We stayed 3 nights to break our journey home from the Orkneys to the south east, having booked through the "Bird Watching & Wildlife Club" (BWWC) arm of the hotel. Although we are most deinitely 'wildlife enthusiasts', our birding skills are weak and I was apprehensive that we would find the hotel full of rampant twitchers. This was far from the case however and other 'wildlife visitors' whom we met were friendly and helpful. In fact, the hotel's wildlife focus has to be heavily supported by accommodating touring coach parties and causal visitors. Two large coach parties passed through during our short stay, but caused us no problems whatsoever.
During the season at least the hotel employs full-time wildlife advisors who provide a wealth of information about local wildlife sightings, hot-spots and trends. They will also organise and book related activities for residents if requested. We were very well looked-after by Katie. The hotel sports a splendid wildlife clubroom which contains an excellent library and a massive amount of information about a diverse range of wildlife viewing opportunities in the region. There is also a sightings board to which residents are encouraged to contribute each evening. Given that we only had two days at our disposal, I cannot emphasise enough how much this information maximised the enjoyment of our flying visit to the Cairngorms. Evening lectures and talks are also sometimes arranged. The hotel 'ranger' also offers a free guided walk around the local Anagach Woods which we found extremely worthwhile.
We dined at the hotel each night although there are other options in the town and vicinity. The restaurant is quite large but airy. The staff were very attentive and the food and service were both good. The hotel Wifi signal was reliable throughout our stay. The hotel is well appointed, very clean and tidy. The front desk staff are very welcoming. Our room in the new wing was well-appointed and spacious, but a trifle too warm, although the windows could be opened. It felt like we were positioned above the boiler room. Perhaps we were!
We will most definitely stay at the Grant Arms again. It even makes a special trip to the Cairngorms worthwhile!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Warm Welcome awaits you the Grant Arms Hotel (3*** GOLD VisitScotland Award), The UK's Wildlife Hotel, which was built in 1765. Former famous visitors include both Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II. Refurbished to a High Standard of comfort and service, all rooms are ensuite with tea and coffee making facilities, TV, hairdryer and toiletries. The Grant Arms Hotel is proud to be the base of the BWWC (BirdWatching and Wildlife Club). The BWWC's Club Room, Natural History Library, Walks, Talks and Wildlife Briefings are free to all Grant Arms Guests. Experience a holiday in the Scottish Highlands, the perfect combination of mountain scenery, ancient buildings and mysterious lochs. Visit Aviemore; Cairngorms mountains, Inverness; Loch Ness; the Moray Firth; and Royal Deeside. Follow the trails of castles, gardens and distilleries, or play golf at the numerous courses found nearby, including the Grantown-on-Spey 18-hole course. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grant Arms Hotel Grantown-On-Spey, Scotland