Aviemore Folk Festival
5 – 9 December 2022
Following the enormous success of the first annual Aviemore Folk Festival in December 2021, we are delighted to be returning to the MacDonald resort once again in 2022 for the Aviemore Folk Festival.
Aviemore is a village situated in the Scottish Highlands, nestled in the far west corner of the Cairngorms National Park. A year-round resort, it is home to five of the UK’s six highest mountains, huge forests of ancient native trees, spectacular waterfalls and more wildlife than you can imagine. It is also home to the Cairngorm Brewery, producing both traditional and more contemporary craft ale.
We can’t promise sunshine, or snow for that matter, but we can promise an incredible line-up, a warm bed with en-suite bathroom, delicious food, optional day trips, whisky and gin tasting and a splendid Christmas Dinner!There will be indoor concerts, workshops, dancing, mulled wine, craft ale, bagpipes, reindeer visits, Christmas jumpers, secret Santa and even haggis.
Expect the same attention to detail and service that you already associate with a Costa del Folk Festival but with an extra sprinkling of magic. If you are thinking of a low-key sedate festival, forget it! Aviemore Folk Festival in December is full of amazing experiences, superb music, festive activities and, above all, fun and friendship.
The accommodation has an option to suit everyone. From the Morlich Hotel, which is right next door to the festival hub where the concerts will take place, to the quieter option of the Highlands Hotel or the Aviemore Hotel or the chance to share with friends and enjoy one of the luxury woodland lodges.
For anyone not wanting to make their own travel arrangements, we have put together an inclusive coach package, travelling from Exeter with pick-up points en-route, allowing you to extend your stay either side of the festival.
- Four nights Dinner, B&B (checkout Friday after breakfast) Limited availability for extra nights, please ask for details
- Hotel or Woodland lodge accommodation
- Full festival pass
- Pre-bookable transfer from Aviemore train station. This is only a few minutes’ walk but, depending on the weather, a mini-bus transfer will be made available for anyone that is unable to walk.
- Daily concerts & workshops (music starts after dinner on Monday evening through til late evening on Thursday).
- Late night bar & music
- Optional, secret Santa gift exchange
- Fully protected for your peace of mind - ABTA No: P7419
- Full time services of the Festival Team
Optional return coach package including dinner, b&b and one night pre and one night post festival. Additional cost of £275pp sharing or £349 solo occupancy. See the coach travel package tab on the website for more info.
Limited availability for additional nights may be available, please ask for details if you would like to extend your stay.
Shooglenifty was formed in 1990 by musicians from the Scottish Highlands, Orkney and Edinburgh. Its bright spark was the idea of fusing traditional and traditional-sounding melodies with the beats and basslines of a mixed bag of more contemporary influences. As happy playing a small highland village hall as they are on an outdoor festival stage playing to tens of thousands, the Shoogles (as they’re known to their fans) have promoted Scottish music all over the world for three decades. See more...
Albion Christmas Band
The Albion Christmas Band are widely regarded as the premier seasonal show, which has been touring for 22 years this year, and attracts sell-out audiences across the UK. Indeed, many people say that their Christmas doesn’t start until they have seen The Albion Christmas Band. Featuring the combined talents of Simon Nicol (Fairport Convention), Kellie While (Albion Band) Simon Care (Edward II) and the Guvnor himself, Ashley Hutchings MBE, this show takes you on a guided tour through the Christmas customs of Britain. See more...
Originally known as Edward the Second and the Red Hot Polkas, the original 8-piece band split up in 1999, only to reform a year later with a return to their unique mix of English folk, world music and reggae. Since then Edward II have gone through a number of changes in their line-up and further periods when they were no longer active. The band came together again in 2015, however, re-invigorated by the discovery of the Manchester Broadsides: the history and stories of Manchester throughout the Industrial Revolution. See more...
The new decade marks an exciting new chapter for Scotland’s fabulous fiddle-led Fara, as founding Orkney frontwomen Jeana Leslie, Catriona Price and Kristan Harvey welcome young Highland pianist Rory Matheson to the line-up. See more...
Why “Churchfitters”? Nobody knows! They’re not fitters and have absolutely nothing to do with churches. The name’s origin is lost in the mists of time but there is one aspect that suits them perfectly - its quirkiness. These three flamboyant characters present their uplifting and entertaining show with a unique dynamism and describe their music as “Folk Unlimited”. See more...
Tim won Musician of the Year at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2020, having previously been a winner of the BBC Folk Awards Musician of the Year. He is rated by many to be one of the world’s finest melodeon and guitar players in the current folk & contemporary scene.
His live solo shows are highly entertaining flights of musical genius. They're a stunning mix of world music, inspired instrumental virtuosity, strong Celtic themes and real passion. See more...
India Electric Co.
India Electric Company are perhaps best described as “a veritable musical magpie’s nest”, BBC Radio 3. Blending traditional instruments, folk melodies and subtle electronic influences, they’ve extensively toured throughout Europe, Australia and New Zealand, including UK shows at The London Palladium and Hammersmith Apollo. See more...
Charlie McKerron Quartet
Capercaillie and Session A9 fiddle player, Charlie Mckerron has been playing with Marc Clement and Tim Edey for over 20 years and after playing with Ross Ainslie at various sessions Charlie asked him to join the group about 10 years ago. Charlie explains, “the combination of the 2 guitar styles of Edey and Clement are electric and can only inspire and make you want to play”. The musicians bring a world music backdrop to many of Mckerron’s compositions, which he likes to feature in his tours. See more...
Comic poet and singer Rob Barratt has performed all over the British Isles and in Australia at arts festivals, folk festivals and many other venues. Rob will take you on a journey to the outer reaches of his brain. In this strange place you will hear about squid, the weather in Aberdeen, data-driven education, his relationship with potatoes and tuk-tuks plus why he doesn’t want to swim with dolphins. He is a Dudley-born, brain-tickling, word-mangling comic poet and singer from North Cornwall, who combines clever word play and song with satire, parody and audience participation. See more...
All Prices are per person and include full festival pass
£100pp deposit required to secure your place
|Early Booking Price||Price from 1 Sept 2022|
|Twin/Double Room - Highlands Hotel (2 people)||£519||£539|
|Twin/Double Room - Aviemore Hotel (2 people)||£519||£539|
|Twin/Double Room - Morlich Hotel (2 people)||£539||£559|
|Solo Occupancy (Double Room) - Highlands Hotel||£749||£769|
|Solo Occupancy (Double Room) - Aviemore Hotel||£749||£769|
|Solo Occupancy (Double Room) - Morlich Hotel||£769||£789|
|Woodland Lodges||Early Booking Price||Price from 1 Sept 2022|
|2 Bedroom Woodland Lodge (4 people)||£539||£559|
|3 Bedroom Woodland Lodge (4 people)||£599||£629|
|3 Bedroom Woodland Lodge (6 people)||£499||£549|
|Coach package supplement|
|Price Per Person based on return
coach travel to Aviemore.
The departure point for the coach will be Exeter with pre arranged pick up points en-route + 2 nights DB&B
|£275 pp sharing / £349 single room|
The Aviemore Hotel
A short walk to the concert halls and festival hub, the 4-star rooms at the Macdonald Aviemore Hotel all feature a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom with a bath or shower and free WiFi. Some rooms may feature a partitioned area with. Some rooms may have a sofa bed or a pop-up bed.
Within this hotel you’ll find Spey Burger, a contemporary American-style family diner serving burgers, burritos, milkshakes and more. Guests have access to a wide range of dining options across the resort. Other restaurants within a few minutes’ walk include Aspects Restaurant in Macdonald Highlands Hotel and Giovanni’s Italian Ristorante in the Macdonald Morlich Hotel.
Sleeps up to 2 adults. The inviting Standard bedrooms are newly refurbished with neutral tones and luxurious interiors throughout
Each room features:
Safety deposit box
The Morlich Hotel
Situated right next door to the concert halls, The Morlich Hotel is a contemporary four star hotel with stylish, comfortable bedrooms. This hotel is right next door to the concert halls and will feature a late night bar, if you prefer a quieter location perhaps opt for the Highlands Hotel or one of the Woodland Lodges
Sleeps up to 2 adults
Each elegantly refurbished standard room is traditionally furnished in purple tones with plenty of space to relax and unwind. Each room offers the option of a King or Twin configuration along with comfortable mattress toppers and soft duvets ensuring a good night’s sleep.
Each room features:
Safety deposit box
The Highlands Hotel
An excellent choice for anyone preferring a quieter location. The Highlands Hotel is situated less than a few minutes’ walk from the facilities of the Conference centre and concert halls. The perfect choice for dining on site in the McDonald signature ‘Aspects Restaurant’
Tastefully traditional, the rooms at the Highlands Hotel are comfortable and a spacious 226sq ft. Each with the option of a King or Twin configuration along with comfortable mattress toppers and soft duvets ensuring a good night’s sleep.
Each room features:
Safety deposit box
You’ll find the well-appointed two and three bedroom woodland lodges nestled amongst the ancient Caledonian Pine forests within the main festival site. The highland lodges combine spacious accommodation with outdoor living complete with cosy wood burning stove.
Each woodland lodge features two or three bedrooms each with en-suite bathrooms and a small kitchen with sperate living room. Perfect for groups of friends looking for somewhere to socialise together whilst maintaining the freedom to come and go as you please.
Lodge Configuration :
- Two Bedroom: Ground Floor - One king bedroom with WC, bath and separate shower
- Beautiful pine forest setting
- Sleep up to 6 people
- 3 bedroom lodges feature wood burning stove & dishwasher
- Galley Kitchen with a 4 ring hob, microwave, fridge, toaster, Nespresso coffee machine, tableware and cutlery
- Storage for bikes, skis etc
- Flat screen TV
- Bed linen & towels provided
- Complimentary toiletries
- Pet friendly lodges available on request & pre-bookable only
First Floor - One double bedroom with WC & shower
Three Bedroom:Ground Floor - One king bedroom with WC, bath and separate shower plus a twin bedroom with WC and Shower.
First Floor - One double bedroom with WC & shower
What are the check-in and check-out times?
Check-in is from 4pm although arrivals from 3pm can often be catered for
Check-out on the day of departure is usually between 10am and 11am
Is there on-site car parking available?
Yes, there is plenty of on-site, free car parking for everyone attending the festival.
Can I travel to the festival in my Camper Van?
Yes, you can travel to the festival in your camper. However, you will not be permitted to stay ‘on-site’ in your camper. You may park on the car-park for the duration of the festival providing you are booked to stay in one of the Hotels on-site.
Room service is available 24 hours a day in the Highlands Hotel only
Can I bring my dog?
Well behaved dogs are welcome to stay in the lodges at an additional cost of £15 per night. Any pets must be pre-booked & confirmed.
Pets are not allowed in any of the indoor public areas.
What is the board basis?
The duration of the festival (four nights) is dinner bed & breakfast. There are plenty of on-site and off-site options for lunch.
Can I purchase festival passes only?
The festival is capacity limited and we have contractual obligations with the Aviemore Centre, we are not currently selling individual festival passes. However, if nearer the time, capacity allows festival passes will be released.
|Optional Coach Package - Exeter to Aviemore|
|£275pp sharing / £349 solo occupancy|
|Additional service station pick-up points can be arranged on request|
|Sunday 04 Dec||Coach departs Exeter Moto Services M5 Junc 30||10:00|
|Pick-up Gordano Services Bristol M5||11:30|
|Pick-up Gloucester Services M5 North||12:15|
|Pick-up Hilton Park Services (Birmingham) M6 North||14:30|
|Pick-up Lymm Services (Warrington) M6/M56||15:45|
|Arrive at your overnight hotel in time for dinner||18:00|
|Monday 05 Dec||Depart after breakfast||10:00|
|Arrive The Old Blacksmiths Shop Gretna Green||11:45|
|Lunch Stop - 1hr 45mins|
|Depart Gretna Green||13:00|
|Arrive McDonald Aviemore Centre||18:00|
|Friday 09 Dec||Depart McDonald Aviemore Centre||10:00|
|Arrive Edinburgh - shopping and Christmas Markets||13:00|
|Arrive at your overnight hotel in time for dinner||18:30|
|Saturday 10 Dec||Depart after breakfast||10:00|
|Arrive Lymm Services||12:30|
|Arrive Hilton Park Services||14:30|
|Arrive Gloucester Services||15:45|
|Arrive Gordano Services||17:00|
|The hotels, to be confirmed pre & post festival will be 4* Hotels|
|All timings are approximate and final timings will be provided closer to departure|
There are several options for getting to Aviemore:
Inclusive Coach Package (extra cost) Please see coach travel package tab
A limited availability option to extend your holiday by a day either side of the festival, spending one night in a 4* Lake District Hotel pre festival and one night on the Scottish border post festival.
Following four nights in Aviemore, the return coach journey will take you via Edinburgh for a visit to the Christmas Markets and onward to your overnight 4* Hotel for dinner bed & breakfast.
Please note: The coach option has limited availability, early booking is recommended.
Aviemore station (situated directly opposite the festival site) is serviced by trains directly from London via the Caledonian Sleeper train: www.sleeper.scot with options to board at various stations en-route
Or various train options via Edinburgh www.trainline.com
Fly into Inverness from:
London Heathrow – www.britishairways.com
A taxi from Inverness airport to Aviemore takes approximately 34 mins and will cost around £60. You can pre-book a taxi online if you wish by searching for Aviemore Taxis. We are happy to put you in touch with others travelling on the same flight who may be happy to share a taxi to Aviemore with you.
Alternatively, the bus from Inverness airport to the bus station at Inverness where you can pick up a bus to Aviemore, taking approximately 1hr 55mins
Aviemore is well connected to the rest of the UK via the A9 and the Motorway network should you prefer to drive yourself and take a more leisurely route.
We are happy to help with travel arrangements should you need assistance
The festival will take place within the grounds of the McDonald Aviemore resort. There is a range of accommodation options all with dinner bed and breakfast for the duration of the festival.
The Morlich Hotel, situated right next door to the Conference centre where all the concerts and workshops will take place the Highland Hotel and the Aviemore Hotel are on site, with the leisure centre sitting between them.
A short walk from one Hotel to the other with a distance of 190 meters door to door.
There will be a late bar in the Morlich Hotel & the Highlands Hotel so if you prefer a quieter night, maybe select the Aviemore Hotel or the Woodland Lodges (shared with friends) both of which are less than a few minutes’ walk to the concert halls.
Spey Valley Shopping
Take care of all your Christmas Shopping with an exclusive 10% discount for everyone attending the festival.
Whether you're looking for a special gift, a new item for your wardrobe or some tasty treats from the delicatessen there is something for everyone all under one roof.
Everyone attending the festival will have full use of the on-site leisure facilities including the large Indoor heated pool.
There are a few different dining options and whilst breakfast will be served in the hotel where you are staying, your choice of restaurant for your evening meals will be reserved via a link that will be shared after booking.
Aspects restaurant is the McDonald signature eatery located in the Highlands Hotel. Enjoy a choice of great dishes including juicy steaks, fresh wild white fish caught from sustainable sources together with delicious vegetarian and vegan options.
Giovanni’s Italian Ristorante
Giovanni's offers a real taste of Italy, right at the heart of Aviemore. This relaxed informal restaurant serving delicious handmade pizzas alongside authentic pasta & risotto dishes is located on the ground floor of The Morlich Hotel and will be open for breakfast and evening meals throughout the festival.
Spey Valley Food Court
A perfect spot for late morning coffee or lunch, right in the heart of the festival activities.
Take out the sun, the hotel, the sea and the food for a minute - Ibiza 2018 had the best line up of any festival I have attended. The quality of the music was outstanding, enhanced by the fact that they all loved being there.
Most folk festivals are well organised and have lovely people helping. Costa del Folk raises that to a whole new level with wonderful people, care and attention from the first minute you book. The mix of known and unknown musicians and music is brilliant. It is a lovely happy party from start to finish. And in a nice hotel in the sunshine. Doesn't get any better.
My perfect holiday! Enjoyed every minute at Costa Ibiza 2018 and 2019 and I'll be there next year! Great music - old favourites and then the music you discover and love too! Great hotel, lovely rooms, great food (excellent for vegetarians too).
My favourite holiday. What's not to love. We've been to three now and so looking forward to the next one. Beautiful setting, great hotel, superbly run event with wonderful performers in a sunshine setting. What more could anyone want?