Glencoldon Cottage is a short 10-15 min walk along the Speyside Way (Kinchurdy Road) to a variety of village amenities (2 shops, hotel, restaurant, steam train station, bus stops, etc.).  The village itself offers a combination of tranquility, a little off the beaten track, and easy access to activities and amenities, available on foot, bike, public transport and even steam train!  For wider exploring, perhaps up through the world renowned whisky trail, over towards the Great Glen or exploring the Moray Firth and Black Isle, Boat-of-Garten is well placed just off the national rail and road network (A9, A95).

Full Address:  Glencoldon Cottage, Kinchurdy Road, Boat of Garten, Highland, Scotland, UK, PH24 3BP

Travel Information – Getting There

Public Transport

Boat of Garten is located in one of the areas of the Cairngorm National Park most easily accessible by public transport, with nearby connections for bus, rail and air travel.  The village lies six miles north east of Aviemore.

By Rail – Nearest mainline station: Aviemore

National Rail Enquiries

Caledonian Sleeper

By Bus – to Boat of Garten from Aviemore, Grantown on Spey and Inverness

Timetables (valid from 17/6/7) available here: Bus Timetable Local June2017

By Steam Train – from Aviemore or Broomhill, Nethy Bridge

Strathspey Steam Railway

Other Transport

By Car – From the south (Edinburgh & Perth)

Travelling north from Perth on the A9, turn right off the A9 at the Grantown on Spey / Carrbridge junction (A95) north of Aviemore.  Follow the signs for Boat of Garten.

By Car – From the north (Inverness)

Travelling south from Inverness on the A9, turn left off the A9 at the Carrbridge / Grantown on Spey junction.  Drive through Carrbridge and carry on to the T-junction at the A95. Turn left and take the next right to Boat of Garten.

By Air – Nearest Airports: 

Inverness – 35 miles;  Aberdeen – 82 miles


Between the Visit Cairngorms website ( and the Boat of Garten website ( there is more useful information than we could ever provide on this page.  However, check out some local favourites below.

Given the variety of activities and wildlife in the immediate surrounding area you may not have to go far at all to feel the freedom……. Indeed, from the house, avoiding the road back into the village, we have gated access to woodland paths that will take you to the local shops, community centre (fully-equipped with football pitch too) and local restaurant.  This links into a wider local network of paths which take in local lochs, River Spey walks and a little bit further on to the Loch Garten Nature Reserve with its proud pioneering history of saving the Osprey from extinction in the UK.

The immediate surrounding area, with its diverse terrain and varied habitats is still the focus of much important conservation work, is all open and accessible for the visitor, with opportunities to get involved for those wishing to delve deeper.   One of the largest and best preserved swathes of the Ancient Caledonian Forest is accessible at Rothiemurchus about 8 miles from the cottage.  There are Special Protected Area designations for Capercaillie and Red Squirrels.  With 75% of all UK Capercaillie found in the woods of Strathspey, truly a sanctuary for this amazing species of bird!  The River Spey itself is a Special Area of Conservation and a Site of Special Scientific Interest – walking the banks, the abundance of wildlife is always a joy, often to the backdrop of the sound of leaping salmon or a woodpecker rattling some trees, but occasionally getting the chance to witness a family of otters going about their business would probably be a highlight of any nature-lovers year!


Local Favourites under construction……. many more to come

Cycling Many great routes for road and mountain bikes.

Laggan wolftrax

Walking Unlimited! Start with the trails around Boat of Garten
Bird watching RSPB Osprey Centre, Loch Garten The Centre and Loch Garten, and nearby Loch Mallachie, can be walked from the Cottage in 1-2 hours
Landmark Forest Adventure Park A great family day out with something for everyone
Gallery & Café 1896 Gallery, Boat of Garten
Eating Out Andersons Restaurant, Boat of Garten

Winking Owl, Aviemore (book online)

Railways Strathspey Steam Railway

Cairngorm Mountain Railway