Roses are red, violets are blue,
Elephants are grey.
When you’re looking for a Scottish break,
With cheesy poems like that, it can only mean it’s nearly St Valentine’s Day. But don’t worry there’s still time to book a special getaway or find a gift. And we’ve got some suggestions for romantic activities that can be enjoyed right here in our wonderful town.
Stay in a hotel fit for a queen
The Grant Arms Hotel has a special offer for the Valentine’s weekend – dinner, bed and breakfast for £419 person for four nights from Feb 11 – 15. This package includes guided walks with the Bird Watching and Wildlife Club and a special Valentine’s meal.
The hotel is more than 250 years old and boasts Queen Victoria as a former guest. She stayed in 1860 during a trip to the north and recorded the visit in her journal, stating that the four-poster bed “nearly filled the room”.
Now the hotel is best known for its fantastic programmes of wildlife holidays, which often have celebrity guides.
Visit the hotel’s website for more information or call 01479 872526.
The High Street is an excellent place to find the perfect gift for your Valentine. We have a wonderful array of independently owned shops, from Ewe and Me with its range of gifts and clothing to Highland Artisans, which stocks a wide range of items made by crafters from across the Highlands and islands.
If you want to stick to the classics, The Flower Box has a glorious range of flowers to choose from and just a few doors away, you can pick up a bottle of champagne or whisky from the new Two Thirsty Men shop.
And you can complete the gesture by popping over the road to The Candy Coo to choose from their selections of luxury chocolates. For jewellery and accessories, pop to My Secret Dressing Room. As it’s name suggests, you might have to look hard to find it, but it’s definitely a worth a visit for a quirky present.
For a spot of pampering, head to The Therapy Suite. The team offers hair, beauty and complimentary therapies in a luxurious setting in Seafield Avenue. A candlelit hallway awaits you before you choose from a menu of treatments that includes facials, aromatherapy and massage. There’s also a steam room, sauna and jacuzzi. And best of all – gift vouchers are available.
It would be a shame to come all the way to Grantown and not enjoy a romantic stroll. Luckily, we have a wealth of walks to offer. The viewpoint at Dreggie, is a great choice. Starting from the caravan park, this welk offers fantastic views of the whole town and Cromdale Hills. On a clear day, you’ll see all the way to the Cairngorms from the top.
Or hiking up a hill doesn’t do it for you, how about a beautiful walk along the River Spey? Here you can try to spot dippers popping in and out of the clear waters.
Of course, some people say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. While we can’t comment on the accuracy of that statement, it is true that you can find some delicious meals on offer in Grantown.
Grantown East’s famous puddin’ pizzas are also a special treat, especially when served in their wonderful train carriage restaurant. Or if you just want to stay in, Anderson’s Pizza and their unique toppings might be your pick.