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.
War Memorial above and Grantown
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.
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
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
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.