Boat of Garten is situated on the River Spey between the bustle of Aviemore and Grantown-on-Spey, overlooking the Cairngorm mountains.  The village is a peaceful haven at the centre of this spectacular wildlife and adventure area of the Cairngorms National Park.

Glencoldon Cottage is a short 10-15 min walk along the Speyside Way (Kinchurdy Road) to a variety of village amenities, including:  The Village Shop (with post office, fresh baked produce, and most things you will ever need!), hotel, restaurant, gallery, 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

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Travel Information

Public Transport

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

By Rail – Nearest mainline station is Aviemore, with very frequent services stopping between Inverness and Glasgow, Edinburgh or Perth.  Also, with daily direct trains from / to London.

National Rail Enquiries

Caledonian Sleeper

By Bus – There is a fairly regular bus service passing through the village to various destinations.  From Aviemore, additional routes can take you into some of the main activity areas in the Cairngorms.

Timetables available HERE – these change quite frequently, so best to download near arrival date.  Handy services / destinations:

  • 34X: (Only one through BoG)  Inverness, Tomatin, Carrbridge, Dulnain Bridge, Grantown-on-Spey, Boat of Garten, Aviemore
  • 31:   Aviemore to Rothiemurchus, Glenmore Lodge, Loch Morlich, Cairngorm Mountain
  • 32:   Aviemore to Kingussie, Newtonmore; or Carrbridge, Inverness

By Steam Train – Boat of Garten to/from Aviemore or Broomhill, Nethy Bridge.

Strathspey Steam Railway

By Bicycle – bike hire is available in the village (website here) and we have provided a bike shelter to keep your bikes secure and out of the elements.

Is a car a necessity?  It is possible to enjoy a stay at Glencoldon Cottage, and access some of the National Park’s best-known attractions, without a car (from many personal experiences and feedback from guests).

Some guests have left their cars at home!  The largest part of our remaining indirect carbon footprint is the inevitable emissions associated with our guests travelling to the Glencoldon Cottage.  As we hold a Gold Award for Green Tourism, we are trying to do something about this where possible – please see our Car-Free-to-Cairngorms Discount Offer, which also gives details of vehicle rental and other travel options available once you have reached Aviemore.

  • Getting to Boat of Garten – the local bus to BoG (see above) generally co-ordinates with incoming trains to Aviemore (the energetic might even cycle the 6 miles to the cottage along the Speyside Way!).  Local taxi services are also available.
  • During your stay – clearly, it depends what you want to do, but buses go to many popular activity destinations from Aviemore (eg. Cairngorm Mountain), and BoG + surrounding routes are a cycling haven!  Please see our cycle-friendly info.

Please feel free to call to discuss the possibilities for your stay.

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.


      What’s On – in the Park:  the free monthly events guide to what’s happening in the National Park and surrounding area can be accessed here.  You can also plan ahead and have a look at the calendar of events into the future.

      What’s On – in the village:  the events guide for the vibrant village of Boat of Garten, and it’s state-of-the-art community hall, which attracts both local and international acts, can be found here.  From local guided walks, talks, exhibitions, ceilidhs, sporting events, live music and much more……………….

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

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Cycling Many routes for road and mountain bikes.

Laggan Wolftrax (31 miles)

Ride Cairngorm – Bike hire in the village!

Walking Unlimited! Start with the trails around Boat of Garten
Bird watching RSPB Osprey Centre, Loch Garten (3 miles) The Centre and Loch Garten, and nearby Loch Mallachie, can be walked from the Cottage in 1-2 hours
Forest Adventure Park Landmark, Carrbridge (4.5 miles)
Outdoor activities centres Scot Mountain Holidays, Boat of Garten

Craggan Outdoors (7 miles)

Wildlife watching + activities Cairngorm Wildlife, Boat of Garten

Speyside Wildlife (10 miles)

Railways Strathspey Steam Railway

Cairngorm Mountain Railway (15 miles)

Eating Out + Local Produce

Restaurant Andersons, Boat of Garten (book online)
Gallery & Café 1896 Gallery, Boat of Garten
Restaurant / Bar Winking Owl, Aviemore

Contact Us

Please contact Derek any time if you have any queries, need further information or want to discuss anything at all:  /  07968 177394