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Double Trouble: Cairngorms Cèilidh Trail and Aviemore Triathlon

Double Trouble: Cairngorms Cèilidh Trail and Aviemore Triathlon

Posted by Maria Mangion, August, 2018

August is afoot and Aviemore is at the peak of its summery hum of activities. A select few only take place at this special time of year, which is why we’re so excited that once again, the Cairngorms Cèilidh Trail and Aviemore Triathlon are highlighting two key areas of Scottish heritage: music and sports.

The Beloved Scottish Dance is Back

Cèilidhs are somewhat of a national sport (pun intended!). There’s nothing that even comes close to the sheer pulsating energy, merriment and liveliness transmitted by the traditional Celtic folk spectacle of a cèilidh band.

Dancing shoes are a must, even though you’ll find plenty of Highland veterans kicking up their hearty moves with the swing of a hiking boot. In short, this communal gathering of spirited celebration is a must for those who want to dig up their Scottish roots or explore the fundamental values of Scots in a feisty, entertaining setting.


The Cairngorms Cèilidh Trail has been a resounding success for 13 years straight and engages Scottish musicians aged 16 to 22 in a nationwide tour of ceilidh performances. Fèis Spè works with local businesses and promoters in the Cairngorms National Park to bring you the epitome of Highland and Gaelic culture while giving the talented youth the opportunity to share their passion with a wide, diverse range of audiences.

The Tweed Cèilidh Band are also contributing to this month’s wonderful ceilidh calendar. The trio have found receptive crowds across the UK and further afield, and are happy to add a string of bonus gigs to their solid weekly slot in Aviemore. What sets these guys apart is their fusion of genres with a modern twinge on the classic formula of violin-led melodies.  

So apart from partaking in the joyful nature of these events, you’ll be supporting a great cultural cause too. Jot these dates in your diary if you’re in the Cairngorms for a cèilidh:

Wednesday 1st August – Loch Morlich Watersports

Thursday 2nd August – The Old Bridge Inn

Wednesday 8th August – Bothy Bar, The Winking Owl

Thursday 9th August – Grantown-On-Spey Show Dance

Wednesday 15th August – Bothy Bar, The Winking Owl

Thursday 16th August – Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore

Wednesday 22nd August – Bothy Bar, The Winking Owl

Thursday 23rd August – Cairngorm Hotel Aviemore

Wednesday 29th August – Bothy Bar, The Winking Owl

Thursday 30th August – Cairngorm Hotel


A Three-Pronged Challenge in the Park

As if this bonanza weren’t enough, the Aviemore Triathlon is back with a bang this Sunday 12th August. For the uninitiated, that means an off-road trail run, swimming and mountain bike race in the forested pastures of the National Park.

If you’re used to competing in such sporting events in the city, the triathlon in the Cairngorms will be a completely different experience. Not only will you get to spread your athletic wings and get your dose of healthy exercise in an outdoors environment, you’ll also be helping disadvantaged people enjoy the beauty of the area in a safe, accessible manner.

The Aviemore Triathlon is supporting people with disabilities in getting an outdoor holiday set up, making their 2018 one to cherish. Every modicum of effort you put into this challenge will fuel the happiness of those less fortunate, who don’t have the luxury of experiencing the park in the physical way you will.


Channelling Aviemore’s Athletic Spirit

The action will start at Badaguish Centre in Glenmore Forest at 9am on Sunday morning. Prepare your running gear, wetsuit and mountain bike and helmet. There are two courses for advanced and intermediate athletes, respectively:

Long Hard Durty:

1,500m open water swim

18km technical mountain bike race

9km trail run

Solo Entry: £48 (TS TE WT member) / £54 (non-member)

Relay Entry: £68 (TS TE WT member in the team) / £74 (non-member)

Short Fast Durty:

750m open water swim

12km mountain bike race

5km trail run

Solo Entry: £40 (TS TE WT member) / £46 (non-member)

Relay Entry: £60*(TS TE WT member in the team) / £66 (non-member)

Entry prices exclude booking fees. More details about the races can be found in the official briefing for athletes.


We’ve no doubt this year’s edition will be stronger than ever. And of course, there are countless ways to spend your spare time while you’re up north, whether you’re beating your personal best in the mud or enjoying a swig of craft beer and the swinging of hips at the piping good atmosphere of the cèilidh pub.

A hotel break will wrap up your August nicely, and with its summer sale of up to 25% off accommodation and extras, Hilton Coylumbridge is a top choice.

We’re minutes from both the cèilidhs and the triathlon, and offer relaxing pool, sauna and gym facilities for your pre- and post-workout comfort, plus an array of delicious in-house dining that won’t have you scrambling for the right place to eat every night. We’re looking forward to taking care of you!