Learn how Scotland's smooth but complex single malts are produced on a tour of a historic whisky distillery set high in the Cairngorms National Park, and discover what gives each whisky its distinctive characteristics as you linger over several samples.
The Grant Arms Hotel
The Grant Arms Hotel is a Victorian hotel in the heart of Grantown-on-Spey, with a rather grand gray stone façade. Its main focus is on wildlife; the hotel has a wonderful ‘wildlife corridor’ lined with local maps and posters identifying species, which leads to a club room. This is filled with bird and wildlife books, suggested local walks and activities, a sightings board and a room that regularly hosts talks by famous wildlife experts and TV presenters. The 50 bedrooms are a little plain but perfectly comfortable, and the food served in the restaurant is delicious, made from locally sourced ingredients.
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The hotel’s rooms are all furnished in a fairly similar way and differ mainly by size. The decor is fairly simple and every room has basic tea-and coffee-making facilities, an en suite bathroom and a TV. In the standard rooms the furniture is a little more modern, while the superior and four-poster rooms are quite traditionally furnished and overlook the square.
The Grant Arms Hotel is located in Grantown-on-Spey, a small town in the east of the Cairngorms National Park. It’s around a half hour drive to Aviemore and Rothiemurchus, typically the base point for any activities in the Cairngorms, and about 50 minutes to Inverness. Grantown-on-Spey itself is a fairly well established town, with shops, cafes and the odd restaurant of its own.
Food and drink
The hotel has a restaurant that serves breakfast and dinner, concentrating on traditional Scottish cuisine and using local ingredients wherever possible. There’s also a bar, which serves food between 12 noon and 2pm and where complimentary tea and coffee are served after dinner.
Not all the standard rooms can be accessed by lift.
We love this hotel because it’s a fantastic option for wildlife enthusiasts, with resources and knowledgeable staff to help you make the most of your time in the Cairngorms.
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Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Explore the vast Rothiemurchus Estate on a guided tour around ancient Caledonian forest well-known for its wide variety of wildlife. You'll also learn about the history of the estate and the Grant family who have lived here for 450 years.
Improve your photographic skills on a three-hour guided walk through the ancient forests of the Rothiemurchus Estate, a regular filming location for wildlife documentaries. With the help of a professional photographer you'll get up close to many of its rare species.