Photo’s of Grantown-on-Spey and the surrounding area taken by Jane.

Meet Jane

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Hello, my name is Jane Hope.  I am currently a board member of Grantown Initiative and Treasurer of Grantown Museum. Having retired from the Cairngorms National Park Authority in recent years, I now roam freely with my camera, taking pictures of the events, the landscapes, and wildlife that grace this National Park throughout the year. I will be sharing these picures on a monthly basis, and perhaps more often, depending on what catches my eye as I go out and about.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so the idea of this blog is simply to illustrate life in the Cairngorms National Park, particularly around Grantown-on-Spey.

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Spring continues....

Despite an unseasonable fall of show,

the daffs in the square remind us that

Spring has sprung.

Along with the swallows, the Willow

warblers have arrived, singing their hearts

out from every available tree top. Like the

swallows they journey all the way from South Africa.


.This view towards the Cairngorms from

just south of Grantown warms my heart

every year, heralding the arrival of spring.

And these characters warm my heart

as well. Surprisingly difficult to get them

to pose, but these two were enjoying the

sunshine so much they weren’t bothered

by me.

Winter comes at last

A covering of snow in and around

Grantown turns Ben Rinnes a delicate

pink in the evening February sun.

Red squirrels do not hibernate contrary

to popular opinion, and are easy to see

in the snow as they forage for food. They

are particularly fond of hazlenuts!

Happy New Year !

Grantown-on-Spey welcomes in


Another splendid firework display at

The Bells. Congratulations to all

the volunteers who made it happen.

Merry Christmas from Grantown-on-Spey

The festive lights in the Square at

this time of year really lift the spirits.

A big thank you to all the volunteers

who put up the festive lights each year.

Remembrance Sunday

11 November 2018, 100 years on from

the Armistice, the people of

Grantown remember.

Poppies, kintted as an act of

remembrance, glow in the

November sunshine.

Younger generations contemplate:

“all gave some,

some gave all,

least we forget”.

I have taken all the colour ouf of this photo

except the red, so the poppies stand in poignant

contrast to the sombre grey.

Grantown in Autumn

It is difficult to do justice to the autumn

colours which this year seem better than

ever; even on a dull wet day the beech

trees glow on the road into town.

Autumn sunlight

The last of the autumn sunlight

in Anagach Woods, first week of


LeJog Comes to Grantown

Two of around 800 cyclists on a charity
ride from Lands End to John O’Groats which
came through Grantown on Saturday
15th September.

Pit Stop

A colourful scene as the heather-clad
Cromdale Hills provide the backdrop
to the pit stop by around 800 cyclists.

Heilan Coos

Highland cows seem to be everyone’s
favourite. These two characters were
spotted just outside Grantown on the
back road to Coylumbridge.

Curious Lambs

Three lambs from this year’s crop,
gambolling near the road to Nethy Bridge.

Grantown Highland Games

Grantown Highland Games take place
each year at the end of August and is
part of the of Scottish Highland Games
Association’s calendar of events.

Grantown Highland Games

These traditional games feature Light and
Heavy Field events, Highland dancing, Piping,
Running and Cycling which involve the usual stuff.

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