Steam Trains and Mountain Railways
To make the most of these attractions you'll need two, perhaps 3 days.
Directions: Take the A939 south from Nairn towards Grantown-on-Spey. The winding road passes through some lovely Highland scenery as it crosses the Dava Moor. In summer the hills are ablaze with purple heather. Once in Grantown you may like to stop for coffee at the Garth Hotel - just on your right as you enter the town. Driving time from Nairn around 25-35mins.
The Grantown Museum is well worth a visit if you'd like to know more about the origins of the town and the Grant family from whom it got its name.
Follow the main road out of town and head towards Aviemore. Look out for signs to Craggan Outdoors - recognised as ‘Best Visitor Attraction’ in the Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards 2012. The wide range of activities includes archery, clay pigeon, climbing/abseiling, golf, gorge walking, high ropes, kayaking, mountain biking, River Spey canoe trips, and a zip wire. All taking place in beautiful Speyside scenery at the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. Might be worth booking a day for a return visit!
Also look for signs to Nethybridge on your left as tucked almost out of site is Broomhill Station - better known as Glenbogle Station from the BBC TV series "Monarch of the Glen". The Strathspey Steam Railway run regular trains from here to Boat of Garten and Aviemore. Leave the car in the car park and step back in time for a leisurely 40 minute journey through lovely scenery to Aviemore. Spend time in Aviemore, perhaps having lunch in the Cairngorm Hotel just across from the Station.
Aviemore is well-known as a Winter ski resort and, in summer, apart from good restaurants and cafes there's not a huge amount to see in the town centre but you may want to come back another day and visit one of the numerous attractions nearby. There is the Reindeer Centre and then on to the Cairngorm Mountain Railway. At the top there are wonderful views and a lovely restaurant. The is also the Rothiemurcas Estate with numerous activities and the Highland Wildlife Park.
But to round this day off, travel back on the train to Broomhill. You may wish to turn left onto the main road as a mile or so down the road is the Speyside Heather Centre, famous for its Clootie Dumpling (boiled fruit cake). The Centre also has a well stocked shop of gifts and Scottish souvenirs. Depending on the time of day you may wish to head back to Nairn for your evening meal or stop of at any of the numerous restaurants you'll pass on the way.