Local Activities

A world of outdoor adventure is on your doorstep, arguably the best that Scotland has to offer, whether it’s the wildlife of the Highland forests, rivers and lochs, sport or leisure.

Enjoy outdoor sports such as skiing, golfing. fishing, cycling, hill-walking and climbing. Tour distilleries or visit family attractions such as The Highland Wildlife Park, Landmark Forest Adventure Park, Loch Garten and Inch Marshes RSPB sites. Get aboard the Strathspey Steam Train or ride the Cairngorm Funicular Railway. For more information on these activities click on the ‘helpful links’ page above.

The Cairngorms Mountain range contains over 50 Munros (Mountains over 3000ft) which provide opportunities for long days walking in the hills. However, people come to the Cairngorms National Park for all sorts of reasons, skiing, climbing and the wildlife (ptarmigan, snow bunting, dotterel, mountain hare and red deer to name but a few). The unique environment on the plateau means that many interesting and rare species of flora and fauna thrive in the high mountain conditions, some of which can be found nowhere else in the UK.

Things to do in or near Grantown on Spey (See ‘helpful links’ page above to connect directly to web-sites)

The local woods offer interesting and varied low-level way marked walking trails where many are suitable for wheelchairs. These woods are home to birds such as Capercaillie, Crested Tit and Scottish Crossbill. The famous Speyside Way passes through the village and there are dedicated off-road mountain biking facilities with some challenging routes. Visitors are welcome to play at the local tennis and bowling clubs and to swim at The Leisure Centre. Grantown also boasts a fine range of traditional shops and there are many cafés and coffee shops to choose from making it an ideal place for your highland holiday.

In the evenings and at weekends there is a cinema at McDonalds Highland Resort, Aviemore,  professional theatre and concert venue in Inverness (Eden Court) and amateur dramatics in Grantown and Boat of Garten. (see our ‘helpful links’ page above)

Grantown Museum has an exhibition which explains the history of Grantown which is considered to be one of the first planned towns in Scotland.

High Street Merchants Art Gallery and Coffee shop is much loved by visitors and locals alike – their coffee & homemade cakes are simply sublime!

Craggan Outdoors has a range of outdoor activities such as archery, fishing, canoeing and golf.

The Speyside Centre is a plant nursery specialising in heathers. It has a shop and a café.

Landmark Forest Adventure Park provides fun, discovery and adventure for all ages.

Highland Wildlife Park is a 105 hectare safari park and zoo.

Loch Garten is a breeding site for Ospreys and they can be watched nesting and raising their chicks every summer from the RSPB visitor centre.

Strathspey Steam Railway operates historic trains on the line between Aviemore and Broomhill Station.

Cairngorm Mountain Funicular Railway is the only one of its kind in Scotland. The Ptarmigan Station at the top contains mountain exhibitions, a shop and the UK’s highest restaurant.  Please Note: the Funicular Railway is currently under repair so the only access to the top of the mountain is on foot.