Cairngorms Information

This page includes local Cairngorms information including Cairngorms National Park, Boat of Garten and Speyside. The Alba Highland Cottages are located in a pristine and treasured area of the Scottish Highlands, home to an array of wildlife, plants, and flowers as well as to some of Scotland’s local folklore, myths, and legends. The area combines historical sites with modern pastimes and beloved outdoor activities. Take a look around the local area:

Boat of Garten

Just one mile away from the cottages, this popular village is home to a good local shop, Post Office, hotel/bar and restaurants. Here you will also find the Strathspey Railway, Loch Garten, and the RSPB nature reserve where ospreys can be viewed. Boat of Garten has bicycle hire shops and many cycle and walking tracks locally. It also has tennis courts, a golf course, and fishing on the River Spey for outdoor enthusiasts.

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Just five miles away, this town is your link to the main rail network, connecting you to London, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness. Although it is a small village, its proximity to Cairngorms National Park and the range of outdoor activities that attract visitors to the Highlands make it an ideal spot. There is a wide range of shopping, dining, and pubs to enjoy in this village in between hiking, cycling, hillwalking and skiing.

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Cairngorms National Park

Within close proximity is the Cairngorms National Park, home to the Cairngorm Mountains, which offer hill walking, climbing, and winter skiing.  In 2011, it was selected by National Geographic Magazine as one of the top 20 places in the world to visit because of the breathtaking scenery and wide range of wildlife. Among the activities you can do here, there is mountain biking, canoeing, walking, horse-riding, sailing, winter skiing and snowboarding, golf, clay pigeon shooting, orienteering, wildlife and birdwatching, swimming, white water rafting, archery and fishing.

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Speyside offers many activities, including whiskey and food festivals throughout the year as well as historical centres, distilleries, shopping, dining and entertainment alongside its wealth of outdoor activities.

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Ptarmigan cottage

Sleeps 6 – 3 bedroom self catering cottage.

Osprey cottage

Sleeps 10 – 5 bedroom self catering cottage.