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Grantown-on-Spey

Tourist Attractions

Few areas in Scotland provide the year round tourist attractions and sporting opportunities that can be found in Grantown-on-Spey, the Spey Valley and Cairngorm area. Most of the attractions mentioned below are in the immediate area of Grantown-on-Spey but don't forget that we are perfectly situated to visit the Moray Coast, The Black Isle and Royal Deeside.

Grantown War
                          Monument in the town square 

War Memorial above and Grantown Show below

Grantown
                          Show 2003

Grantown-on-Spey has a golf club, heritage centre, swimming pool, tennis courts ( 8 clay courts of the Grantown-on-Spey Lawn Tennis Club that are open to visitors ), curling rinks, and a fine selection of shops for both the tourist and sports person alike. There is also the award winning Craggan Mill Restaurant, Craft shop and Art Gallery. The extensive woods behind Kinross House were once part of the Old Caledonian Pine Woods. Sadly these beautiful natural woodlands are a fraction of their original size as they covered most of the Highlands several hundred years ago. Within these woods, however, you can still find a variety of pines, as well as indigenous juniper, willow, rowan and also aspen, hazel, birch, alder and gean. This rich variety of plant life accommodates an equally wide variety of birds and animals. Just outside Grantown is Nethybridge Pottery, where Rob Lawson throws his highland stoneware. Well worth a visit for everything from souvenirs to a full dinner service.

The Strathspey Steam Railway operates from the beginning of April to the end of October and also in December and January. It will soon be running from Aviemore to Grantown-on-Spey. Luncheon, a full bar service and Morning Coffee or Afternoon Tea with pancakes, honey and cakes is available in summer, while in winter there are "Mince Pie Specials" and "The Hogmanay Special" which straddles midnight and therefore is the very first train to run in the new year. There is also an "Enthusiast Day" where Steam, Diesel and Diesel Multiple-Unit trains run for the standard fare and the "Saturday Service by Diesel Railcar" where you can sit behind the driver and see the track ahead.

The River Spey has a reputation for superb salmon, sea and brown trout fishing but also boasts an excellent Smokehouse, found on the outskirts of Grantown-on-Spey. Here visitors can not only watch and learn the traditional methods of curing and smoking fish but also purchase some.

The award winning Speyside Heather Centre is only a few miles from Grantown-on-Spey. 300 varieties of heather can be seen growing in the Garden Information Trail, the Heather Garden or in the Plant Sales section. There is also Scotland's only Heather Heritage Visitors Centre where translations are available together with a craft shop, designer knitwear boutique, produce shop, and don't forget the Clootie Dumpling Restaurant or to take a bottle or two of heather wine away with you. The centre is open all year.

Musically there is the Strathspey in May festival, which is held in Grantown and Speyfest which is held in Fochabers. Both are Celtic and folk music festivals.

The first Sunday in September sees the Grantown Triathlon and Motor Mania day being held. The triathlon is a mini Tri in which you can enter individually or as a team of 3. Please contact Rebecca at Ardenbeg Outdoor Centre for more details. The Motor Mania day is a vintage car and motorbike parade and display with lots of stalls, games etc for all the family in the town square.