In and Around Grantown on Spey: Great Day Trips for Visitors

Welcome to Grantown on Spey! If you’re looking to venture beyond the town’s high streets and byways to discover even more of the natural beauty and rich heritage of the Scottish Highlands, you’re in the right place. The Ben Mhor Hotel offers a great base from which to explore some of our best-loved visitor attractions. Here are some exciting day trip ideas to make the most of your stay with us.

Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle

Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle

Distance from Grantown on Spey: Approximately 1 hour.

Embark on a legendary journey to Loch Ness, home of the infamous Loch Ness Monster. Along the way, stop off at Urquhart Castle to learn more about Scotland’s turbulent past. Highlights include:

Loch Ness Boat Cruise: Cruise the dark waters of Loch Ness aboard a boat tour, keeping an eye out for Nessie.

Urquhart Castle: Explore the ruins of this medieval fortress, which sits dramatically on the shores of Loch Ness, and uncover its fascinating history.

Red Deer

Highland Wildlife Park

Distance from Grantown on Spey: Approximately 35 minutes.

The Highland Wildlife Park near Kingussie is a great place to visit for all ages. This expansive park is home to a diverse array of native Scottish species, including red deer, Scottish wildcats, and the iconic Highland cow. Visitors can:

Safari Drive: Drive through the park’s open enclosures to observe animals in their natural habitat, not something that you can do everyday!

Walking Trails: Explore on foot and encounter elusive creatures like European bison and Arctic foxes.

Isle of Skye

Isle of Skye

Distance from Grantown on Spey: Approximately 3 hours.

While a bit further afield, a day trip to the Isle of Skye is more than worth the journey. Cross the iconic Skye Bridge and explore this captivating island, known for its breathtaking landscapes, rugged coastline, and medieval castles. Highlights include the otherworldly rock formations of the Quiraing, the fairy pools of Glen Brittle, and the fishing village of Portree.

Culloden Battlefield

Culloden Battlefield

Distance from Grantown on Spey: Approximately 45 minutes.

History buffs take note! Step back in time at Culloden Battlefield, the site of the final confrontation of the Jacobite Rising in 1746. Explore the interactive visitor centre to learn about the events leading up to the battle and its aftermath. Take a walk around the battlefield itself, where the fate of Scotland was decided, and pay your respects at the clan gravesites.

These destinations offer a wide range of experiences, from exploring historic sites and charming towns to cruising along beloved lochs and venturing into the wild beauty of the Scottish Highlands. Whether you’re interested in history, nature, or simply absorbing breathtaking scenery, there’s plenty to discover within a short drive of the Ben Mhor Hotel, in the centre Grantown on Spey.

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