Grantown on Spey
This genteel Georgian holiday town is 15 miles northeast of Aviemore and attracts the more mature tourist by the coach-load.
Everything here is geared towards fishing, and anyone wishing to get kitted out in proper style should get themselves down to either Mortimers or Ritchies on the High Street.
The Tourist Information Centre, Tel. 01479 872773, is also here, open April to October daily 0900-1800.
Phone code: +44 (0)1479 Population: 3,250
Grantown on Spey Hotels & Accommodation
Situated in the beautiful wooded south side, and on possibly the quietest street in Grantown, this attractive Victorian guesthouse is a perfect base for exploring Strathspey and Badenoch, Monarch of the Glen Country, the Moray Coast and the Scottish Highlands.
Garth Hotel, Castle Road. A charming characterful 17th century hotel, formally an inn. Friendly, helpful staff and good food. Recommended.
There are lots of other very good guesthouses and B&Bs to choose from, as well as the Speyside Backpackers, Tel. 873514, an independent hostel, also known as The Stop-Over, at 16 The Square.