There are many events going on throughout the area – many can be pre-booked by larger groups so have a look at the page of events within Badenoch and Strathspey.
If you want some ideas further afield in the Highland area you’ll find some ideas here but do remember to check out the distance and time of journey on a Google map. Some places may be in the Highlands but they might be further than you want to travel!
Local Events & Highland Games
Of course we do have events in Nethy Bridge too!
You can click through to the full calendar of Highland Games.
Here are some ideas that take place each year and some include suggestions for making a full day out of it.
Husky Racing takes place at this time of year whether or not there is snow on the ground. The strath is full of cars with weird sleds on their cars and you know the Huskies are here!
Last weekend in April
Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival at the foot of Speyside we are ideally placed for you to do a circular tour of Whisky distilleries and events during this festival.
Strathspey in May This Festival is a celebration of the culture of the town and area – something for everyone to enjoy
Aviemore and the Cairngorms Walking and Mountain Festival The programme offers plenty for everyone – short leisurely strolls through forests and along river and loch banks to more strenuous hill walks to the remaining snowfields at over 4,000 feet high. These include Ben Macdui, Braeriach and also many of the local munros
Last Saturday in July
Grantown Farmers’ Market & Figgat Fair starts at 10am and you could grab an early burger lunch from one of the BBQs at the Fair/Market and then go on to Dufftown Highland Games giving you plenty of time to do both.
First Saturday in August
2nd Thursday in August
The Annual Strathspey Farmers Club, Grantown Show is held at Heathfield Park, Grantown-On-Spey.
As well as all the livestock competitions, in the afternoon there is the Grand Parade of Livestock Winners, pipe band and Highland dancing. A Pageant of Decorated Vehicles (see below), Children’s Races and Pets parade also add to the fun. The Cairngorms Farmers Market also attends selling fresh local produce.
There is also the usual varied trade stands, kiddies side shows, Punch and Judy performance and much much more – indeed something for everyone!
Second Saturday in August
Abernethy Highland Games bring friends and family from all over the world and so many residents are involved in their organisation that I am sure that no family is untouched by them and the Massed Pipe Bands can be heard for miles! Visitors are welcome to take part for a small entry fee. The children’s races in the morning and moving onto the heavy events in the afternoon. Piping and Highland Dancing takes place throughout the day.
A dance is often held in the Community Centre in the evening.
Second & Fourth Wednesday in August & one more!
We hold three family evenings in the Nethy Bridge Community Centre. The first one is on the Wednesday in July that falls two weeks before these! A live band with dancing, piping, refreshments and a bar all contribute to the fun of these evenings which have been running for nearly 20 years!
Third Saturday in August
Grantown Highland Games – 23rd August
Traditional Highland Games held at Heathfield Park, Grantown-on-Spey
Last Weekend in August
Thunder in the Glen is the annual Harley Davidson owners’ gathering. Get a good look at some of the best custom cruisers from across the world and even support local charities by going for a ride on a bike! Gatherings take place in Aviemore and Grantown and spectacular rides cruise along many of the roads – hence the name!
First Sunday in September
Motor Mania is now well established as a major date in the calendar of attractions across Strathspey. Established in 1995, this popular annual festival brings together vintage and veteran cars and vehicles of all types and from all over the UK beyond into Grantown’s beautiful Georgian Square. On display in the town square will be all kinds of amusements for adults and children alike from a full-scale replica Spitfire to a Farmers Market offering local produce. Music, stalls, food, gifts and dancing can all be found in a wonderful buzzing atmosphere. Admission for spectators is free
The Grantown try Tri also takes place on that day, ending in The Square, and this only adds to the special atmosphere.
The annual World Porridge Making Championship is followed with interest by connoisseurs of the traditional national dish across the globe. This celebration of Scottish culture includes a pipe band parade of judges and competitors, the official Toast to the Porridge, local craft and produce stalls, cookery demonstrations, a vegetable art competition, live music and street entertainment as well as the Carrbridge Challenge 5km & 3km Forest Run and minis fun run.
Reindeer Torchlight Procession in Grantown-on-Spey
Hogmanay – 31st December
Bring in the New Year in great style with one of the largest Hogmanay crowds in the Highlands. From 11pm until 1am enjoy music, dancing, the haggis and mulled wine, watch the Millennium Beacon and the midnight flares. Each year now they make an attempt at Strip the Willow World Record. As many dancers as possible are needed to join in the post midnight fun.