many summer events in Grantown.
coming to Grantown?
Many of you will have been
here before and will know of the warm highland hospitality, the beauty of
Strathspey and the special ambience of this wonderful place.
For those of you who have not
yet ventured this far, this page has been added to our web-site to tell you about
Grantown on Spey, (often referred to simply as, 'Grantown'), and the surrounding
area and to help you make
your own travel plans and decisions.
Grantown is a small Georgian
town with a permanent population of about 2500. This number tends to swell
during the summer months with visitors from near and far. There is much to do in
and around Grantown - besides the fishing that is.
Grantown is situated within
the largest and newest National Park in the U.K.;
The Cairngorms National Park.
The Authority which is charged with running 'The Park' has its headquarters in
Mountain biking, hill
walking, bird / wildlife watching and golfing are just a few of the many outdoor
activities which you could try. Of course, many people come here just to relax.
The town itself has
small restaurants, coffee shops, bars and hotels. There are a couple of small
supermarkets with plenty of gift shops too. There is an Indian restaurant,
and one Chinese take-away. If you're worried about your health, there is a
small 'cottage' hospital, dentist and chemist.
If you or your family are
fanatical about golf, your needs are catered for. Grantown has two 18 hole
courses and there are two other courses within 5 miles at Nethybridge and Boat
of Garten. There are other courses within a 15 minute drive at Aviemore and Ballindalloch.
one of Grantown's two courses.
In 2002, the town's people
managed to buy Anagach Woods adjacent to the town. This is a special woodland of
about 1000 acres which is known to have important populations of Capercaillie,
Red Squirrel and several other threatened and endangered species of birds,
animals, insects and plants. You can spend endless hours just wondering through
these woods on the numerous paths and tracks. The wood is now managed by Anagach
Woods Trust. Have a look at: www.anagachwoods.org.uk/
hosts a whisky festival during the last weekend of April. Have a look at:
Davidson enthusiasts rally held every year in August.
For a more detailed look at
Grantown, have a look at:
Aviemore, a more commercial
tourist type small town, is only 14 miles away. It is ideally placed for access
to the Cairngorm Mountains, Loch Morlich and Loch Insh water sports centres and
the Funicular Railway. If you want to find an outdoor / hill walking / climbing
shop then go to Aviemore - there are loads of them.
The beaches and sleepy costal town of the Moray Firth are just a short drive away.
You may know that the Moray
Firth is famous for many things including the fact that it is home to the
world's most northerly population of Bottlenose Dolphins. There are daily boat
trips to see them which sail from Inverness Harbour.
The city of Inverness serves the
whole northern half of Scotland and so you can find just about everything there.
Naturally, there are Marks & Spencer's and Debenham's stores together with all of the other
typical High Street names.
Elgin is about the same
distance from Grantown as Inverness. It is a very pleasant town with a more
Of course, you wouldn't come
to Speyside and fail to visit a whisky distillery, would you? Grantown is
surrounded by them - in fact there is even an official whisky trail!!
where you are going to stay?
You must be staying in
Grantown or its immediate vicinity to be eligible to fish our waters. With this
in mind, Grantown has ample
accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets. There are many hotels, guest
houses and B & B's. There is also a top-quality camp-site which has won a David
Bellamy award for its wildlife. This Camp-Site won the Scottish Camp Site of the
Year 2007 award and it has previously won other awards for its clean loos!
(Check out www.caravanscotland.com
)There is also a wealth of self-catering
accommodation available in Grantown.
The local tourist office
staff will be delighted to assist you find the accommodation that suits you. The
telephone numbers of the local tourist offices are detailed below.
....(seasonal)....... 01479 872773.
How do you
Grantown is situated
about 34 miles south-east of Inverness which benefits from a quiet, pleasant and stress-free airport.
There are now daily flights to Inverness from all parts of Britain and an
increasing number of direct flights to mainland Europe. There are several car-hire operators at
The table below gives
up-to-date information about flights to and from Inverness.
If you fancy travelling by
train, then head to Aviemore station which is on the main line to Inverness. There are direct trains to and from London and the south. Aviemore is
about 14 miles from Grantown and there are always taxis available.
Car-hire is also available in Aviemore for which you will have to check google.
For your train enquiries, have a look at:
If travelling here by car, then take the A9,
( a fast trunk road ), to just north of Aviemore. Thereafter, take the A95 to
Grantown on Spey. Have a look at: