Slightly further afield

40 minutes to the North takes you to the Moray Coast where dolphins are often spotted from the shore. (Boat trips can also be booked for a closer view). This length of coastline, from Inverness to Peterhead, contains many authentic fishing villages and fabulous beaches and it has recently been voted as the 11th best coastline in the world for sustainability and authenticity by Traveller Magazine.

Loch Ness is about an hour away from Grantown. There is lots to do such as boat trips, Nessie Tours and visit Urquhart Castle

Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre, The battlefield is restored to as close as possible where on that fateful day in 1746 the last hand-to-hand battle fought on British soil took place. Culloden Moor, near Inverness is approximately 45 minutes drive from Grantown.

CASTLES (just a few as there are lots around. See National Trust for Scotland and Historic Scotland)

Ballindalloch Castle, This is our favourite castle and its the closest to Grantown. The family of Macpherson-Grant, still live in the 16th-Century Castle and they make every effort to talk to visitors about running the property and the estate. It is situated about 15 minutes drive away on the A95 towards Aberlour and is well signposted from the road. The castle rooms are beautifully conserved and filled with family heirlooms and artworks. There are lovely parklands, gardens, a labyrinth, childrens play area and a short river walk to where the River Avon runs into the River Spey.

Brodie Castle, Stuffed to the turrets with antique furniture, paintings and ceramics, the legacy of generations of Clan Brodie, this 16th-century castle is a slice of Scottish history not to be missed. Also extensive grounds, café and shop.

Cawdor Castle, A magical name, romantically linked by Shakespeare with Macbeth. A superb fairy-tale Castle, and just what every visitor is looking for … Scottish history that you can touch and see and sense for yourself.

Set amongst the magnificent scenery of Royal Deeside, in the shadows of Lochnagar is the Balmoral Estate and Castle. The grounds, gardens and exhibitions are closed to the Public during August, September and October as The Royal Family are in residence.

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