Weekend away in the Speyside region, Scotland

I had always wanted to visit Grantown-on-Spey, a town I had been booking accommodation for others for over two years, and finally, without much planning, we booked a room at the Garth Hotel, for a very convenient rate and drove our way up from Edinburgh through the A9. As it had been snowing, we didn’t want to risk driving through the Cairngorms, one of the most scenic areas in Scotland, but we still had an amazing road trip.

As you can see form 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 sky blue, and the whole town was covered in powder 🙂 There’s nothing as relaxing and heart-warming as white snow sitting everywhere.. and no better place to be in.

After we checked in and unpacked our backpack, we set out for a walk up the hill, a very pleasant one hour walk right in the town, which took a bit longer because of the million pictures’ stops taken on the way.

In less than 20 minutes from the hotel, we were in the middle of the forest, it was absolutely stunning.

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Walk in Grantown-on-Spey’s forest

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.

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Bar at the Craiglynne Hotel

And after that lovely time, we walked back to the Garth Hotel for some dinner. I remember now 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.

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Garth Hotel
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Snow and blue sky
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Dusk on a winter day in Grantown-on-Spey
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Cottage in Grantown-on-Spey
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The Craiglynne Hotel

And you, have you ever been to this stunning region in the Highlands?

xxx

Sara

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