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Glenlivet to play host to Cairngorms Festival

Cairngorms Festival

The landscape and wildlife of Glenlivet will be celebrated next weekend when the Cairngorms Big Nature Weekend kicks off.

The event, now in its fifth year, covers the Cairngorms National Park, which includes much of Crown Estate Scotland’s Glenlivet Estate. At Glenlivet, the focus will be on both fun events that will appeal to families and events that demonstrate how the Estate places sustainable management at the heart of its activities.

Glenlivet is one of four hubs across the Park and will host four events over the two days, including:

Discovering Nature, Saturday 13 May, 10am – 12pm

Visitors will be shown how to track all sorts of wildlife, including how to use equipment such as and wildlife cameras, to help find wildlife.

Hands on our Nature, Saturday 13 May, 1:30pm – 3:30pm

The chance to get hands on and back to basics in the woods, including tips on practical conservation work and how to build a bird box.

The Nature of Farming – Sunday 14 May, 10am – 12:30pm

Farmer Jim Simmons will lead a tour of his property and show the improvements he has made for wildlife and the environment, while managing a successful agricultural business. There will also be the chance to learn about the birds and the flowers on Jim’s farm.

More than a Moor – Sunday 14 May, 1:30pm – 4pm

The Cairngorms Peatland Officer will conduct a tour of an area of moor which has recently undergone a Peatland Restoration project. One of the gamekeepers on the estate will also speak about moorland management.

Vicky Hilton, Crown Estate Scotland’s Countryside Manager for the Glenlivet Estate, said: “The Cairngorms Nature Big Weekend is a great time to celebrate our fantastic surroundings, as well as getting hands on with the nature which makes up the Glenlivet Estate. Our programme of events this year has something for everyone and will keep families busy for the whole weekend.”

All events must be booked at, where more information about the wider festival can also be found.