Grantown: A Wee bit of History

Grantown-On-Spey Ariel View

Grantown lies at the very heart of the Scottish Highlands and is home to The Clan Grant, a perfect base for exploring the Scottish Highlands truly rich in heritage and natural environment.

Grantown on Spey is considered to be one of Scotland’s finest planned towns the product of the Scottish Age of Enlightenment.  In its special way tells of the birth of the modern Highlands a story that flows from the Jacobite rebellions and their aftermath and highlights the responses to the problems of Highland famine and poverty in the late 18th century. It is a tale of vision and vitality, skill and courage, passion, poverty and perseverance, reaching far beyond the bounds of Strathspey. Please consider a visit to the Grantown on Spey Museum, Burnfield Avenue, Grantown-on-Spey PH26 3HH which is also our tourist office for travellers and day visitors.

Various rural industries came to Grantown on Spey particularly the weaving of linen so the population grew to 435 by 1801.  However, the Grantown Linen Company soon failed as did the Woollen Manufactory which employed 42 people. As Grantown on Spey grew so did the number of merchants. In the earliest days trade came from travelling packmen as the foundation of the town businesses were established around its open marketplace. By 1800 Grantown on Spey was a “thriving populous Village. The founder said, “has great pleasure to see it in a thriving Situation full of Merchants, Weavers, Smiths, Carpenters, Shoemakers, Taylors, Coopers, Bakers.”   1861 the population was 1334 and 2nd only to Inverness itself.

The benefits of staying in Grantown on Spey for us are easy to see and enjoy for visitors we ask you to consider our location and then all around us looking at the complete view 360 from Grantown as Moray Coast; Speyside Whisky Region, Cairngorms National Park; Land of the 7 Lochs and Inverness are all within easy reach.  Remember to relax and enjoy the location.

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