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What to See and Do in Boat of Garten and the Cairngorms

The beautiful Highland village of Boat of Garten less than one mile from Chapelton Cottage, is where you will find the local shop and post office, bike hire, restaurant and hotel. Well stocked supermarkets, many pubs and restaurants and railway station are less than 6 miles away in Aviemore.

Boat of Garten, a peaceful Highland village, is set amongst heather clad hills and native woodland. With abundant wildlife in magnificent scenery Boat of Garten and the surrounding area offers numerous activities to keep you and your family entertained during your holiday.

Lying adjacent to the mighty River Spey in the Cairngorms National Park, Boat of Garten lies in an area of outstanding natural beauty, centrally located in the Highlands of Scotland. The perfect place from which to explore the Highlands or simply unwind.

The Cottage is a great base for outdoor people, with activities for all levels of experience. You can also choose from climbing, walking, bird watching, horse riding, biking, skiing, golfing, fishing, rafting, canoeing and sailing, and much more. Here is a snapshot of what is on offer:

Cairngorm Mountain

Cairngorm Mountain which you can see from the farm road beside the cottage is Scotland’s most popular ski centre. You can visit the mountain  whatever the time of year and enjoy the activities on offer there including skiing, snowboarding, tubing, walking to the summit which is only 400m from the top station via the funicular railway


Some of Scotland’s most beautiful and challenging golf courses are within a short drive with Boat of Garten Golf Club, “the Gleneagles of the North”,  about 3 minutes drive away whilst the championship course, Spey Valley, is on the north side of Aviemore where you will get fantastic views of the Cairngorms from all of the holes.  In addition there are great courses at Grantown on Spey and the scenic 9 hole courses at Nethy Bridge and Carrbridge.

Landmark Forest Adventure Park

A favourite for kids and lots of adults is Landmark Forest Adventure Park in Carrbridge is superb for kids (8 miles).You can sky dive, ride a timber rollercoaster, slide down at speed the water slides, high tree adventure and much more.


Rothiemurchus ( https://rothiemurchus.net ) offers a whole host of exciting outdoor activities. Some that can be enjoyed with your two feet firmly planted on the floor, such as; Archery, Wildlife Photography. However, for those that enjoy something slightly more exhilarating a few feet above the land, there is pony trekking, or quad bike trekking, woodland safari tours to name but a few

Craggan Outdoors

Craggan Outdoors offers a huge range of outdoor activities for all ages and abilities (5 miles).


Tennis courts can be hired at Boat of Garten Golf and Tennis Club (2 miles away)

Speyside Whisky Trail

Speyside Whisky Trail starting at Grantown on Spey is the world’s ultimate Scotch experience where you can visit the brands you love, discover the secrets of malt whisky country.

Loch Garten Nature Centre

Nestled in Abernethy, the Loch Garten Nature Centre  is the perfect spot to experience an ancient Caledonian forest, watch the birds, red squirrels and ospreys in the amazing forest.