Grantown on Spey is a town within the Highland Council Area in Scotland and is situated around 20 miles South East of Inverness. There are a number of sites of historical interest within the town, as well as a small museum, which is located in Burnfield Avenue and houses a number of local artefacts and historical documents.
There are also a number of churches in the town, which intriguingly have no burial grounds. There are several bus services to the nearby Aviemore, where you can enjoy a number of snow sports and the Highland Folk Museum, which is a realistic open-air museum showing the historic standards of living in which our ancestors lived.
Also nearby is the Highland Wildlife Park, an open-air zoo featuring animal exhibitions including Arctic Wildlife, Scottish Wildlife, Mountain Wildlife and many others, with animals including red pandas, amur tigers and the only polar bear within the UK.
Grantown Museum, Burnfield Avenue, Grantown-on-Spey PH26 3HH (01479) 872478
Opened in 1999, Grantown Museum charts the history of the town from its beginnings in 1765 to how it is today.
One of the main exhibits is ‘the Finlarig Stone’; a Pictish symbol stone found in the 1860s. Other displays include a pictorial record of Queen Victoria’s visit to Grantown in 1860. The museum also hosts a large number of temporary exhibitions throughout the year.
Strathspey Steam Railway, Aviemore Station, Dalfaber Road, Aviemore PH22 1PY (01479) 810725
Located just 11 miles from Grantown, the Strathspey Steam Railway is a twenty mile railway track that runs between the towns of Aviemore and Broomhill.
Originally forming part of the Highland railway line which ran from Perth to Inverness, the Strathspey Railway Company was eventually established in 1978 to preserve the track’s heritage.
Operating between the months of March and September, the Strathspey Steam Railway now offers visitors a spectacular ninety-minute journey through woodland, moorland and along the River Spey.