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...
|1 November - 29 March||Dalwhinnie Distillery||
To celebrate winning Best Distillery Tour Award 2017 Dalwhinnie are offering FREE winter tours with whisky & chocolate tastings this winter. A great place to stop and break the journey if you are coming from the south.
|23-24 February||Groove Cairngorm||Headliners for the après-ski Big Top at The UK's only Snowsports Festival are 2MANYDJS who are set to bring their electrifying performance to the festival, Norman Jay MBE and Start to End bring there Daft Punks Discovery (Live!) show to Groove with their amazing 7 piece live interpretation of Daft Punk’s sophomore 2001 album ‘Discovery’.|
|03 March||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.|
|16-18 March||Wild Ski Festival||Scotland’s winter mountain backcountry is a wild and exciting place to ski, full of contradictions, challenge and adventure.
Starting at the foot of the mighty Cairngorm plateau you will spend the weekend exploring on skis the classic tours, descents and gullies of the Northern Corries and beyond, into one of the biggest ski wildernesses in Scotland.
Hosted by some of Britain’s top ski coaches, instructors, guides, freeriders and athletes this weekend will take you beyond the ski boundaries and into the Wild side for a truly memorable adventure.
This weekend has something for everyone, so you don’t have to be the best skier, you choose which level suits you.
|21-15 March||The Aviemore Adventure Festival||The Aviemore Adventure Festival is an annual festival which celebrates the best of outdoor sports and adventure culture. Each year the programme is packed full of outdoor events, workshops, films and guest speaker talks with outdoor athletes, authors and adventurers.|
|29 March - 15 April||Glen Bear has just woken up from his winter hibernation & wants you to come on an Easter Bear Hunt with him. Bring along your favourite cuddly bear too. £2 for an activity pack available from Glenmore Visitor Centre|
|8 April||Glenlivet 10k||Set in the stunning landscape of the Glenlivet Crown Estate in the Cairngorms National Park with all facilities based at the iconic Glenlivet Distillery. Suitable for all standards of runners and joggers and a race chip timing system is provided. 'A run not to be missed...'|
|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|
|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|
|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.|