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The Braemar Nature Festival 10-19 May programme has landed!

Through a fantastic collaborative effort we have been able to pull together over 20 events over the week covering everything from health and nature walks to film nights, bat and moth safari’s to a Wood Ant walk. Several of our local estates are offering exciting events to learn more about the work they are undertaking, show you some of their wildlife and have the opportunity to assist with some conservation volunteering.

Discover more about Braemars past with a fascinating glaciology walk, learn how to use camera traps to their full extent and become a mountain hare surveyor; these are just a few of the events we have planned.

A full programme complete with booking links is available here:…/braemar-nature-festival-2024

If you are an individual, organisation or business who would like to get involved then please do get in touch either here or [email protected]; the more people we can engage with nature the better!

And finally please spread the word. You can save this jpeg and circulate it to any groups and individuals who may be interested or print it out and place in your business window for everyone to see!

We look forward to seeing you all in May.

A 10 mile race with a mix of road and trail running.

Starting and finishing in Monaltrie Park, Ballater.

Entries will open later in the spring…all details will be on the Deeside runners website

🌟 Calling all Bluey and Bingo fans! 🌟

Don’t miss out on a fantastic opportunity to see your beloved animated characters in real life. On May 11th and 12th, Landmark Forest Adventure Park will be hosting a special event featuring Bluey and Bingo. Get ready to play, explore, and make new friends with the cutest Heeler duo. 🐶🐾

So, as well as a visit to the park and accessing all the usual attractions you can also get to see two favourite characters.

Remember and bring your camera!

Book tickets to the park at:

Join one of our experienced rangers on a half day walk into the stunning Northern Corries leaving from Cairngorm Mountain. You’ll gain an insight into the landscape and environment and discover amazing views and facts about this wild mountain environment. Walking at a gentle pace you will also stop for lunch with plenty of stops for photographs too.

The first TweedLove Enduro Series round on 27 – 28 April heads north to Laggan – look forward to some legendary natural trails, lots of rock, technical features and new flow. This is also the first BNES round so it’s going to be busy. We’re very pleased to be working with Laggan Forest Trust to make this happen.

The race will be based in Laggan Wolftrax, with Practice on Saturday and Race Day on Sunday. Detailed information is emailed to participants in advance. Click here for more info on the TweedLove Enduro Series or Round 2, Round 3 and Round 4.

Join foraging expert Tamara Colchester on a three-hour spring walk that will introduce participants to around 15 wild, edible and medicinal trees, flowers and plants, along with their etymology, folklore and how best to prepare them.

Learn as you go about poisonous plants, and how to safely identify and avoid them. This meditative, sensory walk will take you into the riotous abundance of spring, ending in a foraged herbal tea with delicious cakes and biscuits prepared with wild ingredients.

Ticket price: £45 per person, children (under 16 years old) £20.

Time: 10.30am – 1.30pm

When: Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th May

Where: The walk will take roughly 3 hours and will remain within the Gardens & Grounds of Blair Castle, so an ability to manage this distance is required.

About foraging expert, Tamara Colchester

Over the past eight years, Tamara has been studying wild plants and her journey began when she was carrying out research for a film about hunter-gatherers. Inspired by her initial findings, she embraced the idea of discovering how people can live off the land in the Northern Hemisphere and in particular the UK. She has built up an incredible knowledge of plants, their food and medicinal benefits, as well as becoming attuned to the seasons and understanding how our eating requirements change and adapt with the weather. In addition to learning about the plants, herbs, trees and flowers in the UK, she has also taken time to understand animal tracking, as to survive in the Northern Hemisphere an omnivore diet is essential.

We invite you to join us for a celebration of Ballindalloch Distillery, Whisky and Estate, an unmissable afternoon of whisky, food, music and fun.

Come and explore our beautiful Single Estate Distillery and discover what makes us unique in Speyside: our traditional manual production process and the circular economy within the Estate of our natural resources and by-products. From the very outset, the production of our Whisky was always destined to be “hands on”. With a clear commitment to tradition, the Single Estate nature of our process allows us to control every aspect of Whisky making. From the barley we grow at our Home Farm to the draff fed back to cattle across the Estate, we craft our Whisky in a way that generations past would have recognised.

Your ticket includes access to the Distillery production and operational areas. You will be joining us for an afternoon of Ballindalloch Single Malt Whisky drams, food from our Ballindalloch BBQ featuring Aberdeen Angus meat, the breed closely associated with Ballindalloch (a delicious vegan option will be available too) and tasty home-bakes from Lagmore Café.

As a family owned and working estate, the Macpherson-Grants invite you to experience many aspects of estate life through various fun activities. We will have archery, fly-fishing demonstrations (and for you to try), golf challenges, live music, and much more. Also, as Chieftain of the Aberlour Highland Games, current Laird, Guy Macpherson-Grant is looking forward to watching you join in some caber tossing and other Games sports. With so much to see & do, we guarantee you a great afternoon at Ballindalloch.

Spring Gathering Nethy Bridge Saturday 4th May, 1200-1600 – Nethy Bridge playing field.

Enjoy an afternoon out for all the family on our woodland area here in Nethy Bridge.

Many local crafters, fabulous food vendors, Local Charities and Groups have all signed up to showcase thier wares and promote what’s on throughout the year.

Our annual gathering also includes a tea tent with home baking and fun filled children’s activities such as an assault course and cookie decorating.

Experience wellness travel at its finest with our carefully curated active getaway that seamlessly fuse adventure, fitness, and relaxation. Embark on an unforgettable journey toward improved wellbeing in a location that’s nothing short of breath-taking.

Join us on this extraordinary adventure, where the Cairngorms National Park becomes the backdrop for your health and wellness transformation.

Our goal is to challenge you physically and provide the ultimate mental escape in the midst of the stunning Cairngorms National Park.

Nestled within our secluded mountain lodge, the Cairngorms Experience Retreat offers a unique blend of outdoor fitness experiences and wellness adventure holidays. It’s the ideal destination for those seeking health and fitness vacations that transcend the ordinary.

This 2 Day Trek is for those who want to experience the psychological and physical wellbeing that the remote beauty and wildness of the Cairngorm mountains and glens bring. The sheer act of living, walking through and sleeping out in nature, unplugged from every day distractions can be life changing.

The Cairngorms is our home and we consider it to be a very special place. The only sub-arctic area of the UK, it is also home to a vast array of geological and biological interest. From its high rocky plateau and glacially carved corries, to its uniquely adapted wildlife and stunning alpine flora.

This trek will be over 2 days, and taken at a leisurely pace. It’s perfect for beginners and those looking to learn how to wild-camp responsibly, and gain skills and confidence to do so.

Our journey will start somewhere between Glenmore and Cairngorm Mountain Ski Centre, depending on route and weather. It may take in more low-level environments such as the Caledonian Forest, or more of the rocky Cairngorm Plateau…

There’s a term we like to use here in Scotland, which is to “stravaig”, meaning to wander or roam, freely moving across the landscape however you feel. While we will follow a rough route decided by your guide, there will be plenty of opportunity to stravaig, hopefully allowing time to take in all of the beauty this part of the world brings.

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