Around & About

Grantown on Spey has much to offer the visitor with all types of outdoor activities and interesting places to visit. The town itself, the capital of Strathspey, is a fine example of 18th century planning with Victorian villas, a wide main street flanked with good quality shops and a town square.

From right outside the door of Holmhill, you can explore some of the fantastic scenery that surrounds you by walking through the woods that lead to the River Spey, where many a fisherman can be seen fly fishing for Salmon. During your walk look out for Red Squirrels, Deer and Rabbits, the nearby lochan has ducks that seem to have an insatiable appetite.

Within a few miles you can be doing the following activities:

Fishing Salmon, Sea Trout and Brown Trout on the famous River Spey with two of the best fishing shops located right in Grantown on Spey for tackle and tuition if needed.
Walking Make the most of your visit by walking through fantastic pine forests, along rivers and around tranquil lochs. Ranger-led walks are available on many of the local Highland Estates such as Glenlivet and Rothiemurchus, but if you want to go alone walk leaflets are available from the local Tourist Information Centre in Grantown.
Golf With 6 great courses within a 15 mile radius, this is truly a golfer’s paradise. Craggan, just outside Grantown on Spey, is a parkland course situated beside the river and boasts magnificent views of the Cairngorm mountains to the south and the Cromdale hills to the east.
Biking Plenty of routes for all levels of expertise – easy tracks for those who wish to enjoy the scenery to more advanced which will thrill even the most proficient rider – bikes are available for hire locally.
Wildlife Watching The Cairngorms and surrounding areas are home to a wide variety of birds and wildlife, many of which you will see whilst out on a walk but for the rarer species, the Ospreys at RSPB Loch Garten are only a short drive away, and if you want to see Pine Martens and Badgers you can visit an exclusive hide on Rothiemurchus.
Winter Sports Nearby Cairngorm Mountain offers winter skiing and snowboarding
Water Sports Windsurfing, sailing, canoeing all available on two nearby lochs – Loch Insh and Loch Morlich.
Horse Riding There are several local riding centres providing half day and all day pony trekking
Clay Shooting Try this sport at Rothiemurchus where you will experience first class tuition and facilities.
Quad Trekking Exciting and great fun – book your trek at Rothiemurchus Centre
Sleddog Trekking The UK’S only Sleddog Centre based in Glenmore Forest, offers treks, tours and museum visits
Swimming There are swimming pools in Grantown on Spey, Aviemore and Inverness.
Dry Slope Skiing A good taster for the real thing, 60m slope available at  Loch Insh.


Or visit the following places of interest:

Rothiemurchus Lots to see and do including Ranger-led Walks, Land Rover Tours, a range of Outdoor Sports and Activities – the Visitor Centre will give you all the information you need.
Cairngorm Reindeer Britain’s only herd of Reindeer found free ranging in the Cairngorms.
Strathspey Steam Railway A fascinating insight into the age of steam with 10-mile steam trips through ‘Monarch of the Glen’ country.
Culloden Visitor Centre An unmissable experience whether you are a Jacobite or a Hanoverian!
Landmark Forest Theme Park Excitement for all ages in all weathers – fantastic watercoaster, exhibitions, viewing tower, tree-top trail, climbing wall and more,
Revack Estate Visitor attraction set in 350 acres of outstanding scenery, Walled garden, Ornamental lochs, 10 miles of walks and trails, Garden centre, Gift shop and Restaurant. Rich in wildlife,
Speyside Heather Garden & Visitor Centre A multi-award winning Visitor Centre with over 300 varieties of heather, famous Clootie Dumpling Restaurant, Art Gallery, Craft Demonstrations, Heather Exhibition and so much more.
Craggan Outdoors Based on the Glenbeg Estate in the heart of Speyside, Craggan Outdoors offer a wide range of activities, pursuits and adventure breaks catering for groups of all ages and different levels of ability.
Ace Adventures The exciting highland outdoor adventure activity provider offering entertaining and informative activities to suit all ages and abilities that range from the mild to the wild.
Highland Wildlife Park Experience Scottish wildlife as well as international endangered animals of mountains and tundra in this spectacular setting. Drive around the Main Reserve in your own car and then investigate the walk-round area by foot.
Highland Folk Museum The Museum brings to life the domestic and working conditions of earlier Highland peoples. Visitors can learn how their Highland ancestors lived, built their homes, tilled the soil.
The Whisky Trail Strathspey is famous for its distilleries so why not visit several during your stay.
Cairngorm Mountain Railway Britain’s highest and fastest mountain railway taking you to the Ptarmigan restaurant at the top with panoramic views, exhibition, shop and access to winter sports.
Castles Many to see including CawdorBallindalloch and Brodie.
Loch Ness with Jacobite Cruises For the finest way to see Loch Ness, nothing compares to Jacobite 5 star cruises sailing throughout the year

Distances from Holmhill:

  • Aviemore – 14 miles,
  • Carrbridge – 8 miles,
  • Inverness – 31 miles
  • Inverness (Airport) – 28 Miles

For more information about the Speyside area visit

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