Grantown-on-Spey, Nethy Bridge and Boat of Garten

Grantown-on-Spey, Nethy Bridge and Boat of Garten

To the east of Aviemore are the magnificent middle reaches of Strathspey. Here is the capital of the region - the fine old stone-built town of Grantown-on-Spey - as well the very popular villages of Boat of Garten and Nethy Bridge.

The southern part of this area is taken up by the stunning Abernethy Forest - a huge RSPB reserve and the largest surviving remnant of the ancient Caledonian Forest which once covered Scotland. The reserve includes the famous Osprey eyrie and visitor centre at Loch Garten but is home too to many other species, from wildcat to capercaillie, and from crested tits to the ever-popular red squirrels. Abernethy Forest is joined by many other important woodland areas superb for walks including Anagach Woods on the edge of Grantown, and Deshar Woods at Boat of Garten, whilst the mighty River Spey threads a winding course through the region.


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