Things to do in and around, Boat Of Garten in the Cairngorms

Things to do in and around, Boat Of Garten in the Cairngorms

by Scottish Tourer October 06, 2022

Nestled in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park this peaceful little village has so much to offer our customers of Scottish Tourer. The village itself lies next to the magnificent River Spey and has some of the most outstanding scenery and natural beauty Scotland has to offer. Here there is wildlife a plenty, walking, cycling, trains, food stops, golfing and the newly built bike pump track which is a huge asset to the community and tells a lot about the community itself in that they all come together, finding yourself in a home from home. 


What is there to see or do?

  • Abernethy Forest RSPB reserve on the shore of Loch Garten is truly remarkable. Here between around April to August many visitors can see the famous Ospreys in their nest, you may even be lucky to see their offspring if you time it right. You can also often catch a glimpse of some Capercaillie and tick these off you bucket list.  This is a place of utter beauty and has been described as a mosaic of ancient Caledonian Pinewood.  There is a lovely information centre located here which is open throughout the summer months. Here you can do lots of learning, exploring and sharing memories with those you travel with.
  • Scot Mountain Holidays are a small family run business who offer guided and self guided itineraries for both hiking and mountain biking. These are really special as they are all personally tailored to suit and meet your criteria and hopes. Andy himself has an array of invaluable information on wildlife and hiking that is really something truly unique and bespoke. Why not try something new or extend your knowledge on your holiday here. You can find more information on this business here Scot Mountain Holidays, Boat of Garten – Walking | VisitScotland
  • Woodland wheels pump track is a simply amazing community effort located in Boat of Garten. This really shows what a community can achieve It was built by the internationally renowned specialists Velosolutions. This is a great way to burn off energy, improve bike skills and make those important memories. There is so much to do for both adults and children alike so all ages can have a go at this. There are handy tips for techniques, flood lights and its super easy to find. We have found the best place to park is at the community centre and then it is a very short cycle to the track which is located in the middle of the woods. There are some lovely tracks to walk or cycle in through the woods also if you feel the track itself is to intense. There are lovely benches to sit on and handy hooks for bags jackets and helmets.

Woodland wheels Pump Track

  • Boat of Garten Golf and Tennis Club, was designed by James Braid and is a true test of sporting skill but it is also a lovely setting for the game and your day out. This course has 18 holes which winds its way through the trees, heather and the landscape of Boat of Garten itself. The course itself is a must for any avid golfing fan and although not the longest course it is a challenge for beginners or experts alike. The Clubhouse has some outstanding views and the catering is first class. The Tennis courts here have recently been upgraded and are available to visitors for an alternative to golf if half your party wishes to golf and the other play tennis. Ensures everyone gets something they enjoy and you can enjoy the fresh highland air.
  • No trip to the Cairngorms for us is complete without a trip to the Strathspey railway, here you can choose a variety of options of travel. You can opt for a simple journey, afternoon tea, dining options, or first class travel. Here you depart from Aviemore and you can travel to Boat of Garten, then onto Broomhill Station to finish off your trip for the day. Here you gain a beautiful view of the landscapes, hills and forestry. Strathspey Railway Boat of Garten ( Help keep this alive by spending time here with the railway, all money raised from the sales of tickets and within the shop go directly back into preserving the railway and making the experience as enjoyable as possible. Our children love the whole experience and the staff are always very friendly with outstanding food served at afternoon tea.

Strathspey Steam Railway

  •  Although Boat of Garten is a small location, there is so much to see, do and enjoy here for a day or two on your trip in Scotland. We thoroughly enjoy this area every time we visit and the community here are friendly approachable and really want to ensure you enjoy their village. There are some little local shops here and a small pharmacy. There is a small playpark located at the community centre which is well maintained, clean and has lots of parking. Its a lovely central base for you to park up for the day as everything is within walking or cycling distance. To book you next holiday please get in touch as we have availability in the October Holidays.


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