We stayed here for 5 night on a Birdwatching Magazine break at the end of October 2012. The accommodation was very good (slightly small bedroom being the only very minor negative point) the service and food excellent (faultless). The best thing for wildlife enthusiast though is the Bird Club and facilities centred in the hotel. There is a bird watching Club Room with events on every evening we were there, including briefings on sightings, wildlife films and talks. There is a great wildlife library and a large number of free leaflets for reasonably local bird sites plus books, maps etc for sale.
The location is superb for birding, with the Cairngorms (ptarmigan and snow bunting), Loch Garten, Rspb Insh Marshes, Findhorn Valley (the valley of the raptors) and Burghead on the coast all places that are well worth a visit.
In summary, a highly recommended hotel and location for birding.
- 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