Posts for September, 2023

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  1. 26th November 2023

Our last market of the season – lots of locally produced food, drink, crafts and gifts. Come and have a mooch around our wonderful wares – there will be Christmas gifts ideas and delicious treats in abundance!

Kingussie’s annual winter festival – FOOD ON FILM – brings the big screen to the rural Highlands of Scotland in a unique way, to celebrate and explore the world of food with a feast of short films, documentaries and features to make you laugh, make you think and make you hungry!

With filmmakers and food producers gathering to share their passions and skills, the Cairngorms Food Hall showcasing the best of Highland produce and cooking demo – it’s a recipe for a fabulous weekend! Tickets for all the films will be for sale on the door.

The most magical time of year wouldnt be complete without a trip to a Christmas Market, so join us for Boat of Garten’s popular Christmas Market here at the Community Hall.

Enter our Winter Wonderland and shop local and support the best of our local businesses, crafters and charities.

The Hall will be providing a BBQ, hot and cold drinks, home baking and some mulled drinks too to warm you up.

Tables are already starting to go, so if you have products you would like to sell at our market, get in touch – 01479 831123

Come along and explore our collections store this Doors Open Weekend. The store will be open each afternoon for you to enjoy with our team of curators and guides on hand to answer any questions you may have on the 12,000 objects that we have in our collection. Donations welcome.

Create a beautiful Christmas wreath at Blair Castle this December. Under the watchful eye of Fiona from Verbena Flowers, enjoy a two-hour workshop in the Ballroom. Choose from fresh flowers, foliage, pinecones and dried fruit as you let your creative spirit flow.

With roaring fires, a warm mince pie and a hot brew to hand, it’s the perfect way to kick-start your festive season.

Our popular Christmas market returns this November. With over 70 of Perthshire’s finest arts, crafts and food stalls gathering in the ballroom and courtyard, it’s bigger than ever – what better way to start your Christmas shopping?

The Castle will be dressed for Christmas, the restaurant & gift shop filled with festive delights, and with ample parking, it’s a great family day out for all.

Paintings and photographs with an autumn theme by mixed gallery artists. Wide range of crafts.

Scalan was originally the site of a secret Roman Catholic seminary where priests, known as ‘heather priests’ were trained in the 1700s when Catholicism was prohibited. Following the departure of the priests in 1799, Scalan reverted to a farm.

Two steading buildings were built housing corn threshing mills which served the Glenlivet farming community. The threshing machines and water wheels are still in place along with a wealth of historical graffiti telling the story of farming life in the 19th and 20th centuries.

A major project to conserve the mill buildings took place in 2019, restoring the waterwheel and lade in North Mill and improving visitor access to the site. This was funded through the Tomintoul & Glenlivet Landscape Partnership with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Join members of the Scalan Association and Glenlivet & Inveravon Heritage Ranger Lydia on a guided tour of the site and the mill buildings. In addition to being a special area of historical interest, this area of the Glenlivet Estate abounds with oystercatchers, curlews, and lapwings in the spring and summer months – be sure to bring your binoculars if you have them.

We will be meeting in the Carrachs car park before proceeding by foot along a farm track, 1km from the car park at the end of the public road. Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for changeable weather.

Donations to the Scalan Association on the day are most appreciated and help them to care for this special place.

Children are very welcome to attend.
Toilets are available on site in the summer months.

Well behaved dogs are welcome in the mill buildings, but are not permitted in the seminary. Please note that sheep and other livestock live on site. Please be aware that there may be cattle present on the walk in.

Funded by Foundation Scotland from the Dorenell Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund.

MAXIMILIANO MARTIN & FRIENDS – Maxi, Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s Principal Clarinet, is joined by Andre Cebrián – SCO Principal Flute: Cerys Ambrose-Evans – SCO Principal Bassoon and Scott Mitchell – Piano.

Their programme will encompass Donizetti, Beethoven, Saint-Saens, Villalobos, Devienne, Jolivet and Glinka.

A wide-ranging Historical Talk by Neil MacGregor centred on his great-grandfather Alexander MacGregor, born at Milton of Cromdale circa 1828, brewer and manager at Balmenach Distillery, proprietor of the Black Bull Inn, Grantown and hotel tourism magnate operating in Braemar, Ballater, Nairn, and Oban. Refreshments available.

Talk is free but donations are welcome. (Note: Public talk at 7.30pm follows closed AGM of The Grantown Society at 7pm).

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