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Scrambling in the Cairngorms

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Scrambling is all about making decisions. And the best one Paddy Withams made was to try it in the first place. Read more ›

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Scottish Bikeathon 2016

In aid of Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland, participants of the Scottish Bikeathon will cycle 26 miles through the scenic Badenoch and Strathspey. The route will take the keen cyclists to and from Kingussie via Insch, Rothiemurchus and Kincraig. This is a fantastic day out and an event which is not too strenuous, meaning that all ages can take part. Entry fees are £10 for adults and £5 for children. Participants are asked to get themselves sponsored for the event.


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Cairngorm to Coast

Go for the full 100k bike and hike or choose your level from the silver and bronze options too. All in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund, take a look at the video from last year’s event.


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Cairngorms Nature Festival

Ranger-led walks, helping with conservation projects and, er, some mud pies… It’s all going on at Cairngorms National Park. Nick Baker is a special guest, so get yourself a ticket! See highlights from last year’s festival:


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Making Scotland’s outdoors more diverse

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Hills aren’t just for white people to enjoy. And Don Currie is glad to see signs that other groups are joining in the fun. Read more ›

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Ballater Walking Festival 2015

This popular walking festival started in 1998, and now caters for walkers of all abilities keen to get out into the splendid eastern Cairngorms National Park. Strenuous walks are led by a fully qualified mountain guide, while others are led by local residents or rangers. In the evenings there are talks, and at the end of the week, there’s a traditional ceilidh.


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A two Munros bike and hike

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The summit tor of Ben Avon – Photo: Ecosse Erasmus

A rewarding bike and hike to bag two Munros, Ben Avon and Beinn a’ Bhuird, in north-east Scotland. Read more ›

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The Cairngorms, A Secret History (closed)

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Win Patrick Baker’s book: The Cairngorms, A Secret History Read more ›

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Atomic Doric 2013

Now this one really does sound inspirational. The landscape of the Cairngorms, Deeside and Aberdeenshire can have a profound impact on anyone experiencing it – and a group of film-makers, musicians and contemporary dancers have joined forces for a three-day festival of performances inspired by this part of Scotland. The weekend kicks off with a showing of four short films by Chris Dooks entitled Tiny Geographies. They are his response to St Cyrus, Muir of Dinnet, Mar Lodge Estate and Glen Tanar Estate. This is followed by a concert in which Drew Wright, aka Wounded Knee, performs new works inspired by the landscape of Mar Lodge and the writings of Nan Shepherd. Equally unusual artistic events follow on days two and three, culminating in a ceilidh. For details of prices, times and venues see website. Most events are at Woodend Barn, Banchory, with final performance and ceilidh at the Glen Tanar Ballroom, Aboyne.


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Glory of Glenlivet

New Mountain Bike Trails at Glenlivet are now open

The Cairngorms National Park has a superb new mountain biking centre. Don Currie went to try it Read more ›

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