This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Grantown-on-Spey. To help you make friends with Grantown-on-Spey before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Located at the midpoint between two of Scotland’s best ski areas, the Cairngorm and Lecht, the town of Grantown-on-Spey is a charming small town that provides a perfect home base for travelers looking to explore the Strathspey area. The town is a popular holiday destination during the winter, but has plenty to offer visitors year-round.
With a spectacular ancient forest enveloping the town, Grantown-on-Spey features gorgeous views of the Scottish countryside. The woodlands around the community provide a unique habitat for varied local wildlife, and offers plenty of opportunities for hiking, climbing, and biking. The town is located next to the river Spey, and only 20 miles southeast of the city of Inverness.
Accommodations here book up fairly quickly in the winter, as skiers and snowboarders flock to the town to take advantage of its proximity to the beautiful Cairngorms National Park. However, guests staying at a hostel or hotel here can do more than just enjoy the snow. Grantown-on-Spey features a spectacular 18-hole golf course and a fascinating opportunity to learn more about the local history at the Grantown Heritage Museum.
From a hostel or hotel, visitors can walk the streets of this picturesque town to see some of the beautiful churches and intriguing cemeteries, which offer fascinating insight into the town’s traditions. Inverallan, the original burial ground of Grantown-on-Spey, is a beautiful cemetery with old inscriptions and even an original entrance gate.
Transportation options here are relatively limited, so guests looking to get to their hostel or hotel will need to consider either renting a car or relying on bus or taxi service to get around. There are currently no rail services to Grantown-on-Spey. However, this small town is a great place to stay while exploring the surrounding area, so a car rental is a good investment for visitors coming here for a holiday.
Written by local enthusiast for Grantown-on-Spey hostelsJakob Lombardi