Holiday Cottage near Aviemore Cairngorms – Heath Cottage

Heath Holiday Cottage Boat of Garten Aviemore PH24 3BN

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Offering an exceptional Holiday Cottage near Aviemore. Heath Self Catering Cottage sleeps up to 6 people and is conveniently situated within the much sought after Holiday Village of Boat of Garten just 7 miles from Aviemore, offering a gateway to the Mountains and Forest’s of the Cairngorm national park.

In the summer you can enjoy a rich sea of Heather covered Hills, in the Winter you can enjoy snow covered mountains, this is an an excellent location for exploring the highlands of Scotland from Aberdeen to Inverness and offers a range of other options from wildlife and walking holidays in the Cairngorm National Park to winter ski holidays, golfing holidays or simply relaxation & recuperation !

Within walking distance of the cottage there are two village shops, hotel, pub and restaurants are all within a 5 minute stroll and red squirrels are often the first thing you see from your bedroom window, our customers come back time and again !


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  • Modern Cottage, Single Storey, Sleeps 6, Village Location, Countryside Views, Fridge / Freezer, Free WIFI, Washing / Dryer, Car Parking, TV / DVD, Electric Heating, Conservatory, Patio Area, Pubs / Inns nearby, All Bedding and Towels, Pet’s Welcome.

Boat of Garten

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The popular tourist village of Boat of Garten is situated just off the A95 Aviemore to Grantown on Spey road, about 7 miles from Aviemore and 10 miles from Grantown. There is easy access to the cottage and parking immediately in front for at least 2 cars. There are also good train and bus connections to Aviemore and an airport at Inverness.

Holidays spent here can be entirely relaxing affairs, just enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the natural country-side and the wildlife on your doorstep. Or they can be action-packed and exhilarating. It’s your choice. And doing both is perfectly acceptable.

The Boat, as Boat of Garten is known locally, is home to the famous Ospreys, a renowned James Braid golf course, the Steam Railway, and of course the mighty River Spey. Drive for half an hour and you can explore some of Scotland’s most romantic hills and glens, including some challenging Munros, and the ever-changing scenery of Lochs Insh, Morlich, and Garten. The Spey Valley is also home to Scotland’s popular ‘whisky trail’. And there are too many fantastic golf courses to list.

The slides, tree-top trails and woodland mazes of Landmark in Carrbridge are a favourite family day out and Aviemore is fast becoming Scotland’s best destination for familiar and brand new extreme sports.

Aviemore Ski Resort and the local Railways

Just 7 miles away Aviemore has a multitude of activities ranging from skiing in the Winter, to walking, climbing, mountain biking, fishing, Deer stalking…..and for the less active a most pleasurable trip on the Aviemore & Strathspey steam railway There is also the Aviemore Centre with ice skating and curling rink, home to the Aviemore Blackhawks and Aviemore Blues hockey teams, a Santa Claus theme park featuring a resident Santa 365 days a year, a theatre, a cinema, many bars, restaurants, nightclubs and discotheques, crazy golf, many shops including “Cairdsport” (run by local man Sandy Caird, who brought the first ski shop and ski school to Aviemore) within the ice rink complex, fountains, a dry ski slope, a swimming pool and a go-kart track.

There is also the Cairngorm Mountain Funicular Railway transports visitors to the Ptarmigan “Top Station” nestling below the summit of Cairn Gorm. The Top station offers spectacular views from the terrace and also has the panoramic Ptarmigan restaurant, mountain exhibition and gift shop. The railway provides an opportunity for all ages and abilities to enjoy the CairnGorm Mountain experience in safety and comfort. The journey to the top takes approximately 8 minutes, and train times are every 15 or 20 minutes, depending on the season. The essential feature of a Funicular Railway is that it involves a carriage being hauled along a track by means of a rope. When the carriage at the top moves, the other carriage moves as well. The carriages pass at the passing loop at middle station. The Cairngorm Mountain Ltd Ski Area, tel: +44 (0)1479 861261 is notable for being near the freely grazing reindeer herd at Glen More, the only one in the UK. The resort has variable quality of snow and weather conditions. Aviemore also has a railway station is on the Highland Main Line with regular services to Perth, Edinburgh and Glasgow, it is also the southern terminus of the lovely Strathspey Railway, a heritage steam and diesel railway, currently being extended to Grantown-on-Spey.

CairnGorm Mountain Ltd, Cairn Gorm Ski Area, Aviemore PH22 1RB tel: +44 (0)1479 861261, fax: +44 (0)1479 861207 www.cairngormmountain.com

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Wildlife and Nature

The region is fantastic for viewing birds, wildlife and wild flowers. After you have enjoyed the resident rabbits, sheep, buzzards, deer and abundant Flora and fauna which make this region a veritable honey pot for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers. You can also enjoy unpolluted lochs, seas and rivers, extensive native woodland and varied mountain terrain, the habitat is rich in wildlife. Admire majestic birds of prey, such as the Red Kite and the Golden Eagle; observe the native red squirrels and pine martins; or take a boat trip to spot bottle-nosed dolphins. you can explore further within this area and see Stags, Rut and Mountain Hare and with winter good timing Stoat visitors including Fieldfare, Redwing, Snow Bunting, Waxwing and Brambling.

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Fantastic day Trips within a few hours of Aviemore

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Fort William

To the southern end of the Great Glen on the shores of Loch Linnhe and Loch Eil is Fort William the largest town in the west highlands of Scotland. It is close to the beautiful Glen Nevis, Ben Nevis and Nevis Ski Range, the highest mountain and ski area in the British Isles. It has full skiing and snowboarding facilities, ski/board hire and instruction and Gondola runs all year round. The town is a major tourist centre with Glencoe just to the south, and Glenfinnan to the west, on the Road to the Isles. It is an important centre for hill walking and climbing due to its proximity to Ben Nevis and other mountains. It is also well known for its famous Downhill Mountain Bike Track and its connection to the Great Glen Way. From June to October you can take a day trip on Jacobite steam train from Fort William to Mallaig, passing over the famous Glenfinnan viaduct seen on the “Harry Potter” films.

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Loch Ness and Nessie

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To the North West Loch Ness the largest body of Freshwater in Britain over 25 miles long and more than 300 metres deep in part, is home to Scotland’s best kept secret the Loch Ness Monster “Nessie”One of the most discussed and controversial subjects to this day. In 525 AD the first recorded entry of a sighting was made by St. Columba. Modern day sightings ranging from the sensational 1934 R K Wilson “Surgeons” picture…recently suggested to be a hoax, but even more recently indicated to be a hoax theory within a hoax. To the genuine cine film sequences taken by Dick Raynor and Tim Dinsdale in 1960’s. Whatever Dinsdale did film that day convinced him…he gave up his Job and family life to spend the rest of his life (the next 25 years) looking for “Nessie”. There were also others like Roy Mackal and Robert Rines of the Academy Of Applied Science with underwater images of a possible head, neck and torso in the 1970’s, plus a regular supply of Sonar and Radar readings to this day picking up strong mid-water contacts in the Loch. There are modern everyday people with nothing more obvious to gain exept than “loss of respect” ranging from local Policemen, Bank Managers, Businessmen, Fishermen, Aero engineers, Monks and of course tourist’s with eye witness accounts and further photo evidence.

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The Loch Ness Monster

There have also been many hoaxers and show men to add to the confusion. Scientists alike, do not dispute that large creatures are living in the Loch, but cannot say exactly what they are, the Loch is fairly un-productive because of it’s deep dark murky, peaty waters, visibility is virtually zero 3/4 metres down, a number of species of fish, such as Artic Char “once thought extinct” have adapted to hunting and feeding with out the use of eye sight and amazingly can be found living off plankton and smaller fish up to 100 metres deep in the Loch. Original calculations put the the tonnage of fish living in the Loch at around 3 tons, hardly enough to support any larger creature! more recent surveys indicate an actual tonnage of over 25 tons. But dont go to the Loch Ness and Great Glen region to specifically see Nessie for real in the flesh as you may end up disapointed, do come to this region to enjoy the scenery and beauty and do pay a visit to at least one of the Loch Ness Monster exhibitions in the local village Drumnadrochit.

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The Whisky Trail and the Highland Games

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Within an easy day trip you can explore all of the Cairngorms National Park, this spectacular region is part of the Moray Malt Whisky Trail. Sample whisky nosing and tasting in Dufftown, enjoy historic Scottish castles, idyllic fishing villages or beautiful empty beaches in Moray coast. The Cairngorms is Britain’s largest national Park and has the largest area of arctic mountain landscape in the UK at its heart, with diverse communities around it. It is home to 17,000 people and 25% of Britain’s threatened birds, animals, and plants. It includes moorlands, forests, rivers, lochs and glens. Annual Whisky Festivals are: the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival in late April – and the Autumn Speyside Whisky Festival late September. The Glenfiddich distillery is open to the public (free) while close by is the picturesque ruined Balvenie Castle with it’s renaissance facade maintained by Historic Scotland. Other local distilleries to visit and whiskies to taste include Macallan, Glen Grant, Glenfarclas, the Glenlivet (free tours), Aberlour and Cardhu. Every year Scotland invites people from all over the world to attend Highland Gatherings and Highland Games. The Gatherings are usually held in late August early September throughout Scotland and perhaps the most famous and finest Highland Games anywhere are in Braemar. It features the finest Pipe Bands, pipers, Highland dancers, and athletes in a beautiful setting surrounded by hills. The patron of the Gathering is Her Majesty the Queen.

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The Black Isle and the Northern Highlands

To the North the areas of Sutherland and Caithness form the great, empty, northern wilderness of Britain; having three coasts, a vast interior, and the lowest population of any area in Western Europe. Its scenery is surprisingly varied, ranging from fantastic mountain ranges to stunning scenery ranging from the ‘Flow Country’, an area of wild mountains and almost impenetrable bogs and moorland, to the ‘machair’, coastal grassland based on old dunes of shell sand and finally the Atlantic oakwood. Their scenery varies from wild cliffs and tiny islands to lonely moorland and remote golden sandy beaches. You will find Majestic castles like Dunrobin, Mey, Old Wick and Girnigoe, dozens of ancient monuments, quality tweeds and woollens, whisky distilleries such as Clynelish Distillery. Plus tree-lined twisting roads and foaming rivers.

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The locality Walks and Whisky

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Apart from the village Boat of Garten and neighbouring Aviemore – within an hours drive lies to the Lecht Ski resort open all year round for a variety of activities. There are Highland games every week from May to October and the roads are usually empty of traffic This is an ideal time for walking the hills like Ben Rinnes or on the many fascinating trails on the Glenlivet Estate in the Cairngorm National Park.

There is also a vast choice of local family activities include an Adventure playground in Timintoul, an indoor swimming pool in Aberlour. The locality of Glenlivet includes the scenic Cairgorm Mountain railway for easy access to the ski slopes and fantastic the mountain views, the Dell Glenlivet Clay Pigeon Shoot and The Glenlivet Distillery.

The local Speyside Way is one of Scotland’s most attractive Long Distance Footpaths running from Ballindalloch Station to Tomintoul. Access to and from the Way can be gained at The Glenlivet Distillery, Deskie Farm road and at Tomintoul. There is also Drumin Castle, Blairfindy Castle and Craggan standing Stones. Good quality local Inns include, The Coft Inn, The Poacher Retreat and the Pole Inn

Holiday Cottage near Aviemore Cairngorms – Accommodation

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This quality detached self catering cottage Sleeps six people in 2 double bedrooms and 1 twin bedroom. The larger double has en-suite shower room and main bathroom has bath. All bedrooms have spacious wardrobes.

A sunny open plan area runs from modern kitchen with breakfast bar through a comfortable living area with satellite tv and through into dining conservatory. The Kitchen includes Oven Hob, Fridge, Washing Machine All utensils, Cookware, Crockery, Dishware, Cutlery and a Cork Scew are provided for your convenience.

The conservatory opens directly to patio, with wooden table and seats, and a big grassed garden with gate to the pine forest beyond. Guests frequently comment on the comfort and quality of furnishings and fittings in Heath Holiday Cottage and that the house is welcoming and warm no matter the season.

Cooking, lighting and heating is all electric with storage heaters in the public rooms and additional panel heaters in the bedrooms. Heath self catering cottage is well stocked with books and games. The two village shops, hotel, pub and restaurants are all within a 5 minute stroll and red squirrels are often the first thing you see from your bedroom window.

On the day of your arrival, the cottage will be ready for you from 3pm. We ask you to leave by 10.30 am on the morning of your departure. You read the electric meter on departure and pay for only the units you use. All linen, towels and cleaning materials are included in the price of the rental, and for those staying longer we will provide clean linen and towels weekly.