Posts for January, 2024

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  1. 20th October 2024

The weather turns a little chillier by October, so this Car Boot Sale is indoors!
📅 Sunday 20 October 2024
⏰ 12:00
📍 Boat of Garten Community Hall
£10 / table
Our Car Boot Sales will happen in August (outdoor), September (outdoor) and October (indoor) this year.
If you are interested in holding a stall, please get in touch.

Join Cairngorms Astronomy Group and Tomintoul & Glenlivet Development Trust at Glenlivet’s Blairfindy Moor Dark Sky Discovery site in the Tomintoul & Glenlivet Cairngorms Dark Sky Park for a small group (up to 6) stargazing session. We’ll look at stars, planets, and constellations and share resources for improving your celestial knowledge.

The Glenlivet and Tomintoul area is one of the best places in the Cairngorms National Park to discover the wonders of the night sky. It is Scotland’s second International Dark Sky Park and the most northerly in the world. Blairfindy Moor is a superb destination for stargazers and aurora hunters and is located just above The Glenlivet Distillery.

Please note that there are no toilets or facilities on site and parking is limited. As we will be outside in January, please dress appropriately for cold and changeable weather. Lots of layers, along with gloves and hat will make your stargazing experience more enjoyable. Please also wear appropriate footwear for wet and wintry conditions. Participants will be emailed by the organiser on the afternoon of the event if conditions are unsuitable.

Suggested donation £10 on the night helps to support the Tomintoul & Glenlivet Cairngorms Dark Sky Park.

Supported by the Dorenell Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund.

Quiz night in the Lounge Bar . £1 entry per person .Cash Only. Cairngorm Stovies at half time

Quiz Night in the Lounge Bar . £1 entry per person Cash Only. Cairngorm Stovies at half time

We meet monthly on a Friday to discuss and share your book recommendations.

Refreshments available for a donation.

Quiz Night in the Lounge Bar. £1 entry Cash Only . Cairngorm Stovies at half time

Join us for a screening of the new film The Oil Machine on 15 November at 7.30pm in The Grant Arms, Grantown-on-Spey for an inspiring screening and conversation on our energy future.

The Oil Machine explores our economic, historical and emotional entanglement with fossil fuels by looking at the conflicting imperatives around North Sea oil & gas. This invisible machine at the core of our economy and society now faces an uncertain future as activists and investors demand change. Is this the end of oil?

The film brings together a wide range of voices from oil company executives, economists, young activists, oil workers, pension fund managers, and considers how this machine can be tamed, dismantled or repurposed.

Whether you are just starting out in the sport, or an experienced triathlete chasing a PB, this event will give you the chance to push yourself whilst experiencing some of the best views the Cairngorms has to offer.

Join us at Loch Insh Outdoor Centre on Saturday 8thh June 2024!

Registration will be open from 9:30am at Loch Insh Outdoor Centre, giving you plenty of time to set up your transition zone.

Fitnessat58° Founder, Sam Cairns will lead an event brief and warm up on Loch Insh beach at 11:45am, before the race begins at 12pm.

The race will start and finish is at Loch Insh Outdoor Centre. There will be vehicles available for you to leave your belongings during the race.

Car parking will be available at the Kincraig Shinty Pitch, next to the Loch Insh Outdoor Centre, just two minute walk from the car park to registration.

The Speyside Triathlon Distances

1. 500m swim

2. 18km cycle – 70% gravel/forest tracks and 30% road

3. 10km run – 90% gravel/forest tracks and 10% road 

What is required?
  • Wetsuit (optional but recommended – our partners Tiso have an excellent open water swimming range, check it out in store or online!)
  • Mountain bike and helmet. Gravel bikes are also acceptable
  • Bike repair kit (optional – please note we cannot accommodate bike repairs along the course)
  • Running shoes
  • Warm, dry kit for after the race
  • Personal snacks, gels and water
What’s included?
  • Entry fee
  • Warm up with Fitnessat58° Founder, Sam Cairns
  • Chip timing and results sent out on the day
  • A well deserved medal at the finish
  • Photos of the event free of charge
  • Full first aid cover
  • Enthusiastic marshals to cheer you on
  • Water stops along the course
  • Prizes for the top three female and male athletes
  • An exclusive Speyside Triathlon discount at Loch Insh Outdoor Centre AND Tiso outdoor shop located in Aviemore

A past Grand Master Mason of the Grand Lodge of Scotland, Marcus Humphrey, will explain the origins and development of Scottish Freemasonry worldwide, dispel some of the myths surrounding Freemasonry, and how the organization is adapting itself to being a relevant force in modern society. He will point out some famous names amongst Scottish Freemasons and have a look at the local Lodges.

This talk is centred on the visit to Scotland by George IV in 1822, it also looks at the conditions in Scotland prior to then and the longer-term consequences of the visit with a particular emphasis on Badenoch & Strathspey. Sir Walter Scott organised the pageantry of the visit and this talk follows the growth of Romanticism and the creation of an image of Scotland that has had lasting effects, particularly in the Highlands.

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