Things to do: events in the Cairngorms National Park
There are many events on offer throughout the year within the Cairngorms National Park. Here are a few that have caught our eye for the forthcoming months...
|12 May||Aviemore 100||Brand new for 2018, the ‘Aviemore 100’ is a partnership cycling event organised by the great team at Mikes Bikes (Aviemore) Limited in conjunction with Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS). Taking place on Saturday 12th May, this innovative new biking event involves endurance road biking and off-road mountain biking over a total route distance of 100km. The challenge can be completed as a solo rider or as team of two and the superb cycle route will see you ride some of the best and stunning scenery that the Cairngorms National Park has to offer.|
|13-14 May||Cairngorms Nature Big Weekend||The Cairngorms Nature BIG Weekend is a celebration of the fantastic natural heritage of the Cairngorms National Park that takes place every year in May.
With over 70 activities taking place across the Cairngorms National Park there is something for everyone, from families to the more seasoned nature lover.
|13 May||Cairngorm to Coast||The challenge is held in May each year and begins at Cairngorm Ski Centre carpark when entrants hike down towards the Sugar Bowl, through Glenmore Forest to Glenmore Lodge, on towards Nethy Forest and Lyngarry towards Nethy Bridge, where they join the Speyside Way to the Force Development Training Centre in Grantown-on-Spey. There, the hikers will hang up their muddy boots, whilst the hike & bike participants will change into their cycling gear and head on to the Dava Way, which will take them all the way to Forres, after which they will join a local SUSTRANS route to Lossiemouth, 70km later|
|May - October||Strathspey in the Great War||2018 marks the Centenary of the end of the First World War, a landmark anniversary for Britain and the world. Strathspey & The Great War explores the role and impact of the conflict on the lives and families of the local community through the fascinating reportage of the local newspaper, The Strathy. Exhibition at Grantown Museum.
|2, 9, 16, 23, 30 June||Aviemore Parkrun||Parkrun is an international event which encourages people to participate in a timed 5km walk/jog/run.. You will find a friendly welcome, great tracks, wonderful views and a great sense of achievement.|
|21 June - 24 July||Enjoy a fun-packed weekend, with free entry, to celebrate what is universally known as one of the headline events on the European Challenge Tour. Children will get the chance to watch the pros in action, collect autographs and test their golf skills with one of the competing professionals, and might even catch a glimpse of the prestigious Ryder Cup|
|30 June - 1 July||Re-enactment Weekend||Highland Rising - Jacobite & Redcoat Re-enactment Weekend at the Highland Folf Museum.|
|1 July||Cairngorm Farmers Market||Local produce includes Beef Pork and Lamb, Venison and Wild Game, Rose Veal, Cheeses, Mediteranean Food selection, hot fresh cooked Pancakes, Preserves, Plants and Shrubs. Various crafts including knitwear, jewellery, soaps, wood carving|
|7 July||Corrieyairack Challenge||The Corrieyairack Challenge is a charity event helping to raise funds for Speyside Trust who provide respite care activity holidays for adults and children with a disability at Badaguish Outdoor Centre, Aviemore. Take part in Scotland's toughest Mountain Duathlon and follow in the footsteps of Bonnie Prince Charlie over Scotland's highest mountain road - it demands respect and will form a special place in your heart.|
|17 July||Cairngorm CC 10 mile TT||Meet at Woodland car park next to Aviemore & Rothiemurchus Tennis Club at 6.30pm
Course starts at Coylumbridge Hilton and heads east up the ski road for a turn in the road near Hayfield and return back to start. This is a club confined time trial and for insurance reasons is limited to 25.
|21 July 0 4 August||Cairngorms Ceilidh Trail||The Cairngorms Cèilidh Trail is one of nine Cèilidh Trails organised by local Fèisean under the umbrella of Fèisean nan Gàidheal.
The first Cèilidh Trail project, established by Fèis Rois in 1999, was designed to help teenage musicians develop their performance skills and to create a vibrant traditional music entertainment programme in the Highlands and now beyond.
The Cairngorms Cèilidh Trail, now in its thirteenth year, offers training and performance opportunities to musicians aged 16 to 22yrs. Working with local businesses and promoters to develop cultural tourism throughout the National Park, the Cèilidh Trail offers a unique experience. The band tours the National Park and surrounding area for two weeks in July.
|4, 11, 18, 25 August||Aviemore Park Run||Parkrun is an international event which encourages people to participate in a timed 5km walk/jog/run.. You will find a friendly welcome, great tracks, wonderful views and a great sense of achievement.|
|25-26 August||Thunder in The Glens||
Thunder in the Glens is run by Dunedin HOG Chapter in partnership with Edinburgh Harley Davidson, Dunedin’s sponsoring dealership. The rally attracts over 10,000 visitors to the Aviemore and Speyside area during the weekend.
|1, 8, 15, 22, 29 September||Aviemore Park Run||Parkrun is an international event which encourages people to participate in a timed 5km walk/jog/run.. You will find a friendly welcome, great tracks, wonderful views and a great sense of achievement.|