This was our fourth visit to this wonderful hotel - our first with close friends, and also our first time in the winter months. If you are undecided whether to visit during the winter - then dither no more! We decided to take a walk in the local Anagach Woods on arrival and within the first hour we had seen a crested tit, treecreeper and red squirrels.
The next day we enjoyed a local walk with John, a local guide and part of the BWWC team. We had not explored that part of the area before and we saw dipper, great spotted woodpecker & more squirrels with him in the morning, then in the afternoon we met him again at Burghead where we saw red breasted merganser, gannet, eiders, turnstone, red shank and long tailed duck – a first for me! All part of the service! In the evening we visited the Speyside Wildlife Hide and saw a badger, three mice and the object of desire…… a pine marten – also another first for me. What a day!
The next day found us in the Findhorn Valley and within a minute of parking we viewed a golden eagle, female hen harrier, buzzards and had a very close encounter with a red kite. We spotted red deer on the hillside as well as the local feral mountain goats.
Add to that the warm welcome, fantastic staff and comfort of this lovely hotel and you have a wonderful recipe for chilling and opting out of all the mayhem that pre Christmas can bring. We feel thoroughly relaxed and ready to face Christmas now.
Thanks to David and his team of helpful, friendly staff. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and very best wishes for 2014 when we will be back for sure!
- 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