Trail 1: Killiecrankie to Grantown-on-Spey
The road from Killiecrankie to Grantown-on-Spey is as varied as it is spectacular. Travel north past the iconic Blair Castle, and over the stark and spectacular Drumochter Summit towards the famous Dalwhinnie Distillery. Keep following the A9 with Laggan and Newtonmore to the west, with their backdrop of the Monadhliath Mountains. Nearby Kingussie is a paradise for outdoor activities and only a short drive brings you to Aviemore, a great base for exploring the area and home to a wide range of pursuits for visitors of all ages. The villages of Boat of Garten, Carrbridge and Nethy Bridge are on the way to the historic town of Grantown-on-Spey and all have a unique charm. All of this makes the area a unique all year round place to visit.
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Killiecrankie - Killiecrankie lies at the Pass of Killiecrankie, by the River Garry. Find out more about the area’s outstanding beauty and natural history at the Killiecrankie visitor centre.
Blair Atholl - Blair Atholl, the Southern gateway to the Cairngorms National Park, is steeped in history. Renowned for its local heritage and scenery the rugged terrain is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts.
Newtonmore - Newtonmore offers the visitor an excellent selection of friendly places to stay, open spaces to enjoy and boatss two museums of its own including the interactive Highland Folk Museum.
Kingussie – Kingussie is a paradise for outdoor activities with dramatic scenery, warm Highland hospitality and a host of attractions including the Highland Wildlife Park.
Aviemore - Aviemore is a perfect base for enjoying a range of activities: cycling, family attractions, resorts, local estates and forest walks.
Carrbridge – Carrbridge, a lively Highland village, is home to the much loved Landmark Forest Adventure Park, and hosts a range of events including the World Porridge Making Championship and Carve Carrbridge.
Boat of Garten - Boat of Garten is set amongst heather clad hills and is home to forest walks, the famous James Braid Golf Course, Loch Garten Reserve and the Strathspey Steam Railway.
Nethy Bridge - Nethy Bridge has been a holiday destination since Victorian times, and boasts easy access to a vast range of activities while remaining a haven of tranquillity.
Dulnain Bridge - Dulnain Bridge is centred around an 18th century bridge over the River Dulnain. Steam trains from Aviemore terminate at Broomhill Station, on the outskirts of the village.
Grantown-on-Spey - The historic town of Grantown-on-Spey sits on the banks of the River Spey and is surrounded by ancient woodlands with unique habitat for a wide variety of wildlife.