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What’s On W in october
elcome to the Cairngorms National Park and your October edition of What’s On, the free events guide. No need to mourn the end of summer in the Cairngorms because autumn is such a magnificent month, with the beautiful array of golden shades transforming the landscape. It’s the perfect time to enjoy a leaf-kicking walk with wee ones or, with the half-term, a bigger walking challenge with older ones (see our Insider’s Guide on Page 12). October is also synonymous with Hallowe’en, too, and a firm family favourite for this is Landmark Forest Adventure Park, which holds its ‘Spookfest’ from 5th-27th. You’ll also find ‘Tattie Holiday Fun’ happening in Glenlivet Hall from 18th-20th, with a host of activities celebrating the local wildlife and heritage. An ever-popular, world famous event is the Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championship in Carrbridge on Saturday 12th October. Quite a different spectacle, but equally impressive, are the October deer ruts; The National Trust for Scotland is doing guided walks to witness this noisy ‘Clash of the Titans’ from 13th-20th October at Mar Lodge Estate. All this in addition to all the usual diverse mix of arts galleries and live music events, often completely free of charge. The Cairngorms National Park has something for everyone!
Calendar of Events
what’s on in october
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
Events of Interest
what’s on october 2019
1st July-31st October ‘Canadian Cousins Exhibition’ the story of intrepid and pioneering Highlanders Grantown Museum, Grantown on Spey. 10am-5pm. T: 01479 872478. www.grantownmuseum.co.uk
1st-26th October F Jude Craig Painting l
Exhibition ‘Tides & Trees’ Chapel House Arts, Kingussie. 10am-4.30pm (1-4.30pm Wed & Sat). T: 07921 729249. www.chapelhousearts.co.uk
1st-30th October ‘Witches Kitchen Nightmares’ Halloween Exhibition Blair Castle, Blair Atholl. 9.30am-4.30pm. T: 01796 481207.
4th-17th October F Creative Cairngorms l Autumn Exhibition Nethy Bridge Hotel. 1-5pm. T: 01479 821203. www.creativecairngorms.co.uk F Free Entry to Event l 4
SPOOKFEST Landmark Forest Adventure Park, Carrbridge. 10am-5pm. T: 01479 841613. www.landmarkpark.co.uk
Sunday 29th September Wildlife Walk Glen Doll Ranger Base, Glen Clova, Kirriemuir. 11am-3pm. T: 01575 550233. www.ticketsource.co.uk/angusalive F Doors Open Afternoons l Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore. 2-4pm. T: 01349 781650. www.highlandfolk.com
Friday 4th October
Bingo Night Braemar Golf Club. 7pm. T: 01339 741618. 12th-13th October Paul Anderson, Peteer Hedlund and Shona Cairngorms Autumn Trail Donaldson in Concert Running Guide Weekend St Margaret’s, Braemar. 7.30pm. Glenmore Lodge, Aviemore. www.ticketsource.co.uk/stmargaretswww.glenmorelodge.org.uk braemar 18th-20th October Silent Auction F Wild in the Park Tattie Victoria Hall, Ballater. 7.30-9.30pm. l T: 01339 755745. Holiday Fun Glenlivet Public Hall, Bridgend of Boat Reel: Wild Rose  Glenlivet. 10.30am-4pm. (2018) T: 01807 580760. Boat of Garten Community Hall. www.facebook.com/ 7.30-10pm. T: 01479 831123. events/1564859716984920/?event_time_ https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/boat-reelid=1564859726984919 wild-rose-tickets-71660417237 Live Music with Michael 21st-31st October J. Dwyer Winter Guided Tours Pine Marten Bar, Glenmore, Aviemore. Balmoral Estate Office, Crathie. 8-10pm. 11am, 12pm, 1pm & 2pm. F Live Entertainment T: 01339 742554. l www.balmoralcastle.com with Ann & Calumn Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. 9.30pm.
Braemar Creative Arts Festival Braemar. www.scotlandonline.net/ braemar-creative-arts-festival What’s On
Saturday 5th October Santa Cruz Demo Day CycleHighlands, Ballater. 10am-5pm. www.cyclehighlands.com
Suidhe 7 miles Kincraig Community Hall. 10am. T: 01540 651233. www.badenochandstrathspeyramblers. org.uk Across the Grain Festival: Come Alang an Sing Braemar Castle. 2-4pm. www.ticketsource.co.uk/stmargaretsbraemar/across-the-grain-festival-comealang-an-sing/e-axpmxg F Live Entertainment l with Kevin Fraser Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. 9.30pm.
Thursday 10th October
Cairngorms Farmers Market The Square, Grantown on Spey. 10am-3pm. Alvie Flea Market Kincraig Community Hall. 12-3pm. T: 07851 236077.
Marie Curie Steam Train Lunch Platform 3 Aviemore Station. 12.30-14.08pm. T: 01479 810725. www.strathspeyrailway.co.uk Ranger Event Autumn Art for Kids 5+ Blair Atholl Estate. 2-3pm. T: 01796 481355. www.atholl-estates.co.uk Live Music with Michael J. Dwyer Garth Hotel, Grantown on Spey. 7-9pm. Live Entertainment with Scott Ramsay Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. 9.30pm.
Monday 7th October F Evening Talk: Northern l
Friday 11th October F The Grants of Tulloch l
Sunday 6th October
Wildlife by Bob Humphries Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown on Spey. 8.30-10pm. T: 01479 872526. www.bwwc.co.uk
Wednesday 9th October From Crucks to Crinkly Tin: Traditional Structures & Settlements in the Central Highlands Seminar Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore. 9.30am-4.30pm. Booking essential. T: 01349 781650. www.highlandfolk.com Monthly Lunch Bunch Anderson’s Restaurant, Boat of Garten. 12.30-2.30pm. T: 01479 810004. www.ct4u.co.uk
Talk Grantown Museum, Grantown on Spey. 7-9pm. T: 01479 872478. www.grantownmuseum.co.uk Live Music with Paul Anderson The Flying Stag, Fife Arms, Braemar. 8pm. www.thefifearms.com F Live Entertainment l with Anne & Calumn Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. 9.30pm.
Saturday 12th October F Golden Spurtle l
World Porridge Making Championship Village Hall, Carrbridge. 10am-4pm. T: 01479 841456. www.goldenspurtle.com
Macdonald Mile Fun Run Macdonald Aviemore Resort. 2.30pm (Registration earlier). T: 01479 861285. www.badaguish.org/macdonald-mile-fun-run/ Live Music with Nae Plans St Margaret’s Braemar. 7pm. www.ticketsource.co.uk/stmargaretsbraemar/nae-plans/e-axozdm Boogalusa Live Food in the Park Live, Blair Atholl. 8pm. www.facebook.com/foodinthepark
Sunday 13th October Aviemore Half Marathon & 10K Badaguish Outdoor Centre, Aviemore. 10am. T: 01479 861285. www.badaguish.org/aviemore-half-marathon/ Clash of the Titans Red Stag Ranger Event Glen Doll Ranger Base, Glen Clova, Kirriemuir. 11am-3pm. T: 01575 550233. www.ticketsource.co.uk/angusalive Clash of the Titans Red Stag Ranger Event Mar Lodge Estate, Braemar. 4-7pm. T: 01339 720164. www.nts.org.uk/visit/events/clash-of-thetitans Live Music with ‘Nae Plans’ Hamish Napier & Adam Sutherland Grantown Museum, Grantown on Spey. 7-9pm. T: 01479 872478. www.grantownmuseum.co.uk
what’s on october 2019
Strathspey Thistle v Inverurie Loco Works Highland League Football Match Seafield Park, Grantown on Spey. 8pm. www.facebook.com/strathspeythistlefc
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Monday 14th October Boat Talk: The Berber Atlas Mountains by Hamish Brown Boat of Garten Community Hall. 7.30-10pm. Tickets: 01479 831123. www.boat_talks_berber_atlas_ mountains.eventbrite.co.uk F Free Entry to Event l
Tuesday 15th October Quiz Night Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. 9.30pm. T: 01479 810233. www.cairngorm.com
Wednesday 16th October Clash of the Titans Red Stag Ranger Event Mar Lodge Estate, Braemar. 4-7pm. T: 01339 720164. www.nts.org.uk/visit/events/clash-of-thetitans
what’s on october 2019
Thursday 17th October F Heritage In Action Day l at the Township Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore. 11am-4pm. T: 01349 781650. www.highlandfolk.com F Evening Talk: My TV l Career with Wildlife by Nigel Marven Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown on Spey. 8.30-10pm. T: 01479 872526. www.bwwc.co.uk F Live Entertainment l with Chris Henderson Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. 9.30pm.
Grantown Society Talk: The Regality of Grant by Charles Fletcher Osprey Room, Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown on Spey. 7.30pm. www.thegrantownsociety.org Boat Reel: Red Joan [12A] (2018) Boat of Garten Community Hall. 7.30-10pm. Tickets: 01479 831123. www.boat_reel_red_joan.eventbrite.co.uk The Mountain Between Us Film  Glenlivet Public Hall, 7.30pm.
Saturday 19th October F Canine Concern l
Scotland Trust Therapet Sponsored Walk Loch An Eilein, Rothiemurchus. 10am for 10.30 start. T: 07928 040075. Casino Chips Blues Band The Church Green, Ballater. 5-7pm. Live Music with Keith Mair The Boat Hotel, Boat of Garten. 7pm. Live Music with Broken Chanter Braemar Gallery. 7.30-10.30pm. www.facebook.com/TheTundraWorkshop F Live Entertainment with l Sons of the Soil Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. 9.30pm.
Sunday 20th October
Friday 18th October
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Live Music with Craig & Rhys Food in the Park Live, Blair Atholl. 8pm. www.facebook.com/foodinthepark F Live Entertainment l with Ann & Calumn Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. 9.30pm.
Clash of the Titans Red Stag Ranger Event Mar Lodge Estate, Braemar. 4-7pm. T: 01339 720164. www.nts.org.uk/visit/events/clash-of-thetitans
Monday 21st October Evening Talk: The Wild Brown Bears of Finland by Steve Lovell Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown on Spey. 8.30-10pm. T: 01479 872526. www.bwwc.co.uk F l
Wednesday 23rd October F Evening Talk: l
Cairngorms Connect Restoring Landscapes What’s On
for the Future by Tors Hamilton Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown on Spey. 8.30-10pm. T: 01479 872526. www.bwwc.co.uk Live Music with the Luke Jackson Trio Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore. T: 01479 811137.
Thursday 24th October Boat Talks: The Making of BBC Autumn/Winter/ Spring Watch with Mark Flowers Ros Boat of Garten Community Hall. 7.30-10pm. Tickets T: 01479 831123. www.boat_talks_making_of_bbc_ autumnwinterspringwatch.eventbrite.co.uk F Evening Talk: A Winter l Weekend In Iceland by Steve Lovell Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown on Spey. 8.30-10pm. T: 01479 872526. www.bwwc.co.uk F Live Entertainment with l Calum McKenzie Jones Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. 9.30pm. F l
Friday 25th October Monthly Ceilidh/Music Afternoon Dancing, Tea & Raffle British Legion, Aviemore. 2-4pm. T: 01479 810004. www.ct4u.co.uk Boat Reel: Green Book [12A] (2018) Boat of Garten Community Hall. 7.30-10pm. Tickets. 01479 831123. www.boat_reel_green_book.eventbrite.co.uk Live Music with Paul Anderson The Flying Stag, Fife Arms, Braemar. 8pm. www.thefifearms.com F Live Entertainment l with Calum Macphail Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. 9.30pm.
Fisherman’s Friends Film [12A] Victoria & Albert Halls, Ballater. 7-9.30pm. Music with Tweed Food in the Park Live, Blair Atholl. 8pm. www.facebook.com/foodinthepark Live Entertainment with Scott Ramsay Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. 9.30pm. Halloween Party Mambos, Aviemore. 10pm-1am. Illuminator Night Trail Race Glen Tanar Estate, Dinnet. www.illuminatorrun.co.uk
F Cycle Friendly Kingussie l Thursday 31st October Weekly Bike Rides F Evening Talk: Jack’s Top l Ardvonie Park, Kingussie. 6.30-8.30pm.
10 Nature Hotspots by Jack Perks Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown on Spey. 8.30-10pm. T: 01479 872526. www.bwwc.co.uk F Management of a l Highland Estate Then and Now by Phil Lloyd Laggan Hall. 7.30-9.30pm. Donations welcome. T: 01528 544722. Live Music with Scott Ramsay Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. 9.30pm.
www.facebook.com/cyclefriendlykingussie F Live Music with George l
Gordon The Duke of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie. 8.30-10.45pm. www.dukeofgordonhotel.co.uk Quiz Night Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. 9.30-11.30pm.
Abernethy Woodland Wander Loch Garten Osprey Centre, Nethybridge. 9.30am-12.30pm. T: 01479 831476. https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-andevents/events-dates-and-inspiration/events Every Day in October Community Cafe Tuesday 29th October St Andrews Church Hall, Aviemore. Conversations With Clout 10am-4pm. Every Monday Workshop Newtonmore Health Walk Ballroom Dancing with The Pagoda, Seafield Road, Grantown Meet at Wildcat Centre, Newtonmore. Kenny Nairn on Spey. 9.30am-12.30pm. 10.30-11.30am. T: 01479 870520. The Duke of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie. T: 07961 953761. www.cairngorms.co.uk/discover-explore/ www.eventbrite.com/e/conversations-with- 8.30-10.45pm. things-to-do/walking-trails/health-walks www.dukeofgordonhotel.co.uk clout-tickets-71048139899 F Strathdon Silver Circle F Live Music with Graeme l l Live Music with Birds of Walking Group Mackay Chicago Meet at Lonach Hall, Strathdon. Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. 9.30pm. Glenbuchat Hall, Strathdon. 7.30pm. 1.30-2.30pm. T: 01479 870520. T: 01479 810233. Tickets: 01975 641303. www.cairngorms.co.uk/discover-explore/ www.glenbuchatmusic.co.uk Every Tuesday things-to-do/walking-trails/health-walks/ Wednesday 30th October F Grantown Health Tours of Am Fasgadh l Collection Store Walk F Emergency Life Support l Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore. Meet Anagach Wood, Curling Rink Training including CPR & 2-3pm. T: 01349 781650. Car Park, Grantown on Spey. Defibrillator www.highlandfolk.com 10.30-11.30am. T: 01479 870520. Aviemore Fire Station, Grampian Road, www.cairngorms.co.uk/discover-explore/ Aviemore. 7.30-9.30pm. Book Rotary Club of Spey Valley things-to-do/walking-trails/health-walks/ Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. 6-8.15pm. T: 01479 810990. www.facebook.com/Aviemore-DistrictT: 01479 810233. F Nethybridge Health l Lucky2BHere-196214954214963 www.speyvalley.rotary1010.org Walk Meet at Community Centre, Nethybridge. F The Killiecrankies Cabaret Live Entertainment l 1.30-2.30pm. T: 01479 870520. Band with Chris Grant www.cairngorms.co.uk/discover-explore/ Duke of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie. Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. things-to-do/walking-trails/health-walks/ 8.30-10.30pm. T: 01540 661302. 9.30pm. www.visitcairngorms.com
what’s on october 2019
Saturday 26th October
F Live Music with Tweed l
Winking Owl, Aviemore. 8.30pm.
F Live Music with Davy l
Holt Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. 9.30-11.30pm. T: 01479 810233. www.cairngorm.com
9.40-10.40am. T: 01479 870520. www.cairngorms.co.uk/discover-explore/ things-to-do/walking-trails/health-walks/ Meet Glenlivet Public Hall. 9.45-10.45am. T: 01479 870520. www.cairngorms.co.uk/discover-explore/ things-to-do/walking-trails/health-walks/
Aviemore Health Walk
what’s on october 2019
Myrtlefield Car Park, Aviemore. 1.30-2.30pm. T: 01479 870520.
Ranger Guided Walk Cairngorm Ski Area, Aviemore. 10.20am-4pm. T: 01479 861261. www.cairngormmountain.co.uk F Kingussie Health l Walk Meet Badenoch Centre, Kingussie. 10.30-11.30am. T: 01479 870520. www.cairngorms.co.uk/discover-explore/ things-to-do/walking-trails/health-walks/ F Carrbridge Health l Walk The Old Bridge, Carrbridge. 11am-12.00pm. T: 01479 870520. www.cairngorms.co.uk/discover-explore/ things-to-do/walking-trails/health-walks/ F Cromar Health Walk l Outside Logie Coldstone Village Hall, Dinnet. 1.30pm-2.30pm. T: 01479 870520. www.cairngorms.co.uk/discover-explore/ things-to-do/walking-trails/health-walks F Ballroom Dancing with l Kenny Nairn The Duke of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie. 8.30-10.45pm. www.dukeofgordonhotel.co.uk F Open Mic Night l The Winking Owl, Aviemore. 9pm. T: 01479 812368.
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8.30pm. T: 01540 661302.
F Glenlivet Health Walk l
Every Thursday F l
F Scottish Night with l Every Friday Ceilidh Dancing F Glen Tanar Health Walk l Duke of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie, Outside Boat Inn, Aboyne.
F Tomintoul Health Walk l
Meet Tomnabat Court, Tomintoul. 10-11am. T: 01479 870520.
Community Cafe YMCA Community Centre, Grantown on Spey. 10am-2pm. T: 01479 872262. www.grantowncommunitycentre.org Live Music with Carl Wilson Singer & Guitarist Duke of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie. 8.30-10.30pm. T: 01540 661302. F Live Music with Davy l Holt Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. 9.30pm. T: 01479 810233.
Every Saturday F Aviemore Parkrun 5km l
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.
www.shinty.com Saturday 5th October Kingussie 2nds v Skye The Dell, Kingussie. 12pm. Kingussie 1sts v Kinlochshiel The Dell, Kingussie. 3pm.
Sat 12th October Kingussie 2nds v Lovat The Dell, Kingussie. 2.30pm.
Saturday 26th October Kingussie 2nds v Aberdeen The Dell, Kingussie. 2.30pm. Newtonmore 2nds v Glenurquhart The Eilan, Newtonmore. 2.30pm.
Details correct at time of going to press - please note events may change.
Every Sunday Land Rover Stag Safaris Blair Atholl Estate. 7.30am-2pm. T: 01796 481355. www.atholl-estates.co.uk F Live Music with Anne l & Calumn Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. 6-8pm. T: 01479 810233.
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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
eat & drink
RIVERSIDE RESTAURANT WITH ROOMS
Fine Dining in the Cairngorms Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner AA Three Red Rosettes Good Food & Michelin Guides 2019
(check Facebook or call the Hotel)
The Square (Castle Rd) Grantown 01479 872 836 n www.garthhotel.com
www.thecross.co.uk 01540 661166
Royal Tandoori Restaurant and Take-away OPEN 7 DAYS
Evening 5-10.30pm Authentic Indian Cuisines 10% Discount on Take-away Meals A La Carte Menu Freshly Prepared Coffees Private Function Room ~ Ideal For Stag, Hen Or Birthday Parties
Open daily 8am - til late serving Lunch and Evening meals Sunday Lunch served 12-2.30pm Enjoy our beer Garden with our Bar open all day Mid week Live Music Entertainment throughout the month
Tel: 01479 811199 or 01479 811118
43 Grampian Road, Aviemore PH22 1RH www.royaltandoori.uk.com We are a cheery, relaxed restaurant and bar serving up delicious freshly prepared food with a side of good drink. We prepare our dishes fresh in our kitchen with locally sourced ingredients. Book a table or wander in. Enjoy a cuppa, a Scottish Gin or Whisky, a family meal or take that someone special out for a special meal. We look forward to welcoming you.
HOUR 7 days S a wee 11am ti k ll late
RESERVE A TABLE +44 (0) 1479 811 161 www.thehighlandline.com Book online
The Place to Eat and Meet Opposite Aviemore Railway Station
Great Freshly Prepared Food All Day Newly Refurbished Function Suite
(Ideal for Weddings, Meetings or Special Occasions) n
Book Now for Christmas Lunch. Party Nights available on 13th & 14th December Enquiries or Book Direct on 01479 810233
Grampian Road Aviemore 01479 810 233 n www.cairngorm.com
Country Hotel & Restaurant
Evening meals in a cosy and inviting country setting Fine dining with locally sourced produce, freshly prepared and cooked to perfection.
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Situated by beautiful Loch Alvie, 2 miles south of Aviemore. Rowan Tree Hotel, by Loch Alvie, B9152, Aviemore, PH22 1QB
01479 810 207
Cairngorms National Park and more and more people are discovering just how special this place is.
a whole host Thereâ€™s of things to do in the
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Tubing at Cairngorm Mountain
Aviemore Kart Raceway
• Families & Groups welcome, all year Around • Half a mile north of the centre of Aviemore turn right at Granish (red and white sign) • Designed for Wet Conditions • Designed for Maximum Speed • 500m Long
www.aviemorekartraceway.co.uk 01479 812079