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Annual Events in the Cairngorms National Park

The Cairngorms National Park is packed full of events all year round. Below we highlight some of the main calender events which happen on an annual basis. 

For current events, pick up a copy of the free monthly What's On guide, widely available in outlets across the National Park.


Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain Rally, Glenmore


Groove Cairngorm, Aviemore


Scottish Park & Pipe Slopestyle Open, Cairngorm Mountain (weather dependent)

Braemar Mountian Festival, Various Venues


Easter (check online calendar for list of village fairs & easter events)

Run Balmoral, Ballater


Laggan 10k Highland Road Race and 1 Mile Fun Run

The Atholl Gathering, Blair Atholl

3 Piste Cycle Sportive, Glenshee, Cairngorm Mountain (TBC)

Cairngorms Nature BIG Weekend, various venues

King of the Mountain Sportive, Aboyne

Spring Gathering, Nethy Bridge

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, various venues


European Golf Challenge Tour, Spey Valley Golf Course

Angus Glens Walking Festival

Moray Walking and Outdoor Festival 

Kingussie Bikeathon

Race The Train, Aviemore - Boat of Garten 


Tomintoul Highland Games

Braemar Junior Highland Games

Cairngorms Ceilidh Trail, various venues

Corrieyairack Challenge Finish, Badaguish Outdoor Centre

Tomintoul Motor Cycle Gathering


Newtonmore Highland Games

Ballater Highland Games

Ballater Victoria Week

The Grantown Show

Abernethy Highland Games

Lonach Gathering, Strathdon

Grantown on Spey Highland Games

Thunder in the Glens - Harley Davidson Motorbike Rally, Aviemore and Grantown on Spey, various venues

Blair Horse Trials and Bruadar Country FairBlair Atholl


Carve Carrbridge - Scottish Chainsaw Carving Championships

Motor Mania, Grantown on Spey

Braemar Gathering

Cairngorm Adventure Triathlon, Loch Morlich

Etape Royale, Ballater (TBC)

Blairgowrie and East Perthshire Walking Festival


Golden Spurtle - World Porridge Making Championships

Aviemore Half Marathon

Braemar Creative Arts Festival


Kincraig Fireworks & Bonfire Night

Boat of Garten Bonfire Night 

Ballater Fireworks

Mar Lodge Bonfire Night

Macdonald Aviemore Resort Bonfire & Fireworks

Fireworks Display, Cairngorm Hotel - Aviemore

Exclusively Highlands - Craft Fair, Blair Castle

Ballater Winter Festival

Cairngorm Ski Club Snowsports Sale, Aviemore

North Hop, Aviemore


Christmas Parades & Carols on Christmas Eve, Various Venues

Santa and Reindeer visit on Christmas Eve, Ballater

Torchlight Parade, Grantown on Spey

Santa Train, Strathspey Railway - Aviemore

Christmas Panto, Braemar

Macdonalds Christmas Panto, Aviemore

Aviemore Santa Run for Disability Snowsports

Hogmanay Celebration throughout the Cairngorms

If you are planning an event in the Cairngorms National Park and would like more details on annual events please get in touch.