.uk

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& 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

T: 01479 810 207

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

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In the lively Lounge, All Day ‘til Late with Regular Entertainment + Live TV Sports

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here’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.

• Free entry • Virtual Reality experience • Come and see the Tomintoul Coat • Free Wifi

Open daily Easter - October 10am - 5pm Tomintoul & Glenlivet Discovery Centre Come and explore our hidden heritage 43 The Square, Tomintoul AB37 9ET Tel. 01807 580360 www.tgdt.org.uk

• Digital archive • Toilets • Local information • Tea & Coffee

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

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Have a nostalgic journey on our vintage train Relax and enjoy our on board dining services Light Lunch, Traditional Afternoon Tea Sunday Lunch and Evening Dining

LOCH-AN-EILEIN POTTERY Rothiemurchus, Aviemore PH22 1QP

Hand thrown terracotta pottery by Penny Weir. Open by appointment ‘Throw Your Own’ on Thursdays, £16 a shot. Open Daily - Please phone Penny for opening times & workshop details. 01479 810837 info@penspots.co.uk www.penspots.co.uk

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First Class compartments available 01479 810725 Book at www.strathspeyrailway.co.uk

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6 Family Friendly Attractions • Welcoming, safe and hassle-free • Fun and adventure for all ages • The creation of many happy memories • Great value and time well spent

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What's On in the Cairngorms May/June 2018  

Welcome to the Cairngorms National Park and the may/June edition of What's On, the free monthly events guide.

What's On in the Cairngorms May/June 2018  

Welcome to the Cairngorms National Park and the may/June edition of What's On, the free monthly events guide.