I had always wanted to visit Grantown-on-Spey, a town I have been booking accommodation for others for over two years, and finally, without much planning, we took our wee car, booked a room at the Garth Hotel, and drove up Speyside for the weekend.
How to get to Grantown-on-Spey
It is an easy drive up from Edinburgh via the A9.
I would recommend driving through the Cairngorms National Park for spectactular landscapes, however, as it had been snowing, and we are not experienced drivers in the snow, we opted for the first option.
As you can see from the pictures below, we probably got there on the best day one can experience. There was not a cloud in the sky, the sun was strong, and the whole town was covered in white powder 🙂 There’s nothing as relaxing and cosy as looking at sheets of snow lying everywhere.
After we checked in and unpacked our backpack, we set out for a walk up the hill, a very pleasant one hour walk right on the hill accessible from town.
In less than 20 minutes from the hotel, we were in the middle of the forest, it was absolutely stunning.
After the lovely stroll, we went back to the hotel to warm up and headed to the Craiglynne Hotel for a drink. The hotel is everything you expect from a Highland accommodation. Carpet, wooden tables and a fireplace, with local beers. We were as happy as we could be.
And after that lovely time, we walked back to the Garth Hotel for some dinner. It was really cold outside, now that the sun had come down, and we thought it would have been better to eat in, as the restaurant also looked really good. It was a bit upsetting that they had no local beers but apart than that the food was good enough.
While we did not have any whisky, not sure why, Speyside is famous for its whisky’s distilleries and there is a real tourism dedicated to it. Ba loves whisky and we need to go back for sure. There is a whisky trail, and we would love to make that one day.
Have you ever been to this stunning region in the Highlands?hank you for reading.
For more adventures up North, have a look at my post below!