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Retail Therapy Matters

Written by Visit Cairngorms on September 3rd, 2015

The Cairngorms National Park offers an unrivalled shopping experience. Whatever your style, interests and ethos there is a wealth of distinctive retail options. Sample the very best local food and drink purchased directly at source, at a farm shop or market; indulge in retail therapy on a high street populated with independent shops or find…
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Go wild for foraging in the Cairngorms National Park

Written by Visit Cairngorms on August 27th, 2015

Once upon a time foraging would have been a way of life. It probably still is in many cultures around the world, but for Western civilisation it has long been considered a little bit out of the ordinary. However wild food is undergoing a resurgence. Just look at the Great British Bake Off’s star baker…
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Etape Royale

Written by Visit Cairngorms on August 20th, 2015

We are lucky in the Cairngorms National Park to be the chosen venue for many cycle events. Given the spectacular scenery and the quiet roads, it’s not hard to see why. One of the most recent additions to the events calendar is the Etape Royale, a closed road cycle event with a 65 mile or…
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Make merry at Ballater’s Victoria Week

Written by Visit Cairngorms on August 4th, 2015

Every year, in the second week of August, the pretty village of Ballater on Royal Deeside, plays host to 9 days of festivities. The event’s strapline “Be Amused” and the area’s Royal connections gives a clue to its heritage. First celebrated in 1987 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s accession and to raise…
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A Royal Seal of Approval

Written by Visit Cairngorms on July 30th, 2015

Following various food scandals in the last few years, most notoriously ‘horse meat’ pies, more than ever we want to know where our meat is coming from, which is why more and more of us are choosing to visit our local butcher. We are lucky to have some really great suppliers of local meat in…
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A roof or stars over your head?

Written by Visit Cairngorms on July 2nd, 2015

When planning a break away one of the key decisions is accommodation. The Cairngorms National Park has a wide range of places to stay so, wherever you lay your head, there is sure to be something to cater for all tastes and budgets. What’s On takes a look at some of the more unusual, quirky…
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Not a Deep Fred Mars Bar in Sight

Written by Visit Cairngorms on June 28th, 2015

If you’ve ever been lucky enough to be the guests of Andy and Rebecca at Fraoch Lodge in Boat of Garten, then you’ll know they’re right to be proud of the food they serve. Their menus owe much to their garden – which has over the past 5 years produced a large part of their…
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A Time to Celebrate

Written by Visit Cairngorms on June 2nd, 2015

The Highland’s biggest birthday party is taking place on your doorstep and it’s a celebration you don’t want to miss. With over 100 events over eight days, ‘Grantown 250: The Strathspey Seven Festivals’ in Grantown-on-Spey is an event to rival all others. From interactive displays, a historical pub crawl, music evenings, buffets, barbecues, tastings and…
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Spring in the Highlands

Written by Visit Cairngorms on May 26th, 2015

This is a great short film by Wilderness Scotland celebrating Spring in the Scottish Highlands. The film was shot across the Cairngorms National Park with some mountain biking activity to highlight the change in life occurring from up in the hills all the way down to the glens. Local rider, Nash Masson provided the skills.

Pancakes from Glenshee Eco Camp

Written by Visit Cairngorms on May 19th, 2015

    We’re often told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day but not many of us have the time for a leisurely feast first thing in the morning. When you do, make the most of it and tuck it into something special. We’ve got just the recipe for you with Glenshee…
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