Robert Burns, when he visited Castle Grant in 1767 described Strathspey as “Rich and Romantic”. A later poet, Alexander Christie, wrote in 1852 of the “Majestic Spey, romantic river, I hail thy woods to walk among,”.
Much later E. J.Roberts wrote of the “matchless panorama” from Ben Rinnes to the Cairngorms”.
This mixture of river, forest and mountain; Walter Scott’s, “Land of brown heath and shaggy wood, Land of the mountain and the flood” makes Strathspey, “the Elysium of all who love and appreciate natural grandeur, [and] salubrious health giving air,” (1930′s guide book).
It is a land filled with wild life; in the water, on land and in the air. It is a land which shaped the settlements and formed the character of its people.
In the heart of this natural paradise lies Grantown, the capital of Strathspey and these qualities of the environment are celebrated in the Grantown 250 festival.
Grantown’s built environment is also worthy of more than just a brief glance. In order to highlight this in the year of innovation, architecture and planning a photographic competition has been organised to feature Grantown Architecture.
For information on the photographic competition see News pages.