Cairngorms National Park

Cairngorms Nature BIG Weekend, 12-14 May

Badenoch & Strathspey Events

Get up close and personal to nature at the Cairngorms Nature BIG Weekend on May 12-14

Loch Garten FaeriesWith dozens of events planned, the weekend will be a Park-Wide celebration where people can get first-hand experience of some of the outstanding wildlife that lives and grows here in the Cairngorms National Park.

Renowned nature photographer and passionate conservationist Peter Cairns will open the Cairngorms Nature Big Weekend with a Big evening event, SCOTLAND: The Big Picture.

Pop along to the Loch Garten Osprey Centre for an interactive, fun-filled morning of Cairngorms nature activities and listen to author Emily Dodds read her new book, “Ollie and the Otter”. Grown-ups can enjoy a dram at Ryvoan Bothy as they listen to a talk by author of Scottish Bothy Bible, Geoff Allan.

Itinerary of Events for Badenoch & Strathspey

The links below will take you to another site for booking the event.

DayTimeEvent TitleLocationActivity CategoryBooking Info
FRI1900 - 2100SCOTLAND: the BIG picture with Pete CairnsBoat of Garten Community HallOpening EventBook here (Opens in new window)
SAT0500 - 0730Lords of the Dance - Black Grouse watchGlenfeshie (HC Ranger Service)Nature SpectacularPlease phone Highland Ranger Service on 01479 873914 to make booking
SAT1000 - 1200Lapwing Nest Monitoring Ruthven BarracksGet InvolvedBook here (Opens in a new window)
SAT1000 - 1200Pine Martens & Red Squirrels – how to survey them.Glenmore Forest ParkGet InvolvedBook here (Opens in a new window)
SAT1030 - 1230“Ollie & the Otter” – Cairngorms wildlife fun with author Emily Dodd.RSPB Loch Garten Osprey CentreFamily FunNormal gate fees at RSPB Osprey Centre (£5 adult, £3 Child or £10 family ticket) (01479 831476)
SAT1000 - 1700Meet the Cairngorm Reindeer HerdGlenmoreFamily FunPhone on day (01479 861228)
SAT1000 - 1200Behind the Scenes' on a Strathspey EstateKinveachy Lodge, AviemoreNature SpectacularBook here (Opens in a new window)
SAT1100 - 1500Wildlife Big & Small at the Highland Wildlife ParkHighland Wildlife Park , KincraigFamily FunNormal entry fees apply (http://www.highlandwildlifepark.org.uk)
SAT1100 - 1300Cairngorm Juniper – Thriving or Dying?Meet at Ranger Base, Cairngorm MountainNature SpectacularPlease phone Cairngorm Mountain 01479 861261 to make a booking
SAT1430 - 1600Vegetation Management of a Bronze Age Hut Circle Rothiemurchus Visitor CentreGet InvolvedBook here (Opens in a new window)
SAT2000 - 2230Evening Mammal Watching HideConfirmed on booking (Rothiemurchus)Nature SpectacularBook here (Opens in a new window)
Phone: 01479 812498
Email: [email protected]
SAT2100 - 0900Night Time on the NethyNethy Bridge. Details on booking.Nature SpectacularBook here (Opens in a new window)
SAT1930 - 2130Tales from the Taiga - Boreal Forest talk with Ronan DugaBoat of Garten Community HallNature SpectacularBook here (Opens in a new window)
SUN0600 - 0900Osprey Watch: Feeding Time!Rothiemurchus FisheryNature SpectacularPlease contact Rothiemurchus Estates to make a booking 01479 812345
SUN1000 - 1700Meet the Cairngorm Reindeer HerdGlenmoreFamily FunPlease phone Cainrgorm Reindeer Centre to make a booking (01479 861228) and mention Cairngorms Nature Big Weekend to ensure discounted prices
SUN1030 - 1230“Ollie and the Otter” – Cairngorms wildlife fun with author Emily Dodd.RSPB Loch Garten Osprey CentreFamily FunNormal gate fees at RSPB Osprey Centre (£5 adult, £3 Child or £10 family ticket) (01479 831476)
SUN1100 - 1500Trolls & Fairies GlenmoreGlenmore Forest ParkFamily FunNo booking required - just drop in on the day
SUN1400 - 1500Pinewoods - it's not just about the treesMeet at Carrbridge Public Car Park by the Tourism Information shelterGuided WalkPlease book by email [email protected]
Alternatively, phone 01786 478509 for more details or to book a place
SUN1400 - 1600Wild Inhabitants of the Mountain GardenMeet at Ranger BaseFamily FunPlease phone Cairngorm Mountain to make a booking 01479 861327
SUN1400 - 1700A Walk, Talk and Dram at Ryvoan BothyGlenmore Lodge / Ryvoan BothyNature SpectacularBook here (Opens in a new window)
SUN1300 - 1500Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - Mosses and lichensFeshiebridge Sculpture TrailNature SpectacularBook here (Opens in a new window)
SUN1000 - 1600Moorland Management on a Highland EstatePhoines Lodge, off A9 between Newtonmore and DalwhinnieNature SpectacularBook here (Opens in a new window)
SUN1930 - 2130Love Thy Nature - FilmBoat of Garten Community HallNature SpectacularBook here (Opens in a new window)

Find out more about each individual event in the Badenoch & Strathspey area by clicking on the icons below.

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Family Fun: Open your children’s minds to the wonder of the Cairngroms! We have it all from wee beasties to magnificent hunters and Neolithic fire to woolly woods.  These events particularly designed with families in mind.

Nature Lovers: We are giving you the chance to immerse yourself in a unique nature experience in the company of a Cairngorms expert. There will be opportunities to get close to some amazing species and go ‘behind the scenes’ with the people who live and work in the Cairngorms National Park.  More suitable for adults and older children/teens.

Get involved: Give something back to the Cairngorms as you Get Involved with one of our volunteering events. It’s immensely satisfying to offer your time to vital conservation work, you’ll have fun, meet new people and know you have made a real difference.  These are volunteering events and may have restrictions on ability depending on the project being worked on.

Other Cairngorms Nature Events happening in the Park

Do you have any other questions?

Please contact us by phone on 01479 873535 or email [email protected]