The Cairngorms National Park has a well-earned reputation for hosting a range of cultural, outdoor and family events. The area has long been attractive to organisers of outdoor events such as walking festivals, sporting events and Highland Games, which make the very best of the unique environment and culture of the area. There are also a number of small live music and cultural events occurring throughout the event year. Events range from small local events up to large, high profile events such as Braemar Highland Games, which attracts large numbers and is well known for its Royal connections.
The aim of the Cairngorms Business Partnership is to develop the Cairngorms National Park as an area with an all year round, world-class calendar of events and festivals. We recognise that this must be balanced against the unique environment and cultural heritage of the area, and encourage event organisers operating within Park to consider this within their event plans.
If you have an idea for a future event or would like to move an existing event to the Cairngorms National Park, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. The Cairngorms Business Partnership is able to provide assistance with event date selection which reduces event clashes, land access issues, facility and supplier resourcing, and event promotion and marketing.
We have put together the following information for event organisers wishing to hold an event in the Cairngorms National Park:
The Cairngorms National Park Authority have developed a guidance document to assist event organisers and land managers in the planning and management of organised events in the Cairngorms National Park, please click here for details.
For outdoor events held in the Cairngorms National Park you may need the advice of Scottish National Heritage if you plan to hold the event on a special site. With the kind assistance of SNH we have developed a flowchart to determine whether their involvement will be required, this document is a good first step for event organisers hoping to hold outdoor access events in the Park, please contact the office if you would like a copy.
Cairngorms National Park Events Calendar
The What's On in the Cairngorms National Park events calendar allows event organisers to input their own event data and control the information being viewed by the visitors to the website. This database-driven calendar allows us to draw information from a central location which populates the online calendar, the Visit Cairngorms smartphone app and our monthly 'What's On' events publication. Please click here to register your event.
Making the most of the Brand
The Cairngorms National Park brand symbolises the characteristics of the Park, it is protected by copyright and prior approval is required the first time a company or organisation wishes to use it. For more information on the use of the park brand for your event please click here
If you would like to speak to someone reagrding the use of the brand to help promote your event please contact Heather Trench at the CNPA T: 01479 873535 or E: [email protected]
There are a wide range of promotional opportunities available to event organisers holding events in the Cairngorms National Park. We have developed an event promotion document giving recommendations on how best to publicize your event, how to make the most of the local promtional opportunities and explaining how the Cairngorms Business Partnership can support your event. Please contact the office for a copy.
There are a number of funding opportunities avaialble to events held in the Cairngorms National Park. We have developed a funding advice note giving details of these funding opportunities and how best to access them, please contact the office for further details
There are a wide range of suppliers within the Cairngorms National Park who are able to provide services ranging from catering to print design. Please contact the office for a list of local suppliers.
The Cairngorms National Park is home to a wide range of community venues which can be hired by event organisers. Please contact the office for a list of local venues.
The CBP may be able to assist with sourcing volunteers for your event, please contact the office for further details.
EventScotland, the national events agency, was established in 2003 with the aim of strengthening and promoting Scotland’ events industry, they do this by attracting, generating and sustaining a portfolio of world class events in Scotland. EventScotland have a comprehensive website providing information on event planning, running sustainable events and access to funding from the National Events Programme.
The Scottish Outdoor Access Code website gives details of your access rights within Scotland and the Cairngorms National Park.
The Scottish National Heritage website give details of special sites within the Cairngorms National Park and is a useful resource for event organisers hoping to run outdoor access events in the Park.
The Cairngorms National Park Authority website gives information on everything you may want to know about the National Park, and the work of the Park Authority and its partners.
Waste Aware Scotland provides helpful advice on how and why to reduce, reuse and recycle your event waste
Event Contacts within the National Park including Emergency Services and Local Authorities.