Eight miles northeast of Aviemore is the tiny village of Boat of Garten which suddenly shot to fame when a pair of ospreys, which had disappeared from these shores, reappeared on nearby Loch Garten, two miles east of the village. Now these beautiful birds of prey have established themselves here and elsewhere and there are thought be well over 100 pairs throughout the Highlands.

The Abernethy Forest RSPB Reserve on the shore of Loch Garten is best visited during the nesting season, between late April and August, when the RSPB opens an observation centre. This is the only place in the world to see Scottish crossbills. Info - Daily in season 1000-1800. You can also see ospreys at the Rothiemurchus trout loch at Inverdruie, and maybe even on Loch Morlich and Loch Insh. The reserve is also home to several other rare species such as capercaillie, whooper swans and red squirrels. Guided walks leave from the observation centre at 0930 on Wednesdays.

The village is well connected by main A95 route which serves a lot to the place and makes it easy accesseble to near by regions. The landmark to the place was the railway station which was established way back in mid 1800s. This rail route connects it to Nethy Bridge, Keith, Aberdeen and Aviemore. The railway station lies close to the centre of the village behind the boat hotel.

Being a centre of attraction and a favourite tourist spot Boat of Garten holds several staying options from Hotels, guest houses and self catering cottages all are available here offering great amenities. This highland village is abundant in wildlife resource and many leisure activities.

The place boasts gorgeous 18-hole golf course where you can experience golfing in superb surroundings. Fishing also is a great option for the visitors as the river Spey is best suited for this exciting activity. Being a highland you can try out some adventure and thrilling sports too. Explore the woods by walking or unfold the beauty treasured in the highland with trekking or climbing.

Boat of Garten Events

Strathspey Steam Fare & TractorFest

A great day out for the family and it’s one of the largest gatherings of steam traction engines, road rollers and more

Boat of Garten Hotels & Accommodation

There's a good selection of accommodation in the village. Heathbank - The Victorian House, Tel. 831234, is a must for Art Nouveau lovers and offers good French cuisine.

The Boat (Hotel)
is a great former village station hotel from Scotland's favourite inland golf course set, with glorious vistas of the majestic Cairngorm mountains. more details about The Boat

Glenavon House, Tel. 831213, open Apr-Oct, is a lovely guesthouse on Kinchurdy Rd; and Moorfield House, on Deshar Rd, Tel. 831646, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , is also a good choice. You can also camp at Campgrounds of Scotland, Tel. 831652.

Travel Directions to Boat of Garten

The best way to get to Boat of Garten is on the Strathspey Steam Railway which runs at least 5 times daily from Aviemore, Tel. 810725. Loch Garten is not easy to reach without your own transport, but check with one of the local TICs about tours.

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