Welcome To Grantown-on-Spey

a thriving Scottish Highland community with great places to visit, lots to do and a high street full of independent shops





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Welcome to Grantown-on-Spey

Welcome to Grantown-on-Spey in the Scottish Highlands, perfectly placed in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. Grantown is a great place to work, live and holiday in with great outdoor spaces, a High Street full of independent shops, a local supermarket, hotels, guest houses, B&Bs, self catering properties, a caravan park, many of which are award winning!

We have leisure and outdoor activities on our doorstep – golfing, fishing, walking, cycling (including a mountain bike trail park) and wildlife.  Winter sports lovers are well catered for with Aviemore just 14 miles to the south, the mighty Cairngorm mountains beyond and The Lecht Ski Resort less a half hour drive away.

Stunning Scottish Highland Location

Historically, a planned town with beautiful architecture and protected buildings, Grantown-on-Spey boasts a community owned woodland leading down to the famous River Spey which draws people from all over the world for the fishing opportunities. Surrounded by Highland estates with various outdoor country sports on offer we are also close to a steam railway which will be coming to Grantown very soon thanks to the tireless efforts of the Rails to Grantown group who have been campaigning and fund raising for years to bring the train back to town.

There are endless walks in and around the town and a purpose built cycle trail in the Anagach Woods. There are disabled access paths through the woods too so everyone can enjoy our beautiful area and wildlife can be seen throughout the year.

Grantown-on-Spey is also home to the Craig MacLean Leisure Centre which is open to the public.

A Welcoming Business and Local Community

We have a lovely traditional High Street, with wonderful independent shops, you won’t find any large chain stores here! To satisfy your food needs we have a good choice of cafes, bars and restaurants – you are never far from good Highland food to keep you going.

We have a thriving church community in and around Grantown plus a variety of adult learning classes, dance groups, art and craft groups plus the Cairngorm Farmers Market comes to the Town Square once a month throughout the summer. Our town hosts various events throughout the year from the Truck In 2 Grantown and the Harley Davidson rally through to the Grantown Show, Motor Mania and the crown of them all, our Hogmanay Street Party.

These businesses and events are used and attended by locals and visitors alike, and talking of locals did we mention our playgroup, Primary school and Grammar school as well so Grantown-on-Spey really is a lovely place to bring up a family.

Grantown-on-Spey a great place to live, work and visit!

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Grantown’s Big Events:

Grantown Does Christmas – 5th and 6th December 2020

Christmas shopping and activities weekend involving community groups and retailers. Grantown is magical at Christmas with a wonderful lights display and fabulous High Street full of independent shops where you can find unique Christmas gifts.

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In normal years, Grantown puts on many events, the biggest of which are below. Grantown Does Christmas is a new event for 2020 and will be held over the first weekend in December:

Truck In 2 Grantown – Charity truck show In Grantown-on-Spey in May, raising funds for a variety of good causes. Hundreds of trucks on display, trade stalls, catering & beer tent. The biggest truck show in the north of Scotland, and the second biggest in Scotland.

Grantown Show – Farming and agriculture show featuring farm animals, a show field, trade stalls, fun fair and a dance in the evening. Normally on the second Thursday in August.

Thunder In The Glen – On the last weekend in August, thousands of Harley Davidson riders descend on Aviemore for what is described as the best HOG rally in Europe. On the Saturday, there is a mass rideout to Grantown-on-Spey. Once witnessed, you will never forget the roar of all those bikes!

Motormania – Classic car show, with hundreds of cars on display throughout the town. Food and craft stalls as well as entertainment during the day. Normally the first weekend in September.

Try-Tri – Try a triatholon, the fun way! You try it yourself or work as a team – swim, cycle and run at our annual Try-Tri held in the middle of September. See the website for more information.

Hogmanay – The best Hogmanay street party in the Highlands, with a ceilidh in the street, beer tent and burgers, and an amazing fireworks display – 31st December.


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