Cairngorms National Park

Cairngorms Nature BIG Weekend, 12-14 May

Glen Tanar & Upper Deeside Events

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

WillowsWith dozens of events planned it will be a Park-Wide celebration of nature with something for all the family.  There will be a fantastic day of family activities happening at Glen Tanar including Neolithic firemaking, bird ringing, bird box making and much more.  You can don your wellies and join mudpies, learn about bushcraft or spend a morning behind the scenes at Balmoral learning about their deer management.

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

Itinerary of Events for Glen Tanar & Upper Deeside

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

DayTimeEvent TitleLocationActivity CategoryBooking Info
SAT0930 - 1100Dram at the Dam experienceCrathie, Nr BallaterNature SpectacularPlease phone Lochnagar Distillery to make a booking 01339 742700
SAT1000 - 1200Birds of the Forest WalkGlen Tanar Visitor Centre - free coach from BallaterFamily FunBook here (Opens in a new window)
SAT1000 - 1200Willow’s DeathboxGlen Tanar Visitor Centre - free coach from BallaterFamily FunBook here (Opens in a new window)
SAT1000 - 1200Family Fun Woodland ActivitiesGlen Tanar Visitor Centre - free coach from BallaterFamily FunBook here (Opens in a new window)
SAT1000 - 1200Powerful PollinatorsGlen Tanar Visitor Centre - free coach from BallaterFamily FunBook here (Opens in a new window)
SAT1000 - 1200Tracks & Signs -Who is out there? Glen Tanar Visitor Centre - free coach from BallaterNature SpectacularBook here (Opens in a new window)
SAT1000 - 1200Working with Nature on a Highland EstateBallaterNature SpectacularWorking with Nature on a Highland Estate (Opens in a new window)
SAT1000 - 1500River dipping for water bugs and beasties!Glen Tanar Visitor Centre - free coach from BallaterFamily FunBook here (Opens in a new window)
SAT1000 - 1600The Mountains & The People Conservation VolunteeringBallater 7 Bridges path. Meet at car park at the end of Old Line Road, Ballater.Get InvolvedBook here (Opens in a new window)
SAT1030 - 1130A Cocktail of Cairngorms Wild PlantsGlen Tanar Visitor CentreGuided WalkSign up sheet during the day at the Glen Tanar Big Weekend event.
SAT1300 - 1500Birds of the Forest WalkGlen Tanar Visitor Centre - free coach from BallaterFamily FunBook here (Opens in a new window)
SAT1300 - 1500Neolithic firemaking and grow your own bonfireGlen Tanar Visitor Centre - free coach from BallaterFamily FunBook here (Opens in a new window)
SAT1300 - 1500Family Fun Woodland ActivitiesGlen Tanar Visitor Centre - free coach from BallaterFamily FunBook here (Opens in a new window)
SAT1300 - 1500Powerful PollinatorsGlen Tanar Visitor Centre - free coach from BallaterFamily FunBook here (Opens in a new window)
SAT1300 - 1500Tracks & Signs -Who is out there? Glen Tanar Visitor Centre - free coach from BallaterNature SpectacularBook here (Opens in a new window)
SAT1330 - 1430A Cocktail of Cairngorms Wild PlantsGlen Tanar Visitor CentreGuided WalkSign up sheet during the day at the Glen Tanar Big Weekend event.
SAT1400 - 1600Behind the Scenes at Balmoral EstateBalmoral Castle Estate, meet at estate office.Nature SpectacularBook here (Opens in a new window)
SAT2000 - 2200Evening ramble: beasties, bats and birdsGlen Tanar Visitor CentreNature SpectacularBook here (Opens in a new window)
SUNStarts at 1000Woodland trust tree plantingCallater Car ParkGet InvolvedBook here (Opens in a new window)
SUN1300 - 1500Wee Beasties In The Big WoodsCambus o' May Foretry Commission ScotlandFamily FunBook here (Opens in a new window)
SUN1300 - 1600Camp Fire CapersBraemar Curling PondFamily FunBook here (Opens in a new window)
SUN1300 - 1600The Gift of TreesBraemar Curling PondNature SpectacularBook here (Opens in a new window)
SUN1900 - 2100SCOTLAND: the BIG picture at Balmoral with Pete CairnsBalmoralNature SpectacularBook here (Opens in a new window)

Find out more about each individual event in the Glen Tanar & Upper Deeside 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