Grantown-on-Spey, the Capital of Strathspey is in the centre of the Scottish Highlands and only 14 miles from Aviemore
Grantown-on-Spey, the Capital of Strathspey is in the centre of the Scottish Highlands and only 14 miles from Aviemore. A traditional Highland town on the River Spey on the northern edge of the Cairngorms National park, it is a fine example of a Georgian planned town – one of the first to be set out in this fashion in the 1760s. It has many historic buildings, a tree lined Square and striking Georgian and Victorian architecture.
The town is surrounded by ancient woodlands, much of which is community owned and which offer a unique habitat for a wide variety of wildlife. These Anagach Woods have way marked trails and there is walking for all abilities. There are also numerous other walks and trails around the town which offer wonderful views over the surrounding hills and mountains.
The town has an award-winning Museum which tells the story of Grantown’s beginnings, brought to life by an extensive photographic collections and audio visual display. Here 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.
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.
All in all it is a beautiful, charming town with plenty to do for the day visitor and which offers a unique opportunity to experience a traditional Highland town, dating from 1760s.