Cairngorms National Park

Wee Walks Week, 16-23 September

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

Every Friday 10am – 11.30am

Cost: Free

A ranger led walk, over easy ground. To recover/improve fitness and well-being.

  • Booking:   
    • Not required
  • Contact:    
  • Meet:
    • Glen Tanar Visitor Centre

Glen Tanar Ranger Service

Thursday 23rd May 9.30am – 1pm

Cost: Adult RSPB members £8.00; Adult non-members £10.00; Children under 16 Free

Join a reserve Warden to look for seasonal wildlife. May is all about birds. What will we spot? We never know! Join us to find out. A three-mile walk along rough paths.

  • Booking:   
    • Preferred
  • Contact:   
  • Meet:        
    • RSPB Insh Marshes Car Park – PH21 1NS

RSPB Insh Marshes

Wednesday 5th June 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

Wednesday 5th June 7pm - 9pm

Cost: FREE - but booking is essential

Come and explore your responses to nature through these fun and supportive creative writing activities.

No experience or equipment required, just enthusiasm!

  • Booking:   
    • Essential
  • Contact:   
  • Meet:       
    • Victoria and Albert Hall, Station Square, Ballater, AB35 5QB

Thursday 6th June 2pm – 3pm

Cost: £3 per child, adults go free

A chance for children (aged 5 & under) to get outdoors and explore nature through games and play.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Mar Lodge Ranger Service

Wednesday 12th June 4pm – 7pm

Cost: We make no charge for this event but we rely on your donations to help us protect our Highland wildlife and heritage. To operate our Countryside Ranger Service it costs £9.73 per visitor.

A lovely walk for botanists experienced or not taking in some of the most gorgeous orchids to be found in the Cairngorms. Bring a hand lens if you have one but don’t worry the ranger has spares! The route is in Newtonmore on flat but uneven ground approx. distance 3-4km. Over 18’s only please.

  • Booking:       
  • Contact:       
    • Saranne Bish – 01479 874 696 or 07818 588 222;
    • [email protected];
    • https://www.highlifehighland.com/rangers/
  • Meet:           
    • Meeting place to be given out after booking via email.

High Life Highland Countryside Ranger

Wednesday 12th June 7pm - 9pm

Cost: FREE - but booking is essential

Come and explore your responses to nature through these fun and supportive creative writing activities.

No experience or equipment required, just enthusiasm!

  • Booking:   
    • Essential
  • Contact:   
  • Meet:       
    • Victoria and Albert Hall, Station Square, Ballater, AB35 5QB

Saturday 15th June 10am – 3.30pm

Cost: FREE

An opportunity to ‘put something back’. Work with the Glen Tanar Ranger Services and John Muir Trust volunteers.

Tools and instruction provided. Bring a packed lunch and wear comfortable outdoor clothes and boots.

  • Booking:   
    • Essential
  • Contact:   
  • Meet:        
    • Glen Tanar Visitor Centre car park – AB34 5EU

Glen Tanar Ranger Service

Sunday 16th June 11am – 3pm

Cost: £9.60 adult; £5.40 concession

This walk should provide an opportunity to get excellent views of breeding Golden Eagles (no guarantee you will see them) as they bring prey to their young.

  • Booking:    
    • Essential – www.ticketsource.co.uk/angusalive
  • Contact:    
  • Meet:          
    • Glen Doll Ranger Base – DD8 4RD

Angus Glens Ranger Service

Wednesday 19th June 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

Wednesday 19th June 7pm - 9pm

Cost: FREE - but booking is essential

Come and explore your responses to nature through these fun and supportive creative writing activities.

No experience or equipment required, just enthusiasm!

  • Booking:   
    • Essential
  • Contact:   
  • Meet:       
    • Victoria and Albert Hall, Station Square, Ballater, AB35 5QB

Thursday 20th June 9.30am – 1pm

Cost: Adult RSPB members £8.00; Adult non-members £10.00; Children under 16 Free

Join a reserve Warden to look for seasonal wildlife. June is great! Flowers, birds and insects! What will we spot? We never know! Join us to find out. A three-mile walk along rough paths.

  • Booking:   
    • Preferred
  • Contact:   
  • Meet:        
    • RSPB Insh Marshes Car Park – PH21 1NS

RSPB Insh Marshes

Wednesday 26th June 7pm - 9pm

Cost: FREE - but booking is essential

Come and explore your responses to nature through these fun and supportive creative writing activities.

No experience or equipment required, just enthusiasm!

  • Booking:   
    • Essential
  • Contact:   
  • Meet:       
    • Victoria and Albert Hall, Station Square, Ballater, AB35 5QB

Thursday 27th June 10am – 1pm

Cost: £5 per child

Find out what wildlife lives on Mar Lodge Estate. We will learn some tracking skills before going on a walk in the wild to look for any wildlife or signs.

Aimed at ages 7-12. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Mar Lodge Ranger Service

Wednesday 3rd July 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 4th July 10am – 4pm

Cost: Adult RSPB members £8.00; Adult non-members £10.00; Children under 16 Free

Join a reserve Warden to celebrate National Meadows Day being dazzled by summer wildflowers at their peak, including several species of orchids. A three-mile walk along rough paths. Bring a packed lunch.

  • Booking:   
    • Preferred
  • Contact:   
  • Meet:        
    • RSPB Insh Marshes Car Park – PH21 1NS

RSPB Insh Marshes

Thursday 4th July 2pm – 3pm

Cost: £3 per child, adults go free

A chance for children (aged 5 & under) to get outdoors and explore nature through games and play.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Mar Lodge Ranger Service

Sunday 7th July 11am – 2pm

Cost: £9.60 adult; £5.40 concession

Join the Ranger and see the variety of moths to be found in the glen during the summer.

  • Booking:    
    • Essential – www.ticketsource.co.uk/angusalive
  • Contact:    
  • Meet:          
    • Glen Doll Ranger Base – DD8 4RD

Angus Glens Ranger Service

Tuesday 9th July 1pm – 4pm

Cost: We make no charge for this event but we rely on your donations to help us protect our Highland wildlife and heritage. To operate our Countryside Ranger Service it costs £9.73 per visitor.

Do you have what it takes to be a Golden Eagle? Join your local High Life Highland Countryside Ranger on this self-led drop-in event aimed at family groups. No need to book. No unaccompanied children please. Collect your pack from the ranger and see if you have what it takes in this fabulous setting.

  • Booking:        
    • Not Required
  • Contact:        
    • Saranne Bish – 01479 874 696 or 07818 588 222;
    • [email protected];
    • https://www.highlifehighland.com/rangers/
  • Meet:            
    • Frank Bruce Sculpture Gardens at Feshiebridge near Kincraig – PH21 1NF Grid ref: NH849045

High Life Highland Countryside Ranger

Thursday 11th July 9.30am – 1pm

Cost: Adult RSPB members £8.00; Adult non-members £10.00; Children under 16 Free

Join a reserve Warden to look for seasonal wildlife. July is all about flowers and insects. What will we spot? We never know! Join us to find out. A three-mile walk along rough paths.

  • Booking:   
    • Preferred
  • Contact:   
  • Meet:        
    • RSPB Insh Marshes Car Park – PH21 1NS

RSPB Insh Marshes

Thursday 11th July 2pm – 4pm

Cost: We make no charge for this event but we rely on your donations to help us protect our Highland wildlife and heritage. To operate our Countryside Ranger Service it costs £9.73 per visitor.

Ever wondered what beasties lurk under the surface of the water in a river? Come along and find out with your local High Life Countryside Ranger! Wear wellies and a smile! Waterproofs if its nippy. All equipment provided and hot chocolate too!

  • Booking:        
    • Essential – [email protected]  using Booking Ref: GRAN016016
    • No bookings accepted after 5pm Wed 10th July.
  • Contact:        
    • Saranne Bish – 01479 874 696 or 07818 588 222;
    • [email protected];
    • https://www.highlifehighland.com/rangers/
  • Meet:            
    • Meeting place and details given out via email on booking.

High Life Highland Countryside Ranger

Friday 12th July 12noon – 4pm

Cost: FREE

Come and join the fun at Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve.

Lots of games, crafts and activities for all the family. All under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult.

SNH

Wednesday 17th July 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.

Cost:

Mar Lodge Ranger Service

Wednesday 17th July 1pm – 4pm

Cost: We make no charge for this event but we rely on your donations to help us protect our Highland wildlife and heritage. To operate our Countryside Ranger Service it costs £9.73 per visitor.

Do you have what it takes to be a Golden Eagle? Join your local High Life Highland Countryside Ranger on this self-led drop-in event aimed at family groups. No need to book. No unaccompanied children please. Collect your pack from the ranger and see if you have what it takes in this fabulous setting.

  • Booking:        
    • Not Required
  • Contact:        
    • Saranne Bish – 01479 874 696 or 07818 588 222;
    • [email protected];
    • https://www.highlifehighland.com/rangers/
  • Meet:            
    • Forest Road entrance to Anagach Woods, Grantown-on-Spey in the Cairngorms National Park – PH26 3JL. Grid ref: NJ034275 .

High Life Highland Countryside Ranger

Saturday 20th July 10am – 4pm

Cost: FREE

An opportunity to ‘put something back’. Work with the Glen Tanar Ranger Services and John Muir Trust volunteers.

Tools and instruction provided. Bring a packed lunch and wear comfortable outdoor clothes and boots.

  • Booking:   
    • Essential
  • Contact:   
  • Meet:        
    • Glen Tanar Visitor Centre car park – AB34 5EU

Glen Tanar Ranger Service

Thursday 25th July 9.30am – 1pm

Cost: Adult RSPB members £8.00; Adult non-members £10.00; Children under 16 Free

Marvel at the mystery of moths! Join a moth expert to look through moth traps run the night before. Will we find the rare and beautiful Dark Bordered Beauty moth? It’s found at only three sites in Scotland, one of which is Insh Marshes. Come along to find out.

  • Booking:   
    • Preferred
  • Contact:   
  • Meet:         
    • RSPB Insh Marshes Car Park – PH21 1NS

RSPB Insh Marshes

 

Thursday 25th July                                        10am – 1pm

Cost: £5 per child

Learn how to navigate and have a go at finding your way home.   Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Mar Lodge Ranger Service

Thursday 25th July                                        2pm – 4pm

Cost: We make no charge for this event but we rely on your donations to help us protect our Highland wildlife and heritage.  To operate our Countryside Ranger Service it costs £9.73 per visitor.

Ever wondered what beasties lurk under the surface of the water in a river? Come along and find out with your local High Life Countryside Ranger! Wear wellies and a smile! Waterproofs if its nippy. All equipment provided and hot chocolate too! Meeting place and details given out via email on booking.

  • Booking:        
    • Essential – [email protected]  using Booking Ref: KING016021
    • No bookings accepted after 5pm Wed 24th July.
  • Contact:        
    • Saranne Bish – 01479 874 696 or 07818 588 222;
    • [email protected];
    • https://www.highlifehighland.com/rangers/
  • Meet:             
    • Meeting place and details given out via email on booking.

High Life Highland Countryside Ranger

Sunday 28th July                                            11am – 3pm

Cost: £9.60 adult; £5.40 concession

Another opportunity to view the breeding Golden Eagles before the young fledge.

  • Booking:     
    • Essential – www.ticketsource.co.uk/angusalive
  • Contact:     
  • Meet:          
    • Glen Doll Ranger Base – DD8 4RD

Angus Glens Ranger Service

Sunday 28th July                                            11.30am – 4pm

Cost: We make no charge for this event but we rely on your donations to help us protect our Highland wildlife and heritage.  To operate our Countryside Ranger Service it costs £9.73 per visitor.

It’s here again! Our favourite doggy event of the year! Join the High Life Highland Countryside Rangers, The Forestry Commission Scotland Recreation Ranger and K9 Training for another day of wacky races, daft games and obedience & agility course. Register your dog first between 11:30 & 13:30. £3 per dog. Goody bags, rosettes & prizes for some lucky dogs!

  • Booking:        
    • Essential – [email protected]  using Booking Ref: KING016021
    • No bookings accepted after 5pm Wed 24th July.
  • Contact:        
    • Saranne Bish – 01479 874 696 or 07818 588 222;
    • [email protected];
    • https://www.highlifehighland.com/rangers/
  • Meet:                         
    • The Hayfield, Glenmore Forest Park, uphill from Aviemore – PH22 1QY / NH 980 093

High Life Highland Countryside Ranger

Tuesday 30th 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, then search for day-flying moths and butterflies if time and weather allow. Find out how to take part in the Big Butterfly Count and attract pollinating insects in your own garden too.

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

SNH & Aberdeenshire Council Ranger Service in Partnership with Butterfly Conservation

Wednesday 31st July                                     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