Festival of Tourism and Transport

 

Grantown has attracted many famous visitors in its time.

Caravan site

Caravan site

It is a list too long to print though its diversity might be inferred from names varying from Charlie Chaplin to Edward Prince of Wales,  from Ernest Shackleton to Marie Corelli, from Saint Columba to Thomas Telford.

All roads lead to Grantown

The roads and bridges designed and built by Telford enhanced the existing network of military roads and estate roads built by Sir James Grant (more indeed than the famous General Wade) which made travel and tourism more attractive in the 18th century and played a part in the popularisation of the Highlands.

G-23Today Grantown stands at the centre of a network of roads which can take tourists easily to Inverness and the Great Glen, Royal Deeside, The Moray Coast and Skye and Lochaber.

Just like the creation of a road network the coming of the railways changed Highland life for ever.

Grantown welcomes visitors from all over the world.

Follow the signs

Grantown is an important rail landmark

Grantown is an important rail landmark

 

Grantown’s tourist accommodation dates back to the earliest days of Grantown. The Ballieward Inn, now a private house, predates Grantown and the Grant Arms has a fascinating story which will be told during the festival.  Many of Grantown’s villas were built to accommodate Victorian visitors and their families.

Cycling through the ages

Cycling was hugely popular in Victorian times as it is now.  Grantown is considered one of the best cycling hubs in the Highlands.  There are many long distance routes, both easy and highly challenging as well as a variety of shorter runs, tracks and trails for bikes of all types and cyclists of all abilities.