Spring 2017 Activities and Events Near AviemorePosted on: 15 February 2017
Take Scotland’s only funicular railway up Cairngorm to Top Station with breathtaking views from over 3,500ft [1097m] up the mountain. Funicular passengers may exit the top station to go onto the mountain provided they are booked on a guided walk or a guided mountain bike descent.
Cairngorm Funicular Railway Timetable:
Trains run daily. Winter schedule:
First train up at 10.00.
Last train down at 16:00
The service is weather dependent so it’s always best to check the status of lifts and pistes at Cairngorm before travelling to ensure that the service is running.
Skiing, Snowboarding, Freestyle, Telemarking. Whatever your favourite the Winter season goes through until April. Depending on snow conditions and weather Winter activities take place daily.
Highland Wildlife Park
Situated just 7 miles south of Aviemore, the Highland Wildlife Park is home to birds such as the famous capercaillie, Eurasian Eagle Owl and Snowy Owl, mammals including polar bears, tigers, wolves and the rare Scottish wild cat and a variety of other animals such as bison, reindeer, beaver and red panda. This huge variety of wildlife makes the Park a great place for taking the kids and there’s enough to keep them entertained for the whole day.
Guided tours are available in Land Rovers or coaches and there are daily feeding talks for snow monkeys, polar bears, wildcats, reindeer, tigers and lynx.
Important note: As of 1 January 2017, dogs will not be permitted into Highland Wildlife Park, including the car park.
The Park is open every day of the year except Christmas Day.
November to March 10 am to 4 pm (last entry 3 pm)
April to October 10 am to 5 pm (last entry 4 pm)
July to August 10 am to 6 pm (last entry 5 pm)
On days with deep snow and ice, it’s best to phone the park before starting your journey to avoid disappointment (01540 651270).
UpBattle Splitboard Specific Weekender
18 – 19 March 2017
A must for all splitboarders! Upbattle is a two day celebration of splitboarding featuring product demos, talks and the Upbattle Derby, a unique checkpoint race where you split your board, ascend the mountain before putting it back together and riding down to the base.
Strathspey Steam Railway
Mother’s Day Special
26 March 2017
Treat Mum this Mother’s Day with a three-course traditional Sunday Lunch and a 2-hour vintage train trip through Cairngorms National Park. 13:00 departure.
16th April 2017
Bring the whole family for a fun Easter Sunday train ride at The Strathspey Railway.
Services depart Aviemore at 10:30, 12:30 and 14:45. The return journey lasts around 90 minutes including a couple of short stops at Boat of Garten and Broomhill stations.
Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival
Various Speyside locations
27 April – 1st May 2017
The annual Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival is a celebration of Scotland’s national drink with a huge number of events taking place around the course of one of Scotland’s most famous rivers.
Visitors come from around the world to enjoy the special atmosphere created by the huge number of events on offer from whisky tasting, distillery visits, live music, arts and crafts and outdoor activities.
The Cairngorm Reindeer Herd
From mid February 2017
The Cairngorm Reindeer Herd is Britain’s only free-ranging herd of reindeer. The Centre in Glenmore is open from the February half-term holidays right through the year to early January. A daily guided hill trip with one of our experienced reindeer herders takes visitors up onto the mountainside where the main herd live all year round,
RSPB Loch Garten
Saturday 1 April to Sunday 14 May
At the Loch Garten Osprey Centre you can watch for the most enigmatic of birds, the Capercaillie. Binoculars and telescopes are available. CCTV cameras, which can be controlled from the Osprey Centre, can also offer close up views of the birds. Please remember, these are wild birds and a sight of them cannot be guaranteed. Come wrapped up warm! There is NO need to book. You do need to get up at the crack of dawn!
Daily 5.30am – 8.00am