Our 71st Annual Convention will take place between Wednesday 4th October 2017 and Sunday 8th October 2017 at the Grant Arms Hotel in Grantown-on-Spey.
Grantown is a small market town situated in the centre of the UK's largest National Park - the Cairngorms - which lies in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Speyside is also one of the major whisky manufacturing centres in Scotland and well over 20 distilleries lie close by; alongside several championship golf courses and four out of five of the UK's highest mountains.
The Cairngorm National Park is also home to many of the UK's rarest birds and mammals.
Some details on travel options to and from Grantown on Spey are shown below, as is the draft programme for the four days.
In the meantime, if you do have any early queries on the event, including the travel options, please contact our President at firstname.lastname@example.org
DRAFT PROGRAMME FOR THE EVENT
Wednesday 4th October
PM Welcome tea and coffee
Thursday 5th October
AM Executive Committee Meeting
Friday 6th October
AM Fellows' Meeting
Saturday 7th October
AM Annual General Meeting
Sunday 8th October
Farewell after breakfast
TRAVELLING TO AND FROM GRANTOWN ON SPEY
Grantown is the furthest north in the UK we have ever ventured to hold a CPSGB Convention so it does involve a long and rather slow journey for most of us. The benefit is the outstanding scenery both when you arrive and on the way to and from - so enjoy the journey however you plan to travel and add on some days before or after the event to explore the Highlands.
The nearest airport to Grantown is Inverness (some 32 miles distant). This is a UK regional airport and does not have any direct international flights so those coming from North America will need to fly into London and transfer (see below) or into Edinburgh or Glasgow and transfer by rail (see below).
Currently, daily flights to and from Inverness are available from Heathrow (British Airways), Gatwick (Easyjet), London Luton (Easyjet), and Manchester, Birmingham, Dublin and Belfast (all Flybe). In most cases only one or two return trips per day are scheduled but the current London flights will match most incoming transatlantic arrivals.
Taxis are available from Inverness Airport to the hotel (expensive re distance) but if you know your arrival timing let us know to see if we can arrange a pick up for you. Hire cars are also available at the airport. Another option is the bus service from the airport to Inverness (every 20 mins, 30 min journey time, fare approx. £3 then connecting bus to Grantown which will stop outside the hotel (service 34X, every hour, journey time 1 hour 10 mins, fare approx. £5)
The most convenient nearby station is Aviemore. (Carrbridge is technically nearer but not all trains stop there and there is no bus connection).
Trains run to Aviemore from Edinburgh (roughly hourly, approx 3 hour journey time); Glasgow (Queen Street) (roughly hourly, approx 2½ to 2¾ hour journey) and London direct from Kings Cross (currently only one no change service a day leaving London at 1200hrs but several other services available with change of train at Edinburgh Waverley - journey time is approx. 7½ hours).
There is a local bus service from Aviemore (stop right outside the station on other side of road) that will take you to Grantown (stop opposite the hotel - journey time about 30 mins and fare £3). Taxis are also always available at Aviemore Station which is approx. 14 miles from the hotel. If several members are planning to arrive on the London train let us know and we will get the hotel to arrange a mini-bus pick up to meet the train.
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