why not visit the kids will love it open all year round
The Speyside Way is one of four official Long Distance Routes in Scotland (the others are the West Highland Way, the Southern Upland Way and the Great Glen Way). It was first opened in 1981, to run from Spey Bay to Ballindalloch, with a spur to Tomintoul being added in 1990. A northern extension from Spey Bay to Buckie followed in 1999, with the route finally being completed between Ballindalloch and Aviemore in April 2000. The route now links the Moray coast with the edge of the Grampian Mountains, generally following the valley of the River Spey.
Landmark Activity Centre, Where else can you rock climb, flume ride, meet red squirrels face to face, walk through the tops of tall pine trees, watch logs being sawn on a steam powered sawmill, wonder at the sheer strength of a Clydesdale horse, explore the hidden microscopic universe and learn all the secrets of Scotland's ancient Pine forest - and you have only just got going! Easily a whole day's entertainment - and educational too. When the inevitable hunger pangs start to kick in there's a great value family restaurant and snack bar with the biggest selection of ice creams in the north. Great for the kids, but pricey for adults with little to do but watch.
Strathspey Steam Railway is based at Aviemore and runs a steam train service to the village of Boat of Garten and on to Broomhill near Nethybridge, Dulnain Bridge and 3.5 miles from Grantown on Spey (and plans soon to go into Gratown itself). Broomhill is the location for station scenes at "Glenbogle" in the BBC series "Monarch of the Glen". Why not book afternnon tea it's an absolute delight, China tea cups, cucumber sandwiches and cakes all in a first class setting.
Coylumbridge Fun House , The Fun House is a purpose built facility on site at Hilton Coylumbridge. Packed full of activities for the whole family including Cyril's Tree House, adventure mini golf, 10-pin bowling, family games room and a Diner serving snacks all day. For those wet and windy days it's ideal for the young ones.
Baxters Highland Village The Baxters Highland Village offers a variety of speciality shops, stocked with a wide range of Baxters and Audrey Baxter range of food products, as well as wines and whiskies, speciality foods, clothing, cookware and gifts. George Baxter’s Cellar Shop stocks all of the Baxters food range, made here in Fochabers, as well as the popular Audrey Baxter range of speciality products. Mrs Baxter’s Cook Shop is packed full of practical items for the kitchen. You can visit to one of the restaurants serving Scottish fayre, including Baxters famous soups, pancakes fresh from the griddle and home baked pastries.
Loch Insh Watersports & Boathouse Restaurant Just 7 miles south of Aviemore on the shores of scenic Loch Insh there are plenty of activities for all ages. A range of watersports are on offer including: sail sports, paddle sports, raft building, fishing, rowing and pedalo’s on the loch. Off the water we have archery, play parks, and a dry ski slope, great team building apparatus. Not forgetting stunning walks and mountain biking. The Boathouse Restaurant boasts a most spectacular view, looking south west and enjoys amazing sunsets most evenings.
The Cairngorms National Park is a unique mountainous area of wild land, moorlands, forests, rivers, lochs and glens. The Park has a rich cultural landscape with a sense of wildness and space at its heart. Different areas have their own distinct identity and cultural traditions.
It inspires passion both in those who live here and those who visit it. It Stretches from Grantown on Spey to the heads of the Angus Glens, from Ballater to Dalwhinnie and Drumochter including much of the Laggan area in the southwest and a large area of the Glen Livet estate and the Strathdon/Glen Buchat area.
Osprey Centre, Loch Garten RSPB, The Loch Garten Osprey Centre provides fantastic views of these magnificent birds on the nest, as well as close up views thanks to our non-invasive CCTV camera.
The reserve also has some excellent walks, with the chance to see red squirrels, dragonflies and crested tits. Early in spring, join us for Caper-watch and see the spectacular display of the capercaillie, Scotland’s largest grouse.
There are three castles close to Grantown, Ballindalloch Castle is 14 miles north east of Grantown on Spey, it dates from at least the 16th century. Castle Cawdor is just 25 miles from Grantown-on-Spey. It's a magical name, romantically linked by Shakespeare with Macbeth. A superb fairy-tale Castle. Brodie Castle is set in peaceful parkland, its 16th-century tower house is packed with enough art and antiques its magnificent library contains some 6,000 volumes.
If you want to travel just that bit further you could visit Urquart Castle , built in the 1230s, seized by the English in 1296, sacked by the MacDonald Lord of the Isles in 1545 and left to fall into decay after 1689. Most of the existing buildings date from the 14th century and include the Grant Tower (16th century) the best-preserved part of the complex, the views of Loch Ness from here a stunning.
The Malt Whisky Trail in and around Speyside, home of more than half of Scoltland's Distilleries. The traditions of distilling and maturing Scotch Whisky have evolved through the centuries, using crafts passed from generation to generation in a continual process of refinement. Today fine Scotch Malt Whisky is produced in distilleries located in the most picturesque of settings, Highland scenery, a beautiful coastline and attractive towns and villages. Visit the eight distilleries and cooperage on the Malt Whisky Trail, the Cashmere Visitor Centre, craft centres, castles & gardens.
Commando Monument Located on the A82 trunk road, just northwest of Spean Bridge, is the Commando Memorial. This memorial shows three soldiers who look over Leanachan Forest to the peaks of Aonach Mor and Ben Nevis. It commemorates the elite force, the 'Commandos', which was set up in 1940 and trained in the surrounding area, and it was here that my farther was staitoned towards the end of the war.