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Biggest Ever International Line Up for 22nd Annual World Porridge Making Championships

Written by Visit Cairngorms on October 8th, 2015

Did you know its World Porridge Day on Saturday? I love porridge so this year’s World Porridge Making Championships is an event that certainly appeals to me. And it’s attracting all sorts: A Finnish biochemist, a Swedish doctor, a Norwegian museum manager, a Swiss miller, a South African chef, and a Czech small food business…
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Etape Royale Done!!

Written by Visit Cairngorms on October 6th, 2015

Final preparations had been made, bag was packed and all that was left to do was sleep….something I struggle with at the best of times but on the plus side there was no way I would be sleeping in. Etape Royale day had dawned! So last Sunday morning a friend and I set off at…
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Cultivating, shaping and sharing our musical heritage

Written by Visit Cairngorms on October 1st, 2015

Traditional music, embracing an eclectic mix of styles and tempos, is alive and thriving across the Cairngorms National Park. One organisation that has been at the fore in nurturing young musical talent has been Fèis Spè. (Fèis is a Gaelic arts and culture festival). Established in 1990 by a group of local musicians and volunteers,…
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Etape Royale Countdown

Written by Visit Cairngorms on September 25th, 2015

The Etape Royale is now only 2 days away! The last few months have passed quickly and Autumn has most definitely arrived with a real chill in the air the last few days. The weather looks to be ok for Sunday (slightly worried I am jinxing it by writing this) so that is definitely a…
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Don’t miss these autumn events in the Cairngorms

Written by Visit Cairngorms on September 20th, 2015

The nights are definitely drawing in, but despite the distinct presence of autumn in the air, things are as lively as ever in the Cairngorms National Park.   This year the area plays host to a variety of events and festivals celebrating the best local food and drink alongside top traditional musicians. So fill your…
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Etape Royale: Training continues….

Written by Visit Cairngorms on September 11th, 2015

Training continues for the Etape Royale which is now less than 3 weeks away! The 27th September is approaching fast. If you are still thinking about entering and have not yet done so, you have until Monday 21st to get your entry in. Brand new for 2015 the Etape Royale is a closed-road cycle sportive…
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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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