Things to Do?
New for 2019 season – Grantown East Heritage Centre and Mini Railway
We are also anticipating the re-opening of the much loved Speyside Heather Centre following the fire a couple of years ago.
Play Golf on one of our superb standard courses – or a 9 hole shorter option.
Or play Pitch and Putt on the course here at Auchendean weaving through the garden.
Walking and Hill-walking is popular; we have maps and books with walks for all abilities. Cycling is another sport to enjoy on the quieter B roads and the Rothiemurchus Estate has extensive tracks.
Birding – the area is special and we have several reserves where you may find our rarities. Crested tit; Crossbill or Capercaillie & Osprey at nearby Loch Garten, the famous RSPB Loch Garten Reserve. You may also seek out a Slavonian grebe.
Scottish Wildcat? Pine Marten? Otter? You may see them in the wild around here if you are very very lucky but there’s a better chance at the Highland Wildlife Park at nearby Kingcraig.
For the adventurous, there’s Landmark Forest Adventure Park at Carrbridge and TreeZone in Coylumbridge or even White Water Rafting!
Special Annual Events
Highland Games. The second Saturday of August sees our local Abernethy Highland Games in Nethy Bridge. Friendly, Family Friendly. Take part or just enjoy the spectacle.
Thunder in the Glens. August Bank Holiday sees the arrival in the area of several thousand Harley Davidson bikes & bikers.
Motor Mania in Grantown-on-Spey, just 3 miles away in early September gives the chance to see hundreds of classic cars each year.
Go Birding in the Abernethy Forest, there are several iconic species to spot – Capercaillie; Scottish Crossbill; Crested Tit; maybe hope to see a Pine Marten or even more unlikely, a Scottish Wildcat! There is always the TwinFlower & Creeping Ladies Tresses to enjoy in late June to July. Scotch Argus Butterfly? – we see them. On a rising tide you may be lucky to see the resident Dolphins on the Moray Firth.
The area is rich in History. Across from Auchendean you may be able to spot Nethy Bridge’s Castle Roy where you can buy a Square Yard of the castle to help preserve it. There are many other magnificent castles too – Ballindalloch, Brodie & Cawdor amongst them. One of the most visited in Scotland is Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness. Then there is the Culloden Battlefield and adjacent, spectacular, stone-age Clava Cairns. The formidable Fort George is still an active barracks but the site is operated by Historic Environment Scotland giving the public access.
Maybe take a trip to the vast sandy Beaches of the Moray Firth or to the must-see Loch Ness. If that sounds Monster-ous then perhaps take the Funicular Railway up to the top station of Cairngorm Mountain for a mountain experience with stupendous views on a clear day. Maybe have lunch there?
North Coast 500 – fancy a trip around the north of Scotland? Auchendean is perfect to start and end a fantastic journey.
A session of White Water Rafting on the nearby River Findhorn will blow the cobwebs away!
It would be good to say they don’t happen but when they do – try Grantown Museum; browse the independent shops in Grantown High Street or take a trip – maybe with lunch? – on the Strathspey Steam Railway. The various castles (see links above in Car Trips) around are a good option too, not to mention all the Speyside Malt Whisky Distilleries and Speyside Cooperage…
Well, some folk like shopping and Grantown-on-Spey High Street is full of interesting, independent local shops, cafes and restaurants run by the owners.