Cairngorms National Park

Uath Lochans from Farleitter Crag, Kingussie

Rangers Events

The Park is the perfect stage for events whether its exploring the Parks wild side with the Countryside Rangers, enjoying a night out at a ceilidh or shopping at the Cairngorms Farmers Market.

Next Events

Saturday 1st July – Sunday 3rd September 10am – 4pm

Cost: £2 each

Looking for summer fun?  Glenmore is the place to be with many fun activities & challenges:

Selfie challenge; Mini beast hunt; Activities score card; Tree bingo; Wild art; Glenmore Top 20 challenge. Challenge packs available from Glenmore Visitor Centre.

FES Ranger Service

Every Wednesday in July 9.30am – 1pm

Cost: Adults £5; Members £3; Accompanied children FREE

Thursday 20th July 10am – 12.30pm

Cost: FREE

Discover the amazing diversity of moths and their roles in nature. We will unveil last night’s live moth trap catch, followed by a search for day-flying moths and butterflies as time and weather allow. Find out how you can take part in this year’s Big Butterfly Count and attract pollinating insects in your own garden too.

All under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult.

Scottish Natural Heritage in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council Ranger Service & Butterfly Conservation

Friday 21st July 10am – 1pm

Cost: Donations for Explore Abernethy path networks

Friday 21st July 2pm – 3.30pm

Cost: Children £3; accompanying adults free

Make your own miniature volcano, learn about different rocks and discover all about fossils. Suitable for children 5-12 years.

  • Booking:
    • Not required.
  • Contact:   
    • North Perthshire Ranger Service – 01350 728641;
    • www.nts.org.uk
  • Meet:        
    • Killiecrankie Visitor Centre – PH16 5LG

North Perthshire Ranger Service

Wednesday 26th July 10.30am – 12pm

Cost: Children £3; accompanying adults free

Hunt in the woods for the smallest residents of the Hermitage. What will you find hidden in the undergrowth?  Bug boxes provided.  Suitable for children 5-12 years.

  • Booking:
    • Not required.
  • Contact:   
  • Meet:
    • The Hermitage Lower Car Park, 1 mile north of Dunkeld, signposted from A9
  • North Perthshire Ranger Service

Wednesday 26th July 10.30am – 12pm & 2pm – 4pm

Cost: FREE

Come for a watery adventure with Mandy Tulloch of Mud Pies. Collect natural treasures and (weather dependent) climb into one of the most amazing places in the north east, the Burn O’ Vat. Inside, we will make mini-rafts and dams, puddle jump and generally have fun playing in the water! Suitable for the under 8’s. Wellies and waterproofs strongly recommended (or a change of clothes).

All under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult.

Scottish Natural Heritage

Thursday 27th July 10am – 1pm

Cost: £5 per child

Saturday 29th July 10am – 4pm

Cost: FREE

Tuesday 1st August 10am – 11am

Cost: £3 per child

Tuesday 1st August 10.30am – 12pm

Cost: Children £3; Accompanying adults free

Who and what lives in the Hermitage woods? Join us to be an animal detective, we will look for tracks and trails that the animals have left behind.  Suitable for children 5-12 years.

  • Booking:   
    • Not required
  • Contact:   
  • Meet:        
    • The Hermitage Lower Car Park – 1 mile north of Dunkeld, signposted from A9

North Perthshire Ranger Service

Tuesday 1st August 12pm – 4pm

Cost: FREE

Step back in time with the Rhynie Wifies! See how your ancestors survived in days gone by. The Rhynie Wifies will set the scene in full costume and provide an afternoon of discovery and entertainment, including nature based crafts and storytelling.

  • Booking:   
    • Not essential, just drop in. All under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Contact:   
  • Meet:        
    • Burn o Vat Visitor Centre – AB34 5NB

Scottish Natural Heritage

Tuesday 1st August 2pm – 3.30pm

Cost: Children £2; Adults FREE

Wednesday 2nd August 9.30am – 1pm

Cost: Adults £5; Members £3; Accompanied children FREE

Thursday 3rd August 1pm – 3pm

Cost: Donations for materials

Friday 4th August 2pm – 4pm

Cost: Children £3

Friday 4th August 8pm – late

Cost: FREE

Get up close and personal with bats and moths. Come and dispel all your fears of these intriguing animals. Under 16’s must be accompanied. Bring warm clothing, stout footwear, sunglasses/wide-brimmed hat (to shield eyes from bright moth trap light), midge repellent & torch.

  • Booking:   
    • Essential
  • Contact:   
    • Balmoral Rangers – 013397 55059
  • Meet:        
    • Car park by Visitor Information Centre, Crathie – AB35 5UL

Balmoral Estates Ranger Service in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council Ranger Service & Butterfly Conservation

Saturday 5th August 11am – 3pm

Cost: £4.60 Adult; £2.60 Conc. Per 2hrs.

Join the Ranger for a stroll along the trails of the forest to identify a variety of flying insects and wild flowers.

Where appropriate you should have with you stout shoes, waterproofs, warm clothing and a packed lunch and snacks. A telescope will be available for use but please bring binoculars if you have them.

  • Booking:   
    • Essential
  • Contact:   
    • Glen Doll – 01575 550233;
    • [email protected]
  • Meet:        
    • Glen Doll Ranger Base

ANGUSalive Ranger Service

Wednesday 9th August 9.30am – 1pm

Cost: Adults £5; Members £3; Accompanied children FREE

Wednesday 9th August 10.30am – 12pm

Cost: Children £3; Accompanying adults free

Join us for a morning of messy outdoor art activities around the Visitor Centre and in the woods above Soldier’s Leap. Please meet in the stone circle outside the Visitor Centre.  Suitable for children 5-12 years.

  • Booking:        
    • Not required
  • Contact:        
  • Meet:                        
    • Killiecrankie Visitor Centre – PH16 5LG

North Perthshire Ranger Service

Wednesday 9th August 2pm – 4pm

Cost: FREE

Long before supermarkets and pharmacies, people had to feed and doctor themselves with the plants around them. Join us to find out which plants they used and try some wild foods! This event includes a walk of up to 1.5km/1 mile on good paths with some inclines.  Bring outdoor clothing suited to weather & sensible footwear.

  • Booking:   
    • Essential. All under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Contact:   
  • Meet:        
    • Burn o Vat Visitor Centre – AB34 5NB

Scottish Natural Heritage in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council Ranger Service

Thursday 10th August 10am – 1pm

Cost: £5 per child

Thursday 10th August 2pm – 3.30pm

Cost: Children £3

Tuesday 15th August 2pm – 3.30pm

Cost: Children £2; Adults FREE

Tuesday 15th August 8.15pm – 10pm

Cost: Adults £5; Children £3

Spend an evening exploring the banks of the River Tay from Dunkeld looking for beaver signs and learning all about bats. We will have bat detectors available for use so that we can listen to the bats as they fly overhead.

  • Booking:        
    • Not required
  • Contact:        
  • Meet: 
    • Outside the Visitor Information Centre in the Cross, Dunkeld – PH8 0AN
  • North Perthshire Ranger Service

Wednesday 16th August 9.30am – 1pm

Cost: Adults £5; Members £3; Accompanied children FREE

Wednesday 16th August 5pm – 7pm

Cost: £5 per adult, children go free

Join the rangers for an evening stroll around the grounds of Mar Lodge with an opportunity to view inside the Lodge and Stag Ballroom, not normally open to the public.

Tea/coffee & biscuits included.

Mar Lodge Ranger Service

Friday 18th – Sunday 20th August 1pm onwards

Cost: Most events FREE. For more information contact Community Company of Boat of Garten

The Capercaillie Festival has been organised to celebrate 10 years of Boat of Garten’s beautiful community hall. Various themed events/entertainment throughout the afternoon and evening.

  • Booking:   
    • Not Essential
  • Contact:   
    • Community Company of Boat of Garten 01479 831123;
    • [email protected]
  • Meet:        
    • Community Hall, Boat of Garten

RSPB Community Ranger & Community Company of Boat of Garten

Saturday 19th August 10am

Cost: FREE for Children aged 5 and upwards

Fun for all ages! A live literature reading by author Emily Dodds.  Dancing like Cameron the Capercaillie compulsory.  Take home your own Capercaillie as a souvenir.

RSPB Community Ranger

Saturday 19th August 7pm onwards

Cost: Details on booking.

As part of the celebrations to commemorate 10years of Boat of Garten’s beautiful community hall they are hosting a Caper-ceilidh.

  • Booking:   
    • Tickets available in local shops 2 wks before event.
  • Contact:
    • Emma 01479 831123;
    • [email protected]
  • Meet:        
    • Community Hall, Boat of Garten

RSPB Community Ranger & Community Company of Boat of Garten

Thursday 24th August 10am – 1pm

Cost: Donations support local wildlife.

Friday 25th August 11am – 1pm

Cost: Donations for Explore Abernethy path networks

Sunday 27th August 11am – 2pm

Cost: £4.60 Adult; £2.60 Conc. Per 2hrs.

Join the Ranger for a health walk in Glen Doll forest to discuss the management and natural history of the area. We may see Red Squirrels and a variety of woodland birds including the elusive Crossbill.

Where appropriate you should have with you stout shoes, waterproofs, warm clothing and a packed lunch and snacks. A telescope will be available for use but please bring binoculars if you have them.

  • Booking:   
    • Essential
  • Contact:   
    • Glen Doll – 01575 550233;
    • [email protected]
  • Meet:        
    • Glen Doll Ranger Base

ANGUSalive Ranger Service

Wednesday 30th August 5pm – 7pm

Cost: £5 per adult, children go free.

Join the rangers for an evening stroll around the grounds of Mar Lodge with an opportunity to view inside the Lodge and Stag Ballroom, not normally open to the public.

Tea/coffee & biscuits included.

Mar Lodge Ranger Service

Thursday 31st August 10am – 1pm

Cost: Donations support local wildlife.