Grantown on Spey was founded in 1765 by Sir James Grant, hence the name Grantown, he was the local laird and gained the name "Good Sir James" for his kind deeds to the locals.
Grantown provides all essential local services, bank or cashing facility (post office. ATM co-op) a range of quality shops for local interest and convenience shopping in the town itself. There are several restaurants and bars, a tea room a local Museum. The Town has plenty to offer for visitors in all seasons.
In winter it is handy for skiing, sitting between both The Lecht and the Cairngorms ski resorts, the Cairngorm Mountains are also a popular climbing area and the views are spectacular from the top. In spring many birds return from migration, including the local Ospreys, the River Spey is teaming with Salmon, giving hope to all fishermen. In the summer you can enjoy the countryside and local woods which surround the town and as the summer moves on the hills turn purple with the heather.
All year round the specialist shops, offer a pleasant distractions, together with the local pubs and restaurants. Glengynack Cottage is an ideal touring base, you can enjoy the beautiful mountains, the historic buildings and scenery. Why not plan a day trip to the dramatic West Coast of Scotland to the Isle of Skye or try spotting Nessie at Loch Ness, visit Royal Deeside - even Orkney, all is within reach. It's an ideal place to stay and explore the Highlands.
The Cairngorms National Park has the largest area of arctic mountain landscape at its heart, with diverse communities around it. It is home to 17,000 people and 25% of Britain's threatened birds, animals, and plants. It includes moorlands, forests, rivers, lochs and glens. It also makes a perfect base to explore the Cairngorm Mountains where you can go fishing, hunting, hiking and rambling and in the winter months skiing at one of the 3 ski resorts, close by Aviemore being only 15 miles away. There is stunning scenery and beautiful wildlife to observe and of course there is also the world famous "Malt Whisky Trail" on our doorstep.