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Grantown on Spey emerges as Scottish property hot spot

In particular, the Spey valley, around Grantown on Spey, situated in north east Scotland, in the centre of the Highlands, has been a popular area for many years with demand at the top end of the property market remaining strong.   
Grantown is a traditional Highland town on the River Spey in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park, offering tranquil living in some of the most unspoilt countryside that Scotland has to offer. The area boasts an abundance of outdoor activities including excellent salmon fishing on the world famous River Spey, hill walking, golfing and skiing with Scotland’s top ski areas at Cairngorm Mountain and The Lecht within close proximity.
This part of the Spey valley has a number of attractive, large detached houses offering fantastic accommodation and more often than not with great private grounds, and it’s this level of property, combined with the beautiful countryside that CKD Galbraith believes is underpinning its attraction to those seeking their rural idyll.
The Register of Scotland quarterly report for the second quarter of 2011 states that the volume of detached house sales in the Highlands rose by 34.6% over this period compared to the previous quarter. The average residential property price in the Highlands rose by 3.4% for the same period, with the volume of residential sales increasing by 23.4% and the value of sales rising by 27.6%.
As a firm, CKD Galbraith has experienced a lot of activity in the residential sector with a number of notable sales in this area and a number of new properties coming to the market.
Top quality property in this area continues to attract a healthy level of interest and is selling well with recent sales by CKD Galbraith including Strathtulchan, a beautiful baronial-style country house set in the heart of the famous Tulchan estate.
‘This area in Speyside, around Grantown on Spey is arguably one of the most stunning and unsurpassed locations to live in the UK and with the current market, offers a great opportunities to buy. Our advice to those looking to move to the area is to take full advantage of current market conditions and not wait for the market to fall further as we believe in this area the reverse might well happen,’ said John Bound, partner of CKD Galbraith.