It might be getting colder and darker but there’s still lots of adventures to be had in our town. Read on for some great activities to keep you entertained in autumn.
1 Explore the beauty of Anagach Woods
There’s no mistaking the changing of the season now. Where everything was green a few weeks ago, now the vibrant yellows, oranges and reds are in full effect. And there’s no better place to see that than in Grantown’s own Anagach Woods.
Walking down General Wade’s Military Road and being surrounded by colour is an amazing treat for everyone. There are so many trails to explore, with the promise of beautiful views and wildlife on offer. Red deer often bound across the path, while red squirrels can be seen scampering up and down the pines.
And keep your eyes peeled for some smaller creatures. We love looking for these blue and orange stripey caterpillars of the Oak Eggar moth. They’re still busy munching on the heather if you take a closer look.
2 Get your popcorn at the ready for the big screen on our wee High Street
Grantown Community Cinema always has a regular line-up of films for all ages.
The 47-seater venue, which is in the local YMCA on the High Street, closed when the pandemic hit. But now the volunteer-run cinema is back, with screenings for everyone.
Check online at www.grantowncinema.co.uk/ for the latest news and screenings and to get your tickets.
3 Dare you take on the Wolf of Badenoch?
One of the most notorious episodes of local history features Alexander Stewart, the Earl of Buchan, AKA the Wolf of Badenoch. One of his local lairs is at beautiful Lochindorb, to the north of Grantown, where his island castle now lies in ruins.
Stewart famously set fire to Elgin Cathedral and parts of Forres during a campaign of terror against the church after the Bishop of Moray refused to annul his marriage. And legend says that he lost his soul in a game of chess with the Devil.
It is this tale that has provided inspiration for a puzzle at Escape Cairngorms, at The Pagoda in Grantown. Teams are challenged to find clues and solves a series of problems in order to escape the Wolf’s dungeon within an hour.
Will you take up the challenge? Book your slot now at www.escape-cairngorms.co.uk/.
4 Go guising down Grantown High Street
Guising is a uniquely Scottish term. Traditionally, it means wearing a mask and visiting houses, where children would have to tell a joke or sing a song in return for a sweetie. Many of the houses in the town get decorated at this time of the year to indicate that they are open for guisers to visit.
But Our High Street businesses are getting also into the Halloween spirit. Many have decorated their windows with ghosts, pumpkins and other scary characters. And there’s a few Halloween-themed treats on offer at the local bakeries and cakeries.
We can’t promise that you’ll get a sweetie in return for a joke when you go to the till but it’s always worth a try!