Towns & Activities › Grantown-on-Spey
The Museum tells the story of Grantown-on-Spey, a fine example of an 18th century planned town. The founding of the town is well documented and the history of the people and buildings are brought to life in the exhibitions with both modern and traditional displays and by an audio visual presentation. At the museum you can find out about Queen Victoria’s royal visit of 1860, the coming of the railways and Grantown’s development as a popular holiday destination. Enquiries to Molly Duckett on Tel/Fax 01479 872478
Salmon Fishing on the river Spey has been popular for many years. The Spey is one of Scotland's foremost Salmon rivers, with the Grantown Association having rights to seven miles of the Spey and twelve miles of the river Dulnain you will be able to find a stretch of water to suite your style. The Spey offers all kinds of recreational activity. The river is deservedly world-famous for fly-fishing, teeming with salmon and trout, offering first-class beats. Other recreations include bird watching (home to the rare Goldeneye duck), canoeing, and picturesque riverside walks.
With marked walks through Caledonian forest from the heart of Grantown to the banks of the river Spey, you can find wildlife and wonderful scenery within a five minute walk.
Anagach Woods With walks mapped out through this historic Scots Pine woodland you will find wildlife plentiful. The woods are filled with Roe Deer and Capercaillie. Badenoch and Strathspey is one of the last strongholds of the Red Squirrel. There are also numerous other walks and trails around the town which offer wonderful views over the surrounding hills and mountains.
Shopping, Eating & Drinking
With a wide choice of restaurants, bars and hotels many with live entertainment playing throughout the season you may find yourself having a "highland fling." The town’s Square and High Street are lined with unique, independent and interesting shops and businesses selling everything from children’s clothes to whisky, fishing line to pottery. There are numerous cafes, bars and restaurants offering a wide range of meals, drinks and snacks to suit all tastes and pockets.
Only 15 miles away, you will find Ballindalloch Castle, a magnificent 16th century castle. Enjoy Audio - Visual presentations, River Walks, The oldest herd of Aberdeen-Angus or a leisurely walk through the beautiful gardens. For opening times contact Ballindalloch Castle, Tel 01807 500206.
Grantown on Spey is the Gateway to the Malt Whisky Trail and every year participates in the annual Spring 'Spirit of Speyside' Whisky festival. Some of the finest whiskies in the world are proudly and lovingly produced in this 'neck 'o the woods'. Below are a selection of the distilleries around Grantown on Spey which beg to be visited. Aberlour, Glenfiddich, Balvenie, Cardhu, Glenfarclas, Glenlivet, Macallan, Knockando, Strathisla.
Come along and see more heather varieties than you thought existed and perhaps take a living part of Scotland home with you. The Heather centre also has a wonderful shop and the “Clootie Dumpling” restaurant/tea room.
There are a number of nearby golf courses, the nearest being Grantown’s own golf course, an 18 hole 70 par course. Other courses nearby are boat of garten, Carrbridge, Abernethy and the new Championship course in Aviemore.
There are so many walks in and around the Cairngorms National Park that you really are spoilt for choice. From short and long forest walks to the climbing of the Munros and Corbetts in the area. The views are stunning, walking in this area is a must for any tourist!