Wildlife and music combined

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Visitors to St Cyrus nature reserve today (Wednesday) will be entertained, not only by the wildlife, but music by Scottish fiddler Aidan O’Rourke.

At 4 p.m. you can join fiddler Aiden O’Rourke and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) staff for a musical tour of St Cyrus, followed by toasted marshmallows and live fiddle playing.

The relaxing stroll through the reserve is part of the Atomic Doric project run by Woodend Barn in Banchory, which aims to inspire art and engage people with nature across Aberdeenshire with a series of interactive events.

The wilderness walk will take in the local plant and wildlife along the beach, and will stop off at a spectacular cave and waterfall which many beach-goers don’t even know exists. Aidan will punctuate the walk with live performances, before the participants head to the waterside to toast marshmallows and reflect on their journey.

Advance booking is essential which can be done through Woodend barn at www.woodendbarn.com/whats-on/atomic-doric.

Bring a picnic and marshmallows for toasting. Well-behaved dogs on leads welcome.

On July 31, the Fèis Rois National Ceilidh Orchestra will take stage at St Cyrus for two sessions, from 12.30 to 1.30 p.m. and 2.30 to 3.30 p.m. Currently on their second year of their Creative Scotland and SNH-funded National Ceilidh Trail tour, this exceptional group of musicians shows Scottish traditional music at its very best.

The Fèis Rois National Ceilidh Trail is a professional development opportunity for outstanding young musicians to experience life touring. The musicians are spending the summer touring. With their beautifully crafted songs and driving tune sets, these young musicians promise you an entertaining performance of both traditional and contemporary folk music. No booking is required for this event. Both events are free.

For more information, see www.feisrois.org. For more on Aidan O’Rourke, see www.aidanorourke.net