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One of many summer events in Grantown.

 

Thinking of 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 planned 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 Grantown.

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 several 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.

Golfing at 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/

 

Grantown hosts a whisky festival during the last weekend of April. Have a look at: www.spiritofspeyside.com

 

Harley Davidson enthusiasts rally held every year in August.

 

For a more detailed look at Grantown, have a look at:

www.grantownonspey.com

 

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 relaxed feel.

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!!

 

Wondering 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.

Grantown ....(seasonal)....... 01479 872773.

Aviemore....(full time).....01479 810363.

or

www.visitscotland.com

 

How do you get here?

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 Inverness Airport. www.hial.co.uk/inverness-airport.html

 

The table below gives up-to-date information about flights to and from Inverness.

Operator  Destination  Contact   Website 
Flybe
 
Amsterdam
 
0871 700 0535
 
www.flybe.com
 
Flybe  Belfast  0871 700 0535  www.flybe.com  
Flybe  Benbecula  0871 700 0535  www.flybe.com  
Flybe  Birmingham  0871 700 0535  www.flybe.com  
easyJet  Bristol  0871 244 2366  www.easyjet.com  
Lufthansa  Dusseldorf  0871 945 9747  www.lufthansa.com  
Flybe  Jersey  0871 700 0535  www.flybe.com  
Flybe  Kirkwall  0871 700 0535  www.flybe.com  
Flybe  London Gatwick  0871 700 0535  www.flybe.com  
easyJet  London Gatwick  0871 244 2366  www.easyjet.com  
easyJet  London Luton  0871 244 2366  www.easyjet.com  
Flybe  Manchester  0871 700 0535  www.flybe.com  
Flybe  Southampton  0871 700 0535  www.flybe.com  
Flybe  Stornoway  0871 700 0535  www.flybe.com  
Flybe  Sumburgh  0871 700 0535  www.flybe.com  
Helvetic/Falcontravel  Zurich    www.falcontravel.ch  
Discover Jersey Jersey  0844 415 6653  www.discoverjersey.com  

 

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: www.nationalrail.co.uk 

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: www.multimap.com

 

 
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