GetOutside for a Nature Big Weekend in the Cairngorms

12 – 14 May 2017

The Cairngorms Nature BIG Weekend 12-14 May is a celebration of the fantastic wildlife of the Cairngorms National Park. With over 50 activities taking place across the Cairngorms National Park there will be something for everyone, from families to the more seasoned nature lover.

There is a range of activities across the national park. The events fall into three main categories:

Family Fun: Open your children’s minds to the wonder of the Cairngroms! We have it all from wee beasties to magnificent hunters and Neolithic fire to woolly woods. These events particularly designed with families in mind.

Nature Lovers: We are giving you the chance to immerse yourself in a unique nature experience in the company of a Cairngorms expert. There will be opportunities to get close to some amazing species and go ‘behind the scenes’ with the people who live and work in the Cairngorms National Park. More suitable for adults and older children/teens.

Get involved: Give something back to the Cairngorms as you Get Involved with one of our volunteering events. It’s immensely satisfying to offer your time to vital conservation work, you’ll have fun, meet new people and know you have made a real difference. These are volunteering events and may have restrictions on ability depending on the project being worked on.

Blair Atholl

TV nature presenter Nick Baker will be the special guest at Blair Atholl!

Nick is an exciting TV nature presenter with incredible drive and passion. He will be hosting a ‘minibeast safari’ on Saturday afternoon at Blair Atholl Ranger Base and you can join him and the Rangers on a fantastic afternoon of family nature activities. Nature’s Larder will be on hand to offer tasty samples of Scottish food and they will also be running their popular foraging walks.

You will also be able to join Nick on Saturday evening as he talks about his amazing life searching the globe for the most amazing and bizarre creature. .


There will be something for all the family in Tomintoul, children will delight in the nature based activities taking place at the Glenlivet Estate Office with the chance to make a bird box and get a hands on taster of what it’s like to take part in a conservation volunteering project. You can go on a walk to look for signs of the elusive Scottish Wildcat with Wildcat project Manager Emma Rawling or join in a bushcraft session.

Why not take a ‘behind the scenes’ look at how a working farm or a highland estate balances conservation with their day to day activities.

Upper Deeside

With dozens of events planned it will be a Park-Wide celebration of nature with something for all the family. There will be a fantastic day of family activities happening at Glen Tanar including Neolithic firemaking, bird ringing, bird box making and much more. You can don your wellies and join mudpies, learn about bushcraft or spend a morning behind the scenes at Balmoral learning about their deer management.

Renowned nature photographer and passionate conservationist Peter Cairns will close the Cairngorms Nature Big Weekend with a Big evening event, SCOTLAND: The Big Picture.

Most events are free and they fill up fast so we'd recommend booking your place early to avoid disappointment. You can book your place, get more information and find a list of all the events happening throughout the weekend at