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Bird Watching

The RSPB Loch Garten Opsrey Centre provides fantastic views of the magnificent Osprey and other birds on the nest, as well as close up views thanks to our non-invasive CCTV camera.  The reserve also has some excellent walks, with the chance to see red squirrels, dragonflies, and crested tits.  Early in spring, join us for caper-watch and see the spectacular display of the capercaillie, Scotlands largest grouse.

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The Cairngorms is a natural playground. The area offers watersports, snowsports some incredible low level walking, mountain climbing, cycling routes and has 12 golf courses. It even has a funicular railway to take you to the top station of the Cairngorms ski resort with cafe, exhibition, shop and 360 degree panoramic views.

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Steam Train

Spectacular views are available on board as you steam through the stunning Cairngorms National Park on board one of the very special vintage trains.Dining on board, Exclusive Vintage Tours, Wildlife package trips and Outdoor adventure packages all available to enhance your experience of this area of the beautiful Cairngorms National Park!

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Local Food

Boat of Garten and surrounding area boasts a range of locally owned and operated Resturants and Cafes, offering the best of local produce. Just some of our favourites are listed below!

  • Andersons Resturant
  • 1896 Gallery
  • Boat Hotel Bistro
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When it comes to golf in the Scottish Highlands, Boat of Garten should be first on every visitor’s itinerary.  Designed by one of the grand-masters of golf course architecture, James Braid (1870-1950), “The Boat” is set alongside the River Spey in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park.  The course is not only renowned as a demanding test of sporting skill but also as a magnificent setting for the game. A truly beautiful and challenging course.

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The village is brilliantly located for getting out on your bike in beautiful surroundings. There are all levels of trails for mountain bikers who want to explore the Cairngorms National Park and families who want to keep off the roads. For road bikers, there are some great circuits with some good climbs to push your limits on. There is also a fabulous local bike park for the very early cyclists starting with early years balance bikes