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Grantown-on-Spey, Scotland

Grantown-on-Spey, Scotland

An Antipodean travel company serving World Travellers since 1983 offering small group tours to senior couple and mature solo travellers to Scotland and the Scottish isles and throughout Britain. 

Grantown-on-Spey, Scotland

Grantown-on-Spey in winter

An elegant Georgian town on the edge of the magnificent Cairngorms National Park, Grantown- on-Spey is a planned settlement, founded in 1765 by Sir Ludovic Grant to be a centre for the linen industry. The town is surrounded by verdant woodland and mountains, making it a popular holiday destination for hikers, climbers, skiers and snowboarders. Its location near the River Spey means it is also a favourite haunt of fishermen. From Edinburgh, it is a four-hour journey on public transport.

Glenfiddich Distillery

Glenfiddich Distillery is a Speyside whisky distillery in Keith, over half an hour from Grantown. It was founded in 1887 and was built by hand by William Grant and his family. It is the world’s best-selling single-malt whisky and also the most awarded at the International Spirits Challenge. Speyside whisky refers to whisky that has been created near the River Spey so it is worth giving it a try while in the area.

Ben Macdui

Ben Macdui is the highest in the Cairngorms National Park and the second highest mountain in the United Kingdom after Ben Nevis. From the summit, you can experience a magnificent mountain panorama and be able to see other mountains such as Lairig Ghru, Carn Toul and Braeriach.

When Queen Victoria was 40, she climbed to the top of Ben Macdui and afterwards described the experience as: ‘It had a sublime and solemn effect, so wild, so solitary – no one but ourselves and our little party there … I had a little whisky and water, as the people declared pure water would be too chilling’. It can be quite a difficult walk so some level of experience and preparation is required. The best place to start the walk is at the Cairngorms Ski Centre, 40 minutes from Grantown.

If you would like to explore the charming Grantown-on-Spey, our Scottish Whisky and Other Wonders tour spends four nights in the town and visits some of the surrounding landmarks mentioned in this article.

Articles about Scotland published by Odyssey Traveller.

The following list of articles published by odyssey Traveller for mature aged and senior travellers to maximise their knowledge and enjoyment of Scotland when visiting;

For all the articles published on Scotland by Odyssey Traveller, please click through on this link to view.

External articles about the City of Edinburgh and Scotland for travellers.

We also publish articles to give more information to our loyal and prospective clients. You can start by reading our our country spotlight on Scotland.

Updated August 2021.

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