2017 Convention


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.

A booking form for the event can be found here. If you plan to enter the Competition, the entry form can be found here.

In the meantime, if you do have any early queries on the event, including the travel options, please contact our President at karensearle28@btinternet.com

The hotel dates from Victorian times and has a lot of character. It also has quite a few stairs! However, it does also have a lift and a limited number of rooms have entirely stair free access, with some having walk in showers suitable for those with disabilities. These can be allocated on a first come - first served basis on request. Just note any such requirements when you send your booking in to Karen. More information on the hotel can be found at www.grantarmshotel.com



Wednesday 4th October

PM Welcome tea and coffee
EVENING Display by David Hobden –
"In Defence of the Border – Canadian Military Mails 1667 – 1885"
Ladies informal get together
LATER Informal Bourse and Auction Viewing

Thursday 5th October

Very early AM Birding walk for those interested (weather permitting)

AM Executive Committee Meeting
Member's Displays – up to 18 sheets and up to 5 minutes presentation
PM Trip on the Strathspey Steam Railway and onward to Cairngorm Mountain base station.
EVENING Display by Jim Bissett – "Canada Air Mail 1925 – 1945" followed by
Display by Graham Searle - "Large Queen Postal History" - featuring material from the Camellia PLC collection
Ladies meeting with presentation of "A Virtual Walkaround Grantown".
LATER Informal Bourse and Auction Viewing

Friday 6th October

Very early AM Birding walk for those interested (weather permitting)

AM Fellows' Meeting
Committee Meeting
Display by Mike Street – "Peace Issue Rates"
PM Trip to Culloden battlefield.
EVENING Display by Malcolm Montgomery – "The Postal History of the Solent" - as an illustration of British Postal history and parallels in the development of postal services in British North America.
Ladies meeting with presentation on "Cairngorms National Park"
LATER Informal Bourse and Auction Viewing

Saturday 7th October

Very early AM Birding walk for those interested (weather permitting)

AM Annual General Meeting
Competition Entries and Judges' Critique
PM Final Viewing of Auction Lots
EVENING President's Reception
Banquet and Awards Presentation

Sunday 8th October

Farewell after breakfast


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.


From the south:-
Follow your preferred route north as far as Stirling or Perth and then join the A9 which runs north from Stirling via Perth to Inverness.
Approx 80 miles north of Perth (yes you are nearly there!) take the turning for the A95 signposted to Carrbridge,  Grantown  and Elgin and then just follow the signs to Grantown. The hotel is on the main street that runs through the centre of Grantown on the right hand side of the road after the traffic lights.
There is no actual car park at the hotel but there is ample street parking on the slip roads in front the hotel or even on the main road. (No yellow lines this far north!)

From the north, east or west:-
We guess if you are setting out from points east, north or west of Grantown in Scotland you will probably know the way! If not, please contact Karen at karensearle28@btinternet.com

Last updated on 24 July, 2017  
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