Cairngorms National Park - Highland Perthshire, Aviemore, Glenlivet, Royal Deeside

Cairngorms National Park. Welcome to the Cairngorms Park accommodation and holiday blog. On you'll find the widest range of self-catering holiday homes, hotels, guest houses, B&Bs, hostels and caravanning/camp sites situated in the Cairngorms Park, from Blair Atholl to Aviemore, into Glenlivet and Royal Deeside. You'll also find details of all the villages and tourist attractions in the Cairngorms Park, information on active-, water- and snow sports, including every annual event and festival. Look for our definitive guide to the Cairngorms National Park's golf courses, places to eat and drink, the best nightlife, distilleries and other world class visitor attractions. Your Cairngorms Park holiday starts here!

Set against the spectacular backdrop of the Cairngorm mountains and ancient Scots Pine Forests, Aviemore and The Cairngorms National Park remains Scotland's favourite all year round visitor destination. Whether you're skiing, snow boarding, climbing, walking or just touring, you'll be doing it in some of Europe's finest and most spectacular National Park.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Fire at the Braeriach Hotel August 2010

Last night a fire broke out at the Braeriach Hotel, in Newtonmore, Cairngorms National Park.  Local fire fighters attending the scene and extinguished the fire before it causes severe damage.

It is understood that there were no injuries.  We do hope this popular bar and hotel is back up and running as normal as soon as possible.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Nethy Bridge - Cairngorms National Park

Situated in the heart of beautiful Strathspey in the Highlands of Scotland between Aviemore and Grantown, Nethy Bridge is the perfect centre to enjoy the countryside of the glorious Scottish Highlands and the Cairngorms National Park.

Nethy Bridge boasts a full range of accommodation from hotels to bed and breakfast, self catering establishments or hostels, and has easy access to a vast range of activities throughout the area.

The village of Nethy Bridge - often affectionately referred to simply as "Nethy" has been a holiday destination since Victorian times, yet it remains unspoilt with the majority of accommodation hidden away in quiet locations next to the ancient Caledonian pine forest.

With the dramatic backdrop of the often snowcapped Cairngorm mountains and hundreds of acres of Abernethy Forest (RSPB owned) Nethy Bridge spans the lower reaches of the River Nethy a mile before it reaches the River Spey, one of Scotland's foremost salmon rivers. The forests around Nethy are full of interesting wildlife from Red Squirrels, Crested Tits, Crossbills and Capercaillie, to Pine Martens and the rarely spotted Wild Cat. There are also rare flowers like the Twinflower and Creeping Ladies Tresses.

Built in 1810, the bridge is a classic Telford design with three arches, and is in the heart of the village. It had to be repaired after the August 1829 Moray (N.E. Scotland) Flood when part of it was washed away. In all, Nethy can boast 4 Telford bridges in the village.

Originally called Abernethy, Nethy Bridge was renamed when the railways came this far north in the 1860's. The Great North of Scotland Railway already had a village called Abernethy on its line further south, so renamed this one Nethy Bridge to differentiate the two. The place name Abernethy is still frequently used around here - Abernethy Highland Games, Abernethy Forest etc. For more info on Nethy Bridge..

Friday, 13 August 2010

This project has been supported by: Passionate about good food and walking?

The great outdoors is about to become your dining room at a new ‘gastro ramble’ taking place this autumn. Organised by Royal Deeside and The Cairngorms Destination Management Organisation (DMO), the 2010 TanaLonga will lead walkers through the Glen Tanar Estate in Royal Deeside taking in stunning beauty spots and four mouth-watering food stops along the way.

During the day walkers will have the chance to explore a number of historic sites, including the Chapel of St Lesmo and Victoria’s Fountain, while indulging in the finest local produce Royal Deeside has to offer. To bring the TanaLonga experience to life, story tellers and rangers will help to set the scene and answer any questions about key areas of interest.

Getting the debut event off on the right footing, a light snack of muffins, scones and pastries will be on offer at the Chapel courtesy of Woodend Barn. After a leisurely roam to Knockie View Point, walkers will be able to capture the day with a few photos taken by the TanaLonga photographer. A tasty starter will be served at this pretty location – giving walkers a quick energy boost.

Next stop on the estate is the Lime Tree, where participants will see an illicit still and sample a dram from Royal Lochnagar Distillery while listening to tales of its production in days gone by. The main course which includes a selection of locally sourced meats will be served here on picnic blankets and tables.

The last stop on the walk is the Porphyry Bridge – a stunning setting thanks to the succulent blaeberrys which cover the land at this time of year. Delicious deserts from Milton of Crathes will be served to weary walkers– a perfect way to end this new gastro ramble experience.

The TanaLonga is suitable for the whole family however some small hills will make it difficult for wheelchair users and pushchair access. Please contact organisers who will offer an alternative route, if required. Dogs more than welcome!

Comfortable shoes and waterproofs are highly recommended. The event will take place even if the weather is inclement.

Tickets must be purchased in advance

£20 for adults, £15 for under 15s and free for children under 10. There is no charge for parking.

To find out more or to purchase tickets for the TanaLonga ‘gastro ramble’ visit or call 01224 646488.

in reference to: Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms :: TanaLonga (view on Google Sidewiki)

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Highland Wildlife Park's polar bear to be weighed

The UK's only polar bear is to be weighed to help her keepers determine the state of her health.

Mercedes was moved from Edinburgh Zoo to the Highland Wildlife Park at Kincraig in the Cairngorms Park last year.

Her estimated age of 29 is old for a polar bear, but wildlife park staff said she was healthy and in good condition.

Mercedes has been "trained" to step on to mechanical scales set up in her enclosure.

Animal collection manager Douglas Richardson said the scales were in a small passage which connects her two roofed den areas.

He said: "Although Mercedes is actually quite gentle for a polar bear, we still need to be very careful when working close to her, even when separated by a wall of steel mesh, as she is very capable of harming any one of us."

Mr Richardson added: "The real drive to get her weighed accurately is to allow us to carry out a comprehensive health check.

"She gives all the signs of being in perfect health, but she is at the upper end of a polar bear's lifespan and we want to ensure that we are not missing any potential age-related problems that may reduce her quality of life if they are not dealt with.

"All wild animals are pre-conditioned to hide illness to avoid predation or harassment, and a zoo polar bear is no exception, so her pending health check is very important."

in reference to: BBC News - Highland Wildlife Park's polar bear to be weighed (view on Google Sidewiki)

Wednesday, 4 August 2010


This Saturday 7th of August 2010

Featuring the Annual Clan Macpherson Rally

Welcome to the official website of the Newtonmore Highland Games. We hope you will take a few minutes of your time to enjoy the site.

The Newtonmore Games have always been based on tradition and 2010 is no different.

We have for your entertainment at least four Pipe Bands taking part in a spectacular festival of colour and sound.

As usual we have the spectacular sights of the Clan Macpherson Annual Rally and March to the Games. We expect to welcome many clansmen from all parts of the globe.

A great crowd pleaser as always are the heavy events which consist of many varied disciplines of strength and skill. For 2010 we are delighted to host once again a heavyweight contest.

The highland dancing is another very popular attraction as the dancers perform their intricate moves to the sound of the pipes.

You will find at the top end of the field the lone pipers competing in the Pibroch and Strathspey and Reel all hoping to please the judges.

Also on display are the athletes, young and old running sprints and middle distance races. The kids events are not to be missed.

On the athletics front the Creag Dhubh hill race is the highlight of the day.

The 2010 Newtonmore Highland Games are a day out not to be missed.

in reference to: Newtonmore Highland Games and Clan Macpherson Rally (view on Google Sidewiki)

Monday, 2 August 2010

Introduction to Beekeeping in the Cairngorms

Up here in the Highlands of Scotland bees are famous for producing Heather Honey. A particular type of honey due to it being produced from the nectar of only Heather, of which there is lots of - especially here in the Cairngorms National Park!

There was great excitement in the team when they were informed that the CNPA  were running an Introduction to Beekeeping Course in conjunction with Highland Bee Supplies (HBS) .

Unfortunately, Susan and Al could not make it, but I headed of to the Grant Arms Hotel in Grantown-on-Spey to learn about all things honey and buzzy. The course was split into two main sections, the morning involved classroom lectures presented by Neil from HBS. The class was very informative and all the students got involved in asking all types and levels of questions. The practical in the afternoon was great, it was very hand on, and we all got to handle a live hive with over 40,000 bees. We were supplied with all the protective clothing needed, suits or smocks, and gloves. Unfortunately one or two people got stung, but that’s just life when handling 40,000 bees. Rest assured, I will be putting an order in for bees in 2011.

A big thank you to Andy from the CNPA for organising the event and also to the team from Highland Bee Supplies who put on a great course. If you get a chance, I would recommend going on this course, whether you plan to get bees or not. Anyone for honey?

Below are some picture of the training course and some little info snippets. As you can see the practical was REALLY hand was great!

Honey is basically nectar with added enzymes. Nectar is the clear liquid that drops from the end of a flower blossom, which is 80% water with some complex sugars. The bees suck the nectar and once their stomach is full, they return to the hive or nest. The bees need to visit between 100 and 1500 flowers in order to fill their stomach. When full it holds almost 70 mg of nectar, which is almost as much as the bee weighs itself.

Once back at the hive, worker bees suck the nectar from the honeybees' stomachs, then "chew" the nectar for about half an hour. During this time, enzymes are passed into the nectar, breaking them down into simple sugars to make them more digestible for the bees. The nectar is then spread throughout the honeycombs where it evaporates into thick syrup, aided by the bees fanning it with their wings. Once the honey is thick enough, the bees seal off the cell of the honeycomb with wax and it is stored there ready to be eaten.

For more info snippets check out

For the great ecological and environmental benefits of bee keeping, check the Plan Bee Campaign by the co-op, yes the co-op

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