Boat of Garten holiday cottages in Inverness-shire are perfectly located for exploring the Highlands’ soaring mountains, shimmering lochs and sweeping heathland. This sleepy village is located in the heart of the remote Cairngorms National Park, surrounded by heather-clad hills and ancient woods. It lies on the banks of the River Spey, in Badenoch and Strathspey, between Aviemore and Grantown-on-Spey. Boat of Garten is popular among golfers, with a superb 18-hole course in a stunning setting, designed by James Braid. Fishing in the Spey is also popular, while peaceful woodland walks offer wonderful views of the Cairngorms and the chance to spot rare wildlife, including eagles. There’s an abundance of good walking and cycling routes, including the Sustrans cycle route and the Speyside Way, which meet in the centre of the village. Nearby, the Abernethy Forest RSPB Reserve lies on the shore of Loch Garten, and is famous for its ospreys and capercaillie.

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In the centre of Boat of Garten, you will find a post office, a grocery and a handful of good places to eat and drink, including Andersons on Deshar Road, where you can enjoy traditional Scottish cuisine, prepared with the best seasonal ingredients from the surrounding countryside. A few doors away, 1896 is a gallery and café with good coffee, exhibitions of local photographers, crafts and jewellery. The Boat is also a good option with great food and more than 50 whiskies, including a selection of local favourites. As you explore the village from your holiday cottage in Boat of Garten, you will notice a number of historic landmarks, including St Columba’s Church and a lovely community garden next to Station Square.