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.

Thursday, 30 September 2010

FW: Noel Baxter Car Boot Sale Fundraiser





Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Autumn Newsletter 2010


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In this issue

·         Another good season

·         Some money matters

·         Green Cairngorms

·         Industry bites back against TripAdvisor

Other news

What's on in the Park

Don't forget every month we list What's On in the Cairngorms National Park, from Newtonmore to Tomintoul, over to Ballater & Angus Glens, we also include Blair Atholl (soon to be in the park). The only "What's On" that covers the whole of the Cairngorms National Park. Read more...

Welcome new members

We are glad to welcome - Apple Grove Cottage, Aldon Lodge, Broomieknowe Cottage, Avielochan Cottages, Lodges at Badaguish, Holmhill House., Aviemore Luxury Accommodation, Oldstables B&B, Angus Glens Cottages, Dalhenzean, Dalnoid, Aviemore Ski Hire, Cluny Mains, Fern Villa, Little Orchard Cottage, Garden Cottage,  Highlands Holiday Lodge, Feshiebridge, Cairngorms National Park Holiday House, Aviemore Holidays


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September 2010

Another good season

The summer season was slow to kick off, but many of our advertisers report equal or better occupancies rates than last year.  Client feedback reported that many bookings in late summer were last minute and often holiday makers were hunting down deals and discounts. So far in 2010, there were 2250+ enquiries made through , which is great.  With another cold winter forecasted let's hope we get another bumper Autumn/Winter season and keep the enquiries rolling in. Many of our users found that advertising on our last minute deals widget helped fill those annoying empty weeks. So don't forget to email us with your monthly saver deals or offers.

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Some money matters

To advertise on for the last few years has been free. To raise funds to continually improve the site, we are going to charge a small administrative fee for enhanced listings in 2011 onwards. You will always have a basic listing for free, for life, but for a small annual fee your accommodation will be promoted to a premium listing. Premium listings will ensure your accommodation details are shown above non fee paying adverts. We are currently a "not for profit" project.  All revenue will be used to develop and improve the site. Charges will start at around thirty pounds per year. We hope you will agree this is value for money. We will contact you in the near future with further information regarding our premium listing packages and payment.

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Green Cairngorms

Main Content Inline SmallThe proposed Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). If you replace your existing fossil fuel heating system (e.g. gas, oil or coal) with a renewable technology (e.g. air-source heat pump) you could get paid a set amount each year as an incentive for you to reduce your CO2 emissions and help prevent climate change.


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Industry bites back against TripAdvisor

Main Content Inline SmallAn internet regulatory group called the Cloud Industry Forum is claiming that around 400 UK and US hotels and restaurants have reported being unhappy with TripAdvisor and are considering a group defamation action.


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Friday, 24 September 2010

Will it increase fly-tipping in the Cairngorms-Park?

Yesterday Highland Council followed in the footsteps of many other local authorities by voting to end weekly bin collections. Badenoch and Strathspey will be the first to go fortnightly in July next year. Do we want this in the Cairngorms-Park? will it increase fly-tipping in the Cairngorms-Park? Your comments please.....

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Scotland's National Parks: Whose Parks are they anyway?

The Cairngorms National Park Authority and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority are hosting at joint public event, 'Scotland's National Parks: Whose Parks are they anyway?' at Perth Concert Hall on Tuesday 28 September 2010.

In the week before the boundary of the Cairngorms National Park is extended to incorporate Northern Perthshire, the conference provides a fantastic opportunity to explore what being part of a National Park means.

Scotland's two National Parks are home to some of the most special and protected landscapes, habitats and species in Scotland and offer something for everyone regardless of background, interests and ability.

The event will be hosted by David Green, Convener of the Cairngorms National Park Authority, and Grant Moir, Director of Conservation & Visitor Experience at Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

David Green said: "Our National Parks deliver a huge amount for Scotland and its people. The beautiful and diverse landscape of the Parks is there to be explored and enjoyed and our businesses and communities support not just the local but the national economy.

"This event will bring together people from all walks of life to celebrate what they have to offer as well as look at some of the challenges facing our National Parks."

On the night, there will be a series of short presentations followed by discussion and the opportunity to ask questions. The panel will consist of:

Andrew Bruce Wootton, General Manager of Atholl Estates, on what National Parks add to tourism, business and the economy.

Linda McMillan, Deputy Vice-Chairman of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and President of Mountain Protection Commission, on Citizen Scientists - a project which engages all stakeholders in the stewardship and management of National Parks to use their skills to protect the places they cherish.

Bill Wright, Vice President of the Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland, on why Scotland needs its National Parks and how the two Parks are protecting the country's most special landscapes.

Paul Corrigan MBE, Chair of the Cairngorms Local Outdoor Access Forum and senior fundraiser for Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland, on the benefits and enjoyment of National Parks and how they are helping to deliver a healthier and active Scotland.

Pete Wishart, MP for Perth and North Perthshire, on the role of National Parks in Scotland and how they are helping to deliver the Scottish Government's strategic objectives.

Pete Wishart MP said: "Scotland's National Parks are an important part of protecting and preserving important aspects of our natural environment as well as promoting enjoyment of the countryside.

"These parks are for the people and for the future and I am delighted that an area I represent will be a gateway to the Cairngorms National Park.

"Highland Perthshire should never have been left out from the Park boundaries and this enlargement of the Park underscores the present Scottish Government's commitment to this area and to the role and purpose of National Parks."

Paul Corrigan MBE said: " I am delighted to be taking part in this prestigious event on behalf of the CNPA.

"Having lived, worked and played in both of Scotland's National Park areas for the past 30 years, I hope to relate how these special places provide numerous physical, emotional and health benefits and opportunities for people of all ages and interests including recreation, quiet enjoyment, exploration, challenge and discovery and of course great fun.

"It is vitally important that we do not take our National Park landscapes and our world class access freedoms for granted and we should continually benchmark, review and hold wide-ranging discussions with varied groups to undertake every action possible to ensure that we are doing the right things to look after the Parks for future generations whilst deriving the benefits for the current generation."

The event is part of the Global Change and the World's Mountains Conference - an international conference which brings together leading scientists and others working in and concerned with mountain areas around the world.

The event is open to the public and will take place between 7.30pm - 9pm on Tuesday 28 September 2010 at Perth Concert Hall,

Fruity forecast of bumper ski season

SNOWSPORTS enthusiasts will enjoy another bumper season in the Cairngorms this winter, according to a local forecaster with a novel way of predicting the weather.

Forget meteorological forecasts about jet streams and new fronts moving in – Colin Matthew, 50, bases his predictions on the size of the snowberries in his garden.

After a record-breaking ski season in the Highlands last year when 145,000 people visited the Cairn Gorm resort, Mr Matthew, of Inverdruie, near Aviemore, reckons the berries could point to another winter of heavy snow.

He said: “In 2009 the snowberries in my garden appeared early in August and were particularly large.

“They budded and flowered again two or three times during the season, on each occasion coinciding with the massive falls of snow we experienced last season.”

Mr Matthew, CairnGorm Mountain Ltd’s head of ski patrol, added: “The berries are as big as ever this year, so if my theory is right we are in for another winter with a lot of snow.”

Almost 375,000 people used Scotland’s ski resorts last winter, generating £37.5million for the country’s economy – the most successful season since 1995-96.

That appears to have whetted appetites for the coming winter, with CairnGorm Mountain already receiving more than 750 applications for ski season passes

in reference to: Fruity forecast of bumper ski season - Press & Journal (view on Google Sidewiki)

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Fort William 3-2 Kingussie

Fort William claimed the 103rd Camanacdh Cup final against Kingussie at a rainy Bught Park in Inverness. Fort's Gary Innes opened the scoring after 15 minutes with a powerful close-range drive then Brian Simpson made it two in the 40th minute.

Ronald Ross pulled one back as half time approached then Thomas Borthwick struck a 76th-minute equaliser.

As the final whistle approached, Innes fired in an angled shot from the right of the D to claim a hard-fought win.

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"Fort's Gary Innes opened the scoring after 15 minutes with a powerful close-range drive then Brian Simpson made it two in the 40th minute. Ronald Ross pulled one back as half time approached then Thomas Borthwick struck a 76th-minute equaliser. As the final whistle approached, Innes fired in an angled shot from the right of the D to claim a hard-fought win."
- BBC Sport - Fort William 3-2 Kingussie (view on Google Sidewiki)

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Christmas and New Year in Aviemore and the Cairngorms-Park.

Christmas and New Year Breaks 2010. Spend the Scottish festive season in Aviemore and the Cairngorms, which includes a fantastic highland street parties on New Year’s Eve in Newtonmore, Aviemore and Grantown-on-Spey. Scottish Hogmanay, Xmas and New Year holidays. lists Hotels, Self-catering and Bed and Breakfast in and around the Cairngorms National Park from Aviemore, Ballater, and Braemar to Glenlivet and Tomintoul etc., to country house Hogmanay New Year breaks in Aviemore or on a shooting estate in Braemar. Check for all the best deals and festive break savings.

Homanay in Highland Style - Cairngorms National Park

Friday, 17 September 2010

Industry bites back against TripAdvisor

An internet regulatory group called the Cloud Industry Forum is claiming that around 400 UK and US hotels and restaurants have reported being unhappy with TripAdvisor and are considering a group defamation action.

The group says “false” and “unfair” reviews written by anonymous writers without proof is not acceptable and damages innocent suppliers.

Chairman Andy Burton said: “TripAdvisor is undeniably one of the most successful online travel websites and has illustrated how the internet can be used effectively as a strategic business model.

“On the other hand, this is one of the first public battles against a company based online and automatically sends a warning signal to those who may be open to defamatory claims, and particularly where the accusation is that some of the information published on the site by anonymous third parties is untrue and misleading.”
CIF was set up to ensure websites show accountability, take control over content from third parties, abide by industry regulations and show good practice.


Are you looking for something a little bit different for your staff Christmas Party? Or do you and a group of friends or colleagues just want an unforgettable fun night out before the years end?

Loch Kinord House Hotel is delighted to anounce Festive Murder Mystery Dinners at Loch Kinord Hotel in the Cairngorms National Park. The format for the evening is very simple starting with a drinks reception when the actors assume their roles.

The 4-course Murder Mystery Dinner follows during which the actors develop the cunning plot and "accidents" do and will happen. The murder(s) are enough to test even the greatest detectives but are you up to it? Plots and themes do change regularly with new ones being shown all the time!

Nights available throughout December for parties up to 70.

Join your party with others to try and solve the murder over a 4 course dinner, followed by music & dancing (or karaoke) to the small hours. Or why not book the whole function room for a private party.  Special accommodation rates available for party goers. Exclusive use of the whole hotel incl. 29 bedrooms sleeping up to 60. Christmas Party Menus available from £17.95pp Call Loch Kinord for more details on 013398 85229 or enquire about your accommodation at Loch here.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Food and Drink Plan for Cairngorms National Park

The food and drink sector in the Cairngorms National Park has received a boost with the launch today (Monday) of the 'Food for Life' Plan for the Park and the Cairngorms Producers Directory by the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment.

 The aim of the Food for Life initiative is to build a sustainable food economy across the Cairngorms. The plan will do this in practice through encouraging an increase in food production and processing across the Park and increased consumption of Cairngorms produced food and drink. It will reduce food miles, boost the tourism and retail sectors and encourage people to consider a healthier diet.
he plan and the corresponding initiatives arising are called 'Food for Life' since the plan has adopted the framework for sustainable food which has been developed by Soil Association Scotland's Food for Life programme.

It was written in partnership with Soil Association Scotland and is also the first regional food strategy for Scotland which recognises the importance of food and drink as a medium for economic and social development.

Richard Lochhead MSP was at the Cairngorm Brewery in Aviemore this morning to launch the Food for Life plan and unveil the producers' directory - the very first outcome of the newly launched Plan.
Speaking at the launch, Mr Lochhead said: "In its first-ever worldwide study, the International Culinary Tourism Association recently declared Scotland as one of the most "unique, memorable and interesting places" for food and drink on the planet. The Cairngorm National Park is harnessing that vision.
"The Food for Life Plan and the Cairngorm Producers Directory will enhance the National Park's ability to build its own sustainable food economy, promote a healthier diet and provide tourists with a real taste of the region.

"Scotland's food and drink sector is both a huge success and vital to our economic recovery. In 2008, the supply chain employed over 369,000 people across Scotland and in 2007, generated value added of almost £9 billion for Scotland's economy.

"We are currently celebrating Scotland's Year of Food and Drink, and Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight - a fitting occasion to launch the Food for Life' Plan for the Park and the Cairngorms Producers Directory."
Delivery of the Food for Life project is being co-ordinated by the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA). Crucially, this is underpinned by considerable input from a wide range of partners including Soil Association Scotland. The CNPA board approved - less than two weeks ago - £55,000 towards the implementation of the initiative.

Friday, 3 September 2010

Whats on September 2010 in Aviemore, Glenlivet, Royal Deeside and Highland Perthshire

Aviemore Area

Saturday 4th
Cairngorms Adventure Triathlon Taster Day - Loch Morlich, Glenmore, 10am. Entry £10pp. E:
Carve Carrbridge Scottish Open Chainsaw Carving Championships - Carrbridge Village Sports Field. Family day out with music, activities, games, stalls, food & drink.10.30am £4/£2.
Fundraising Coffee Morning - Newtonmore Village Hall. Home baking & produce, bric-a-brac, book stall, raffle & refreshments. 10.30am-12noon. Entry £2.50.
Kinrara Art Exhibition & Craft Fair - Kinrara, Woodside Avenue, Grantown on Spey. See the work by members of Creative Cairngorms , artists & craftworkers who live & work in & around the Cairngorms National Park. £2.50 including refreshments. 11.30am-4.30pm.
Live Music with Andy Duncan - Silverfjord Hotel, Kingussie, 10pm.
Sunday 5th
Try Tri Event - Craig Maclean Centre, Grantown on Spey. Triathlon for teams & individuals. 300m swim, 16km cycle, 4.8km run. Entries now closed but spectators welcome. 9.30am T: 01479 872061
Cairngorms Farmers Market - The Square, Grantown on Spey, 10am-4pm.
Motor Mania 2010 - The Square, Grantown on Spey, Noon arrival of vintage & classic vehicles. From 1.30pm Highland dancing, pipes, drums, stalls, displays, Creative Cairngorms, Cairngorms Farmers Market & more. Complimentary vintage bus connects with 11.15am & 1.15pm steam train arrivals at Broomhill Station.
Thursday 9th
Poker Night - The Glen Hotel, Newtonmore 9.30pm.
Friday 10th
Edinburgh String Quartet - Boat of Garten Community Hall presented by The Osprey Music Society. 7.30pm £15/£13/£5/£2 For tickets T: 01479 831213.
Saturday 11th
Peak to Peak Cycle Challenge - 70 mile route from Ben Nevis to CairnGorm Mountain in aid of Disability Snowsport UK. £15 entry plus £100 sponsorship. T: 0161 7492290.
Live Music Far & Away - Ireland & Cape Breton - Badenoch Centre, Kingussie. Part of the Highland wide Blas Festival including artists Gerry O'Connor , Noeleen NĂ­ Cholla & more. 7.30pm £28/£12/£10/£5, T: 01540 661594.
Live Music with Willie Campbell - Silverfjord Hotel, Kingussie, 10pm
Sunday 12th
Highland Nordic Roller Ski Race - Glenmore to Coire Cas Car Park, CairnGorm Mountain. 9am-12noon. Free to spectators.
Water for Kids Corporate Challenge Day - Craggan Outdoors Centre from 10am. To enter a team T: 01479 873283.
Tuesday 14th
Cairngorm Bridge Club, Simultaneous Green Pointed Event - Macdonald Aviemore Resort. Any visiting pair welcome, £2/£3 6.45pm for 7pm. T: 01479 821075.
Charity Golf Day - Spey Valley Golf Course, in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity. £400 per team of 4 including refreshments, 18 holes and 3 course dinner. T: 07825 180961.
Friday 17th
Golf Texas Scramble Fundraiser - Grantown Museum, Grantown on Spey. For details T: 01479 87247.
Saturday 18th
Cairngorms Adventure Triathlon - Canoe, bike & run your way around the Cairngorms National Park.
Live Music - Silverfjord Hotel, Kingussie, 10pm.
Sunday 19th
Cairngorms Farmers Market - Opposite Myrtlefield Shops, Aviemore, 10am-4pm.
Wednesday 22nd
Badenoch Gardening Club - Newtonmore Lesser Hall, Newtonmore. Speaker: Duncan Macdonald, Countryside Ranger, 'Foraging for Fungi'. Review of Annual Show & produce supper, refreshments & raffle. 7.30pm, members free, non-members £2.50.
Foraging for Fungi Talk - Newtonmore Lesser Hall. Newtonmore. Find out how to safely collect fungi with Duncan MacDonald. 7.30pm, £2.50.
Thursday 23rd
Poker Night - The Glen Hotel, Newtonmore 9.30pm.
Friday 24th
Bats! Bats! Bats! Guided Walk - Grantown on Spey. 7pm-9pm, £3/£2 T: 01479 873914
Saturday 25th
Silent Auction & Car Boot Sale - Boat of Garten Community Hall. Stalls, home baking, refreshments & raffle for Marks & Spencer vouchers. 12noon, FREE entry.
Aviemore Ceilidh Dance - Aviemore Village Hall. Ceilidh Dance to Lindsay Weir Trio , 8pm midnight, £4.
Sunday 26th
Craiglynne Fete for Help for Heroes - Craiglynne Hotel, Grantown on Spey. Family entertainment with bouncy castle, police dog & strong man demos including Scotland s Strongest Man, stalls, refreshments, pipe band & more. 11am-5pm. FREE.

Royal Deeside

4th September 2010: Braemar Gathering, Braemar

Glenlivet and Tomintoul

The Strathavon Off Road Land Rover Safari T: 01807 590241 - Every Monday and Wednesday from 5th July 15th September 2010 @ 2.30pm

The Red Deer Rut Off Road Land Rover Safari T: 01807 590241 - Every Monday and Wednesday from 20th September 20th October 2010 @ 2.30pm

First Friday in every month 2010 - Glenlivet Hall - Music Night

8th - 14th September - Tomintoul and Glenlivet Walking Festival details

Highland Perthshire

The Blair Atholl Golf Challenge for the Atholl Quaich is due to take place during, September 2010. The event which is open to teams of four male and female golfers will tee off with a shotgun start at 9.30am. Scoring will be based on the best two net stableford scores recorded by each team over 18 holes. To obtain an entry form or to find out more about the arrangements for the event, contact Peter Barr on or phone/text 07969 155 005.

09 Sep 2010 - BBC Ones ever popular Sunday evening programme Antiques Roadshow will be filming its 33rd series at Blair Castle. The event will take place in the south-facing private gardens to the rear of the castle (not normally open to the public).

Ranger Walks and Talks - Cairngorms National Park

September 5th 10am-4pm Open To View. Mar Lodge Estate, nr. Braemar An opportunity to view the state rooms of the Mar Lodge, and the magnificent Stag Ballroom with almost 2500 stag heads. U-16 with an adult. Admission
charge to non NTS members £3. U-16 Free. National Trust for Scotland.
September 5th 2-3.30pm Fabulous Fungi. Glen Tilt Car Park, by Blair Atholl. Fungi for beginners. 1 mile north of Blair Atholl on road to Old Blair. Charge: £2.00. Atholl Estates Ranger Service. T: 01796 481355.
September 8th 1.30-4pm The Laird of Glenfeshie Walk. Meet at Feshiebridge Car Park, nr Kincraig Hear about some of the wildlife, history and folk tales from this area on a walk along the majestic Glen Feshie. No need to book. Phone 01479 861220 for info. Free. Forestry Commission Scotland.
September 9th 2-4pm Dragons, Damsels & the Ice Age. Uath Lochans Car Park, Inshriach Forest, nr Kincraig Walk to the amazing view over Uath Lochans, then squelch round the lochans to look for their biodiversity (bugs!). Free, no need to book. Call 01479 861220. Forestry Commission Scotland. Bring wellies.
September 12th 2-4pm Paws For Thought. Glen Doll Ranger Base, Kirriemuir. Grid Ref: NO282759 Bring your dog, join the Ranger 7 take the time to become aware of your responsibilities as a dog owner in the Cairngorms National Park. Booking essential 01575 550233.
September 15th 10.30am-1pm Big Trees, Little Trees. Meet at Glenmore Visitor Centre Car Park Can t see the wood for the trees? Join the ranger for a closer look at the pinewoods in Glenmore. Free event, No need to book. Phone 01479 861220 for info. Forestry Commission Scotland.
September 19th 10.30am-1.30pm The Magic of Ryvoan. Meet at Glenmore VC Car Park Walk in Ryvoan s magical mix of pinewoods, mountain and loch. Bag some views and exercise and see what the fairies have done. Free event, no need to book. 01479 861220 for info. Forestry Commission Scotland.
September 19th 2-3.30pm Fabulous Fungi. Logierait Woods Car Park, 1/2 mile north of Logierait on Dunfallandy road. Fungi for beginners. Charge: £2.00. Atholl Estates Ranger Service.
September 22nd 1.30-4pm The Laird of Glenfeshie Walk. Meet at Feshiebridge Car Park, nr Kincraig Hear about some of the wildlife, history & folk tales from this area on a walk along the majestic Glen Feshie. No need to book. Phone 01478 861220 for info. Free. Forestry Commission Scotland.
September 24th 7-9pm Bats! Bats! Bats! Grantown on Spey. Find out about these wonderful creatures of the night sky. Booking essential 01479 873 914. Adults £3, concessions & children £2. Highland Council Countryside Rangers.
September 25th 10-5pm A Cycle Through Time Join the rangers during Scottish Archaeology Month on a guided bike ride through Glen Muick. Distance 30Kms, Ascent 450m. Free event. Balmoral Ranger Service Booking Essential - 013397 55059.
September 29th 10.30am-1pm Big Trees, Little Trees. Meet at Glenmore Visitor Centre Car Park. Can t see the wood for the trees? Join the ranger for a closer look at the pinewoods in Glenmore. Free event, No need to book. Phone 01479 861220 for info. Forestry Commission Scotland.

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