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Parkburn welcomes Bikers 
We often have motor bike visitors to Parkburn.They come from Holland, Belgium, Germany as well as from other parts of Britain.Their tours take in the glens towards Braemar, Glenshee,Spean Bridge, Fort Wiliam,Skye, Thurso and many other scenic routes.

Joy and Stewart Mowatt August 2009

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Harley Davidson Bikes in Grantown 
On Saturday 29th August ' Thunder in the Glens' arrived in Grantown
The Dunedin Chapter of Harley-Davidson Owners meet annually in Aviemore. This meeting attracts thousands of Harley bikers from all over Europe and beyond. Over the last five years the Harley-Davidson bikers have accepted an invitation to come to Grantown...........which they do in style.
2000+ bikers arrived in a long convoy, roaring and blowing horns as spectators waved their welcome. The Square and High Street were lined with Harleys of every description, all shining and looking magnificent. There were stalls,music and entertaiment for everyone to enjoy.
It was a wonderful experience and hopefully they will return next year 2010.

The arrival
The bikes
Parked up
Scottish bikers
quick link to Press and Journal Report

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Grantown accommodation - Parkburn 
Although autumn has not arrived yet.....I thought you might like a reminder of last year's wonderful autumn show.
Allan and I would be delighted to look after you should you decide to come and see the beautiful landscapes for yourselves.

The rowans ( mountain ash ) trees are spectacular in September.

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Grants at Parkburn 

Mr Duncan Grant (wearing Ancient Grant tartan) and his son James ( tartan- Ancient Hunting Grant) both stayed at Parkburn while attending the Clan Grant Gathering at Abernethy Games. Next year, in 2010, there will be an International Clan Grant Gathering at Nethy Bridge when people from all over the world will meet to celebrate their special identity with the Grant Clan. A group of Cherokee Indians with Grant connections are hoping to attend !! Everyone, participants and visitors are assured of a wonderful welcome and a day to remember.

quick link to Clan Grant website

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Salmon Fishing 

Parkburn has many guests who enjoy fishing the world famous River Spey.
We have a spacious garage where rods and tackle can be
stored safely ( at fiherman's own risk ).Also we have adequate freezer space to store any catches.
Information can be found at Mortimers Fishing Tackle Shop in Grantown and the website for Spey Fishing.
( More information in entries on right of this column at the top )
quick link to Mortimers

quick link to fishing Spey website

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Grant Park / Kylintra Park 
Adjacent to Parkurn is Grant Park. This has well tended shrubs and pleasant benches in the sun. Dogs are excluded from this area. There is plenty of grass for picnics and games of football.
benches new sign

Kylintra Meadows have been intentionally left to develop naturally.They are only mown once in the autumn.Many species of flora and fauna are allowed to flourish to full maturity (even the nettles,brambles and dockens).. A few wild orchids have been seen. It is illegal to pick or remove these protected plants.
A new path has been laid to suppliment the existing paths. All are well worth investigating in all weathers and seasons.

new paths

cyclists walkers

bridge glade

The Pond is another place of interest. As well as the bird life the sheer beauty of the water and surrounding trees makes many people stop to ponder.

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Owl Wood Carving at Parkburn 
Many people admire the Owl Wood Carving we have in the front garden at Parkburn. It was created by Iain Chalmers at the annual Chainsaw Carving Competition at Carrbridge near Grantown on Spey.
Many wood carvers from overseas and nationally take part. The spectators also take part by voting for their favourite carving by placing a metal disc in a bucket. After the prize giving the carvings are put up for auction to the highest bidder. This is a wonderful day out for all the family.
Iain Chalmers has his own website and takes commissions for garden furniture, stand alone carvings, tables, chairs, ornaments, etc.
quick link to Iain Chalmer's website.

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Geocaching in Speyside 
There are many Geocaching Sites in Speyside and near Parkburn Guest House. This activity takes you to many areas and places you might not otherwise visit.All ages can take part and children love the feeling of adventure.There are often coded hints for them to decipher which help you to find the caches.Not every search is successful!
Geocaching is worldwide and through the website you can learn the technique, get information, keep a record of your finds,get in touch with other geocachers and watch a geocache you have secreted! All for free.
Have a go
quick link to Geocaching Website

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The Cairngorm Reindeer Herd 
Wild reindeer near Cairngorm
A good visit while you stay at Parkburn is the Cairngorn Reindeer Centre at Glenmore. Join the 'reindeer herder' out on the hillside.
These quiet friendly animals are a delight to experience. You can even take a 1/2 day trek across the open countryside.
At Christmas time the reindeer visit Grantown to pull Santa Claus through the town.Santa is followed by walkers, many holding flaming torches. Afterwards there is a carol singsong and refreshments to finish off the evening.

Reindeer roaming the Scottish hillsides

quick link to Reindeer Centre

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