Suggested Walks

Anagach Wood

Turn left out of the Grant Arms Hotel and walk to the end of the first row of shops. Follow signposts to River Spey & Anagach Woods an enter the woods at Forest Road beside the Golf Course. The notice board gives information on way-marked walks showing three main routes of varying lengths.  You can also access Anagach Woods by crossing the Golf Course (Club House side) or via Poorhouse Woods to the north, where there is a small car park. 

The woods, totalling approx. 1000 acres, were planted in 1766 when the town first became established - the trees grown from seed collected from the ancient Caledonian woods of Abernethy. The woods are now owned and managed by the community of Grantown via Anagach Woods Trust and are an important conservation area.

What you can see:

Crested Tit, Roe Deer, Red Squirrel, Scottish Crossbill, Woodcock, Great Spotted Woodpecker, and Capercaillie, amongst other species. Along the River Spey you may also see the likes of Goldeneye, Grey Heron, Dipper, Otter and Goosander.

Anagach Woods Trail Maps are available in the BWWC Club Room for 50p (proceeds to help maintain paths in the woods).  For more information you could visit: www.anagachwoods.org.uk

Revack Highland Estate

Situated about 2 miles from Grantown's town centre, Revack Estate was built in 1860 to provide shooting facilities for wealthy Victorians and revenue for the Laird and his tenants.  It's now a fabulous place to enjoy some refreshments in the Cafe, a browse in the Gift Shop or a walk along one of the surrounding trails (maps available from the gift shop).

What you can see:

The wetter areas provide nesting for Oystercatchers, Lapwing, Skylark & Curlew, and hunting grounds for Buzzard and Peregrine. To the west and south is partly open moorland/Scots Pine forest - perfect the habitat for Red Squirrel, Roe Deer, Crossbill and Crested Tit.

Viewpoint Walk

From the Grant Arms Hotel, go across The Square towards Bank of Scotland and the Co-op and turn right up Seafield Avenue.  Follow this road until you reach the Caravan Park, where you need to bear left under the old railway bridge. Turn right up the slope to the old railway line and follow the signs for 'Viewpoint Walk' to left.  The path to the viewpoint is a steep, bracken covered hillside, leading to open moorland, where sheep graze summer and winter. At the top, on a clear day, stunning views of the Cairngorm Mountains Range and the Lairig Ghru Pass to Braemar, the Cromdale Hills and Ben Rinnes can be enjoyed.

What you can see:

Buzzards, Roe Deer, Red Squirrels and Great Spotted Woodpecker, amongst others.  Woodcock are often seen rising suddenly out of the undergrowth when startled, before disappearing through the trees with their zig-zag flight.

The Dava Way

The old Highland Railway Line travels from Grantown to Forres for a distance of 23miles.  It is now known as The Dava Way, a long distance foot and cycle path across the county of Moray. It links the Cairngorms National Park with the Moray Firth coast, crossing the beautiful Dava Moor.  On a clear day there are views to the north across the Moray First as far as Sutherland.

What you can see:

Red Squirrel and Roe Deer through the woodland areas, Red Deer and Red Grouse across the moors.  Look out for Black Grouse where woodland meets moorland, as well as Common Sandpipers and Red & Black-throated Divers on lochs in summertime.

Abernethy Forest

Abernethy Forest is the largest native Scots Pine wood in Britain, extending to 53 square miles. It is renowned for being home to an abundance of birds and wildlife, with more than 4100 species of animals and plants recorded!

Within the forest is the RSPB Loch Garten Osprey Centre, open from April until the end of August (with Caperwatch running 1st April-mid May).

What you can see:

Red Squirrels, Capercaille, Osprey, Crested Tit, Scottish & Common Crossbills, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Siskin and many other woodland species.

The River Spey

The Old Spey Bridge was built in 1754 as the main access point across the River Spey into Grantown.  It was replaced by the new bridge in 1931. Now home to a footpath and part of the Speyside Way long distance walking route, the Old Spey Bridge is a great place to look for wildlife.

What you can see:

Dipper, Grey Heron, Goldeneye, Common Sandpiper, Otter, Grey & Pied Wagtail, Mallard, Oystercatcher and sometimes Terns and Osprey fishing during summertime.

Loch Garten & Loch Mallachie

Loch Garten is probably best known for the RSPB Osprey Centre, open from April through to the end of August. There is an excellent trail (from the RSPB car park just along the road from the Osprey Centre), which takes walkers through Abernethy Forest, with views of both Loch Garten and the smaller Loch Mallachie.  Loch Garten is the ancestral home of the Osprey in Scotland. The Osprey Centre, set amongst the rare native Caledonian Pine trees of Abernethy Forest, overlooks the nest of these spectacular fish-eating birds of prey. A combination of binoculars, telescopes, CCTV cameras and expert staff help you enjoy the antics!

What you can see:
Osprey, Redstart, Goldeneye, Wigeon, Goosander, Crested Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Crossbill, Siskin and Otter, amongst a variety of other species.

Loch an Eilein

Loch an Eilein is situated just outside Aviemore within the Rotheimurchus Estate. The name Loch an Eilein comes from the gaelic 'loch of the island'. The loch's island is home to the ruins of the castle - once a stronghold of the Wolf of Badenoch. The round-loch walk through attractive habitat is beautiful and takes approx. 2hours. Rothiemurchus Estate maintain a car park at the end of the minor road to the loch - there is a small parking charge here but this entitles you to a map of this and other Rothiemurchus Estate walks.  Behind the wooden booth where the car park attendant sits, there are several bird feeders which regularly attract Crested Tits, amongst other birds.

What you can see:

Crested Tit, Crossbill, Redstart, Wood Warbler, Tree Pipit, Red Squirrel, Roe Deer and many other woodland species.

Glenmore Forest Park

Following one of the many forest trails in Glenmore Forest Park is a great way to enjoy the spectacular scenery and abundance of wildlife.  A walk around Loch Morlich will give spectacular panoramic views of the Cairngorms from the shores.  There are a variety of trails that lead you through the forest too, ranging from a short all-abilities trail to longer walks such as the beautiful Ryvoan Trail at 4.5miles.

What you can see:

Red Squirrel, Crested Tit, Scottish Crossbill, Osprey, Sand Martin, Red Deer - look out for soaring Golden Eagles overhead too!

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