Scottish Gaelic: Baile nan Granndach

A winter scene in Grantown-on-Spey
 Grantown-on-Spey shown within the Highland council area
Area   Analyser UV02
Population 2,239 
OS grid referenceNJ031276
Council areaHighland
Lieutenancy areaMoray
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post town Grantown-On-Spey
Postcode district PH26
Dialling code 01479
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK ParliamentInverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Scottish ParliamentInverness and Nairn
List of places

Coordinates: 57°19′45″N 3°36′32″W / 57.329293°N 3.608772°W / 57.329293; -3.608772

Grantown-on-Spey (Scottish Gaelic: Baile nan Granndach) is a town in the Highland Council Area, historically within the county of Moray. It was founded in 1765 as a planned settlement on a low plateau at Freuchie beside the river Spey at the northern edge of the Cairngorm mountains, about 20 miles south east of Inverness (35 miles by road).

Originally called simply Grantown after Sir James Grant, on Spey was added by the burgh council in 1898.

The population in 2001 was 2,166.

The town is twinned with Notre-Dame-de-Monts in the Vendée, Pays-de-la-Loire, France, and Grant Town, West Virginia in the United States.

Since 2011, Grantown-on-Spey has been home to Shinty club Strathspey Camanachd.

Visitor Information

There is a small museum located in Burnfield Avenue near one of the town's three free car-parks.

There are a number of churches in the town (none of which have a burial ground):

A church in the High Street (opposite Dunstaffnage Brae) is shared by two congregations :-

There are two local cemeteries, both of which are maintained by the Highland Council:-


Train services: There are no rail services to Grantown. The closest main line stations are Aviemore and Carrbridge from which trains travel North/South between Inverness and the central belt. There is also a station at Forres from which trains run between Inverness and Aberdeen.

The Strathspey Railway is a heritage railway which currently runs between Aviemore and Broomhill (nr Nethy Bridge) via Boat of Garten. There is a proposal to extend this railway to Grantown.

Bus Services: There are several local bus services mainly concentrating on the route to Aviemore but also serving surrounding places. It should be noted that some services operate only on schooldays. There are a few buses that go to the Cairngorm Mountain Railway (a lot more in the winter to get skiers up to the mountain.

Various long distance bus services are available in Aviemore, Elgin and Keith. Current information for bus services of most of the operators is consolidated within the websites of the Moray Council and the Stagecoach group.

Taxi Services. There are several local operators.

Notable people


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