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Insider’s Guide: Hidden Galleries of the Cairngorms Special Offers! Events: Over 90 Inside

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1 Insider’s Guide. . . . . . . . . . . 10 1 Map. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 1 Eat and Drink . . . . . . . . . . . 14 1 To Do. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 1 Visit Braemar. . . . . . . . . . . . 20 The What’s On guide is also available online at

Published by and all advertising sales Cairngorms Business Partnership Tel: 01479 810200. Produced by Landmark Press Carrbridge Tel: 01479 841900. Photo credits: Front Cover: Visit Scotland. Photography: James Ross, Paul Masson/Laundry Gallery,

Chapel House Arts, Rothiemurchus, Iona Gallery, Eleven41 Gallery, The Butterworth Gallery, Lost Gallery, 1896 Gallery, Tomintoul Gallery, Carrbridge Gallery, The Braemar Gallery.

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in september

elcome to the Cairngorms National Park and the September 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. September kicks off with the historic Braemar Gathering on the 1st, a chance to see traditional highland games amongst royalty. On the same day Carrbridge holds their annual Chainsaw carving competition ‘Carve Carrbridge’, a great day out for all the family. Motor Mania returns to Grantown on Spey on the 2nd as hundreds of classic cars descend on the town. From the 21st-23rd golfers can take part in the new 54 Hole Belhaven Speyside Golf Open Weekend (booking essential) a great opportunity to play three of our local courses; Grantown on Spey, Spey Valley & Boat of Garten. Finally don’t forget to book your tickets for the Whisky tasting event aboard the Strathspey Steam Railway on the 29th! The Cairngorms National Park has something for everyone.


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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

Events of Interest

1st-2nd September

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11th April-30th September F Gerard Murphy l

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

19th May-27th September Strathspey in the Great War Museum, Grantown on Spey. 10am-5pm. T: 01479 872478.

Orange Bikes and IBIS Cycles Demo Weekend Cyclehighlands, Ballater. F Re-Enactment l

Weekend: Patrolling the Highlands Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore. 11am-4.30pm. T: 01540 673551.

Photographic Exhibition Iona Gallery, Newtonmore. 1-5pm. (not Sundays) T: 01540 673422.

15th-16th September Doors Open Day - St. Margaret’s Guided Tower Tour St. Margaret’s, Braemar. 11am-1pm. T: 07553 088605. F l

22nd-23rd September Santa Cruz & Juliana Demo Weekend Cyclehighlands, Ballater. The Aviemore Scooter Weekend 2018 Mackenzies Highland Inn, Aviemore. T: 01479 810672.

28th-30th September

7th-9th September Carriage Driving Fun Weekend Highland Horse Fun, Kingussie.

17th August-1st September F SBSA Annual Summer l

Arts Festival Iona Gallery, Kingussie. 11am-5pm. T: 01540 673422.

7th September-5th October F Exhibition: Flow l

18th August-3rd September F Anke Andy: The Living l

Country Iona Gallery, Newtonmore. 1-5pm. (not Sundays) T: 01540 673422.

Cairngorms a Beyond the Barn Touring Exhibition 8-9th September St. Margaret’s, Braemar. 11am-3pm. Highland Canicrossers T: 07553 088605. Highland Fling Dalraddy Holiday Park, nr Aviemore. F Free Entry to Event l 4

10th-29th September F l

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Rock in the Loch Jakes Bar and Restaurant, Lochanhully, Carrbridge.

29th Sep-19th Oct F Easter Raitts l

Uncovered - Exhibition in the Township Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore. 11am-4.30pm. T: 01540 673551.

21st-23rd September 54-Hole Belhaven Speyside Golf Open Weekend Aviemore, Boat of Garten & Grantown on Spey. 8am-4pm.


Calendar of Events

Thursday 6th September

Saturday 1st September Braemar Gathering Duke of Fife and Princes Royal Memorial Park, Braemar. Booking advised. 9.30-17.30. T: 01339 741527. Carve Carrbridge Chainsaw Competition 2018 Carrbridge Village Playing Field. 10am-5.30pm. T: 01479 841300. Ranger Event: Highland Life Blair Atholl Information Centre. 11am-2.30pm. T: 01796 481355. Family Ceilidh with Tweed for Macmillan Nethy Bridge Hall. 8pm-12am. T: 01479 872909.

Sunday 2nd September F Cairngorms Farmers l

Market The Square, Grantown on Spey. 10am-4pm. T: 07708 169813. CairngormFarmersMarket Play: 3000 Trees The Pagoda, Grantown on Spey. 7.30-10pm. Booking advised. T: 01479 873877. Motor Mania Car Show The Square, Grantown on Spey. 10.30am-4pm.

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Monday 10th September Evening Talk: The Wildlife & Ecology of the Exe Estuary and Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown on Spey. 8.30pm-10pm. T: 01479 872526. F l

Championship for Strathspey Tuesday 11th September Outdoor Draughts Board, The Square, Grantown on Spey. 4-6pm. Inverallan Social Dancing Inverallan Church Hall, T: 07850 409177. Grantown on Spey. 7.30-10pm. E: T: 01479 851353. F Cairngorm CC Social l Wednesday 12th September Bike Ride Newtonmore and District Folk Museum Car Park, Floral Art Club Grantown-on-Spey. 6.30-8.30pm. St Brides Church Hall, Newtonmore. 7.30-9.30pm. Saturday 8th September E: Junior Triathlon & Family Thursday 13th September Fun Day F Evening Talk: What do l Craig Maclean Leisure Centre, Forests do for Me Grantown on Spey. 10am-2pm. Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown on Spey. 8.30-10pm. T: 01479 872526. Sunday 9th September Ranger Event: Ice Age Legacy Angus Glens Ranger Service, Glen Clova, Kirriemuir. 11am-3pm. T: 01575 550233. Half BraemarAthon Start & finish at Braemar Stadium. 11am-4pm. T: 08252 020143. UOA Chamber Choir with Paul Mealor St. Margaret’s Braemar, Braemar. 4.30-5.30pm. T: 07553 088605


Saturday 15th September

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Booking essential. T: 01479 812920. Loch Morlich 5K! E: Loch Morlich Watersports, Aviemore. 4pm.

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Glen Tanar Visitor Centre, Aboyne. 10am-4pm. T: 01339 886072. F In a Spin - World Wide l Spin in Public Day Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore. 11am-4pm. T: 01540 673551. Live Music: Saltfish Forty Braemar Village Hall. 7-30-11pm. T: 013397 41070 or 013397 41070. F Free Entry to Event l

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Song, by Toad and Friends 10th Anniversary Rammy Inshriach House, Aviemore. 7pm-3am. F Abernethy Adventure l

Open Day Abernethy Trust, Nethy Bridge. 1-5pm. T: 01479 821279.

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Friday 21st September Live Music: Session A9 Boat of Garten Village Hall. 7.30pm. Live Music: Warren McIntyre, Monica Queen and Johnny Smillie The Braemar Gallery. 7.3010.30pm.

Saturday 22nd September Ballaters Farmers Market Glenmuick Church Green, Ballater. 10am-2pm. ballaterfarmersmarket

Monday 24th September Evening Talk: How to Identify, Record and Report Wildlife Crime Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown on Spey. 8.30-10pm. T: 01479 872526. F l

Wednesday 26th September F Evening Talk: Birds of l

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Thursday 27th September

Every Day in September Every Monday

Glenlivet Health Walk the Caucasus, Central Asia Glenlivet Public Hall. 9.45-10.45am. and Iran T: 01807 590689. Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown F Braemar Health Walk l on Spey. 8.30-10pm. Group T: 01479 872526. Under the Mews, Braemar. 10-11am. T: 01339 741426. Friday 28th September Grantown Outdoor Monthly Afternoon Tea Bowling Club Dance/Ceilidh Grantown on Spey. 7-8.30pm. Aviemore Legion, Aviemore. 2-4pm. T: 07926 357145. T: 01479 810004. Cash Bingo (18+) Royal British Legion, Grantown Saturday 29th September on Spey. 7.50pm. F Inflatable 5K Obstacle l T: 01479 873690. Course F Live Music & Dancing The Arches, Newtonmore. l with George Gordon 11am-5pm. T: 01540 673301. Duke of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie. 8.30-10.30pm. Whisky Tasting on the F Live Music l Strathspey Railway Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. Aviemore Station. 2.30-4.15pm. Booking Advised. T: 01340 881616. 9.30pm. T: 01479 810233. Every Tuesday Poetry Show: Liz Lochead F Grantown Health Walk l - Somethings Group Old Somethings New Curling Rink Car Park, Anagach St. Margaret’s, Braemar. Wood. 10.30-11.30am. 7.30pm. Booking advised. T: 01479 872142. T: 07553 088605. F Ballater Health Walk l E: Group Sunday 30th September Glenmuick Church Hall. 1-2pm. T: 01339 755634. A Walk to Bachnagairn F Nethy Health Walk Angus Glens Ranger Service, Glen l Clova, Kirriemuir. 11am-3pm. Nethy Bridge Community Centre. T: 01575 550233. 1.30-3pm. T: 07519 569005. F Evening Talk: Birds of l

Sunday 16th September

Turkey, the Middle East and Iran

Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown on Spey. 8.30-10pm. T: 01479 872526.

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Every Wednesday Caledonian Forest Guided Walks RSPB Loch Garten, Boat of Garten. 9.30-11.30am. Community Cafe St Andrews Church Hall, Aviemore. 10am-4pm. F Newtonmore Health l Walk Wild Cat Centre. 10.30-11.30am. T: 01540 673172.

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Walk Group Boat Hotel. 1.30-2.30pm. T: 01479 831562. Grantown-on-Spey Slimming World Royal British Legion, Grantown on Spey. 5.30 & 7.30pm. T: 07545 399160. Rotary Club of Spey Valley Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. 6-8.15pm. T: 01479 810233. 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. Tweed’s Winky Wednesdays The Winking Owl, Aviemore. 9pm. F Live Music with Davy l Holt Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. 9.3011.30pm. T: 01479 810233.

Every Thursday Heritage In Action Days The Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore. (Not the 23rd or 30th) highlandfolkmuseum 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. Grantown Outdoor Bowling Club Grantown on Spey. 2-4pm. T: 07926 357145. 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.

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Grantown Outdoor Bowling Club Grantown on Spey. 2-4pm. T: 07926 357145. Collection Store Tour Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore. 2-3pm. T: 01540 673551. 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.

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Live Music with Carl Wilson Singer & Guitarist Bike Ride Duke of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie. Myrtlefield Car Park, Aviemore. 6.30-8.30pm. (not the 2nd or 16th) 8.30-10.30pm. T: 01540 661302. F Live Music with Davy l Holt F Live Music & Dancing l Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. with Ronnie Douglas 9.30pm. T: 01479 810233. Duke of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie. 8.30-10.30pm. Every Saturday F Aviemore Parkrun l F Live Music l Route 7 Cafe, Aviemore. Hilton Coylumbridge, Aviemore. 9.30am (run brief 9.20am). 8.30-10.30pm. T: 01479 810661. T: 01479 873918. F Live Music with Tweed l F Live Music Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. 9.30pm. l Pine Marten Bar, Glenmore, Aviemore. 8-11pm. Every Friday T: 01479 861253. Community Cafe Off Road Bike Riding YMCA Community Centre, around Dava Grantown on Spey. 10am-2pm. Dava School House, Grantown on T: 01479 872262. Spey. 10am-12pm. (not 8th or 22nd) T: 01309 651265. F Glen Tanar Health Walk l Live Music with Nigel Glen Tanar Visitor Centre. Dyson Singer & Guitarist 10-11.30am. T: 01339 886072. Duke of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie, F Tomintoul Health Walk l 8.30pm. T: 01540 661302. Tomnabat Court. 10-11am. F Live Music l T: 01807 590689. Hilton Coylumbridge, Aviemore. Friday Afternoon Kids Club 8.30pm. Bluff House, Kincraig. 1.30-5pm. F T: 01540 651272. l Live Music Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. Y-Engage 9.30-11.30pm. T: 01479 810233. YMCA Community Centre, Grantown on Spey. 7-9pm. T: 01479 872262. Every Sunday F Live Music with Anne l F Live Music l & Calum Pine Marten Bar, Glenmore, Aviemore. Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore. 6-8pm. 8-11pm. T: 01479 861253. T: 01479 810233. F F Live Music l Live Music l Hilton Coylumbridge, Aviemore. 8.30pm. Hilton Coylumbridge, Aviemore. 8.30pm.

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Ceilidh Dancing Duke of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie, 8.30pm. T: 01540 661302.

Shinty Saturday 1st September Women’s Challenge Cup The Dell, Kingussie. 1.45pm. Womens Valerie Fraser Camanachd Cup The Dell, Kingussie. 4.05pm.

Saturday 8th Sep Newtonmore 1sts vs Caberfeidh The Eilan, Newtonmore. 2.30pm. Kingussie 1sts vs Skye The Dell, Kingussie. 2.30pm. Strathspey vs Locharron Grantown Grammar School. 1.30pm.

Saturday 22nd September F Am Fasgadh Quaich Cup l

Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore. 11am-12.30pm. T: 01540 673551. Newtonmore 1sts vs Kinlochshiel The Eilan, Newtonmore. 2.30pm.


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Highland League Football Golf

Ladies 3 Ball Better Ball Open Carrbridge Golf Club. 8am-12.30pm. T: 01479 841623.

Sunday 2nd September

Ladies Open Competition Blair Atholl Golf Course. Strathspey Thistle v The McCulloch Cup Formartine United Sunday 23rd September Seafield Park, Grantown on Spey. 3pm. Gentlemans 18 Hole Open Ladies Three Ball Team Grantown on Spey Golf Course. Saturday 7th September Open Abernethy Golf Club. 10am. Strathspey Thistle v Cove Sunday 9th September T: 01479 821305. Rangers Seafield Park, Grantown on Spey. TBC. Four Person Team Open Spey Valley Golf Club, Aviemore. Saturday 29th September 8am-4pm. T: 01479 812920. Strathspey Thistle v Brora Details correct at time Rangers of going to press Seafield Park, Grantown on Spey. 3pm. Friday 14th September

Saturday 1st September

Ladies Team Open Boat of Garten Golf Club. 8am.

please note events may change.

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Saturday 15th September



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See for more information on each of the villages in the area.


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eat & drink

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 2018 01540 661166

Royal Tandoori Restaurant and Take-away OPEN 7 DAYS

Lunch 12noon-2pm

Garth Hotel

& Restaurant

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




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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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


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 £52 pppn Book Direct on 01479 810233 to Guarantee The Best Prices

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Grampian Road Aviemore 01479 810 233 n


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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 for more ideas and offers.

Strathspey Highland Ponies

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

Rothiemurchus Aviemore

Hand thrown terracotta pottery by Penny Weir.

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

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Open by appointment ‘Throw Your Own’ on Thursdays, £16 a shot. Open Daily - Please phone Penny for opening times & workshop details. 01479 810837

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First Class compartments available 01479 810725 Book at

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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


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visit braemar


visit braemar

urrounded by spectacular mountain scenery Braemar is the eastern gateway to the Cairngorm Mountains. Home to the famous Braemar Gathering and newly opened Heritage Centre, the highest 18 hole golf course in Britain and nearby Glenshee ski centre, truly makes it a year round destination.


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Braemar Caravan Park and Camping Pods welcomes Caravans, Motorhomes, Campervans, Tents and we have 6 unique Camping ‘Fog’ Pods.


Heated toilet and shower facilities, laundry, drying room, information room with Book swap, and Ski Lockers.

Saving the Past for the Future

On-site shop selling camping and caravan equipment, food and drinks, maps and walking guide books.

Braemar Caravan Park is operated by Invercauld Estate; custodians of over 200 square miles of spectacular landscape waiting for you to explore. Whether it is on foot, by bike or even on skis, touring the Estate and Cairngorms National Park is breathtaking.

For more information;- tel (01339) 741373 visit: email:

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Rebellion, High Fashion & Ghosts

Earl of Mar’s 17th century highland Hunting Lodge. Home to the Chiefs of Clan Farquharson, furnished as if the Laird has just stepped out. Open 10am-5pm Wednesday to Sunday

AB35 5XR

T: 013397 41210



visit braemar

Fresh bread delivered in the mornings, made to order from The Highlanders Bakehouse.




What's On in the Cairngorms September 2018  

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

What's On in the Cairngorms September 2018  

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