The Easter holidays are here and many local attractions have just reopened their doors for the summer season so we thought we would help you discover some of the best things to do in the UK’s largest National Park as a family!
Visit a Castle – Blair Castle, Braemar Castle and Balmoral Castle all reopen their doors on Friday 30th March for the Season. A great opportunity to teach the kids some Scottish history.
Learn to Ski or Snowboard – Make the most of the great snow this year and take the kids to Glenshee, The Lecht or Cairngorm Mountain for a ski or snowboard lesson. Lots of places offer hire equipment but it is advisable to pre-book your gear and lessons in advance to avoid disappointment.
Swing in the Trees – Take your little monkeys on a treetop adventure at Treezone or Craggan’s High Ropes Course, fly through the canopies at Alvie’s Zip Trek Adventure Park or go on a woodland adventure at Landmark Forest Adventure Park. Age restrictions apply to some activities so please check with the individual business before booking.
Get out on your Bike – The Park boasts a huge range of mountain biking trails to suit all ages and fitness levels. There’s no need to own a bike with an array of places offering hire bikes, maps and local knowledge of routes to suit your experience level. Find out more at www.visitcairngorms.com/onabike
Pony/Horse Trekking – A treat for all the family and a great way to explore the Cairngorms. There are lots of places to have a go including Alvie Estate, Rothiemurchus, Carrbridge, Blair Castle and Highland Horse Fun. For more info visit www.visitcairngorms.com/horseriding
Visit a Polar Bear Cub – The Highland Wildlife Park is home to the first polar bear born in the UK in 25 years. The enclosure is now open to the public and visitors may be able to catch a glimpse of the exciting new arrival.
Look who’s just emerged at the Highland Wildlife Park! After spending two and a half months cosy in the cubbing den, the first polar bear cub to be born in the UK for 25 years has ventured outside with mum Victoria for the first time. Mother and cub are currently not visible to the public, however these first steps were caught on motion-sensitive cameras positioned near the den for an exclusive documentary coming to Channel 4 later this month. Find out more in our full polar bear cub update – the link is in our bio. 🔗 #HighlandWildlifePark
FREE & Pocket-Friendly Things To Do In The Holidays.
Having fun in the Cairngorms doesn’t need to break the bank. There are loads of free and low-cost activities and places to visit. Here are a few ideas to get you started….
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The Highland Folk Museum – Step back in time and discover what highland life was like from the 1700s up until the 1960s. A wonderful open-air museum which is fun for all ages. Entry is free but donations are welcome. Our Favourite bits: Exploring the township houses, feeding the chickens, Milking the cow, the real-life sweetie shop.
Go for a Picnic – There are heaps of lovely places to enjoy a picnic but some of our favourites include Loch Morlich Beach, Loch an Eilein, Loch Muick and Loch Insh. Visit our blog for more ideas.
Watch the Strathspey Steam Railway– Watch the steam train chug through Boat of Garten and stand on the bridge as it passes underneath. Little kids, in particular, will love watching the goings on here but beware of the very loud noise of the train. You can hear it throughout Strathspey when it travels from Aviemore to Broomhill.
Ranger Events – Cairngorm Rangers run lots of fun events to get involved in throughout the Park. Kids can take part in a bird box making workshop at Dinnet, Easter events at Glenmore and Blair Atholl or take a guided walk at Insh Marshes or Loch Garten. See event listings for details.
Finally the Easter bunny has been very busy in the Cairngorms! There are Easter events and egg hunts all over the National Park this year. Have a wonderful Easter break. For more details on all the events below see our what’s on guide.
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