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OUTDOOR EVENTS AROUND SHENVAL BED & BREAKFAST
NEAR LOCH NESS AND GLEN AFFRIC

This page features all the major Highland wildlife, Scotland food and drink and outdoor sports events -except Highland Games listed HERE- held over the year around your holiday accommodation base at Shenval organic B&B in the Loch Ness, Glen Affric and Inverness area in the Highlands of Scotland. Tastebuds experiences, Guided walks, Duathlon, Marathon and Half-Marathon, Glen Affric Duathlon:  there is something for most endeavours and for relaxed spectating and enjoyment.  Open air concerts and festivals are listed HERE. More wildlife watching and conservation events are also listed in our News page.

JULY and AUGUST
Whodunit at Craigmonie – all day – Milton Trail, Craigmonie Woodland, Drumnadrochit, close to your accommodation base at Shenval B&B  Can you help with this murder mystery? Follow the clues on the trail to find who took the pigeon. Consider the evidence left at the scene of the crime, interview the suspects and using your nature detective skills find out who the culprit is. Print off your evidence sheet from www.forestry.gov.uk/Craigmonie or collect from the Visitor Information Centre in Drumnadrochit. Send your answers to Sandra Reid, Balnain Forest Office, Glenurquhart, By Drumnadrochit, IV63 6TJ or email your answers to Sandra.reid@forestry.gov.uk  to get a Nature Detective Certificate.

JULY
Sat 1st-Sun 2nd, Natural Dyeing Short Courses with Shenval B&B neighbours Wild Rose Escapes in Cannich, the gateway to Glen Affric. The woods are the perfect place for hand dyeing, as it is essential to have an outdoor fire to make our dye baths. Learn about local fleece, forage for plant dyes and use a mixture of household natural dyes and foraged plant dyes to produce a rainbow of colours.

Friday 7th, 11am – 1pm – Dog Falls Car Park, Glen Affric, near Shenval B&B. Do you know your damsels from your dragonflies? Walk to Coire Loch to look for and find out about the lives of these amazing insects.  Weather permitting. Bring waterproofs, wellies, midge hood and repellent.

Saturday 8- Saturday 15, dye to hand spin course with Wild Rose Escapes, Cannich, minutes away from Shenval B&B, near Glen Affric: wash your fleece, forage for dye plants, make your own dyes, dye your beautiful fleeces and finally spin it!

Wednesday 19th, 11am – 1.30pm – Dog Falls Car Park, Glen Affric, by Shenval B&B. On the trail of the lonesome Pine Marten. Come for a wander around the trails in Glen Affric to hear how pine marten and his neighbours in the pinewoods live. Look for signs that he’s about and see why Glen Affric is such a great home. PS It is unlikely that you’ll see a pine marten! Bring waterproofs, strong footwear and midge repellent.

AUGUST
Squirrel quiz. All day – Coire Loch trail, Glen Affric, a short distance from Shenval B&B. Are you nuts about squirrels? Test your knowledge on our native red squirrels, on a walk around the Caledonian pinewoods in Glen Affric. Collect an answer sheet from the shop in Cannich and return or send your answers to Sandra Reid, Balnain Forest Office, Glenurquhart, By Drumnadrochit, IV63 6TJ or email to Sandra.reid@forestry.gov.uk  to get a Squirrel Expert Certificate.

Saturday 5-Sunday 6, get to know how to practice Ecoprinting with Wild Rose Escapes, just 5 minutes’ drive from Shenval B&B. Plants and minerals printed directly onto a surface: learn the technique and be amazed by the results.

SEPTEMBER
Sat 16-Sun 17, Natural Dyeing Short Courses at Shenval B&B neighbours Wild Rose Escapes in Cannich, the gateway to Glen Affric. The woods are the perfect place for hand dyeing, as it is essential to have an outdoor fire to make our dye baths. Learn about local fleece, forage for plant dyes and use a mixture of household natural dyes and foraged plant dyes to produce a rainbow of colours.

SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER
The 2017 Highland Archaeology Festival will be held from 30 September - 15 October.
Highland Archaeology Festival celebrates the archaeology, history, landscape and culture of the Highlands, from buried archaeological remains to canals, cathedrals and castles. There is something for everyone with around 100 events ranging from guided walks, cycle tours, evening lectures and exhibitions. The festival ends with a conference in Inverness featuring talks about recent archaeological excavations and projects across the Highland Council area . Some local events close to Shenval B&B are highlighted below, initialed HAF. Over 20 Exhibitions are also detailed in the full programme on www.highlandarchaeologyfestival.org

OCTOBER
Saturday 8, HAF. Discover the historic landscape of Buntait in Glenurquhart, 5 minutes from Shenval B&B.
Join James McComas on a walk over the historic landscape of Buntait in Glenurquhart including preserved prehistoric hut circles, field systems, a fine cup marked stone and one or two other features that may provoke debate! Meeting place given out on booking. Free/donations welcome. Children welcome if with adults. Bring a packed lunch.Starts: 11:00 Ends: 15:00 Bookings (email preferred) to: NoSAS, Phone 01456 459116 or Email james@comacodirect.com

Friday 13 HAF. Urquhart Under Siege Starts: 12:00 Ends: 16:00 Make a mini-mangonel, meet an armoured defender and learn more about castle sieges at Urquhart Castle 15mns from Shenval B&B! Suitable for age 5 and above. Drop in event, included in admission price (Adults £9.00, conc.£7.20, child 5-15 £5.40). Wheelchair accessible, though steep hill. Historic Environment Scotland Phone 01456 450551

Wednesday 18, HAF. Archaeology Family Day at Aigas 30 mns from Shenval B&B. Starts: 10:00 Ends: 14:00. An archaeology day at Aigas. Suggested donation £5. Bring a packed lunch. Aigas Field Centre Phone 01463 782443 www.aigas.co.uk

 

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