Boat of Garten | Scotland



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Pilmuir is a family owned cottage near Boat of Garten which is truly a 'home from home' as the owners spend time at the cottage regularly. Everything you need for families, walkers, skiers or just simply couples wishing to relax.

The converted former coaching inn, brings character and history to your stay along with spectacular panoramic views over the Cairngorm mountains. It is the perfect place for a family getaway all within its own private three-acre grounds.
This unique holiday cottage welcomes you from the time you arrive to when you depart as the views dominate the rooms whilst the wildlife is plentiful with the resident red squirrels, wood pecker and deer all to be seen.

Enter into the porch area and kick off those boots after a day venturing out into this wonderful region. Head into the hall and take your pick, the left of the ground floor holds the lounge with a wood burning stove, two sofa’s, arm chair and a window seat along with a TV (Sky included) which is the best place to be after a day out. The open plan dining area is the ideal place for a spot of breakfast with panoramic views of the garden and the many birds. The kitchen has everything you need to rustle up a family feast with range style electric oven and hob, large fridge, microwave, dishwasher and slow cooker. At the rear of the property is a utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer and plenty of drying space for wet clothes after a day on the hills. Back out into the hall and through to the king-size bedroom with sofa and TV. The neighbouring shower room with WC which can either be en-suite or a jack and jill for when you are outside. Heading upstairs to the first floor we have on the right a bathroom with a shower over bath and WC. There is then a double with single bed, a single room at the back and a final double bedroom with a mamas and papas cot bed.

Explore the gardens and further 2 acres to appreciate this wonderful location and make the most of the wonderful Julian Christian Thatched Hut with heater, patio and garden areas with gas BBQ. There is a secluded patio which is the ideal spot if you wish to hire a hot tub to make your stay extra special. Ample private parking, electric vehicle charging point and a storage shed for bikes and ski’s. To the rear of the garden is a secure paddock which is used either for horses or a play area for children. The further two acres of land has grass, trees, streams and makes a great playing / adventure area.

Situated in the Cairngorms National Park finding activities is not difficult as there is plenty on offer such as horse riding, mountain biking, clay pigeon shooting, fishing, water sports and much more within close proximity. Local attractions nearby include the outdoor Highland Folk Museum, Landmark Forest Theme Park, Strathspey Steam Railway and head to Glenlivet whisky distillery. Only a short drive away are the golf courses at Boat of Garten and Abernethy where you can play a round or two or to enjoy something to eat or drink. The cottage is well placed for exploring paths and cycle routes be that the Speyside Way, SUSTRANS route 7 or the walk along the River Spey. Boat of Garten is within walking and cycling distance with post office, shops, hotel and restaurants or drive to Aviemore or Grantown on Spey, just over 6 miles away, to soak up the scenery and have a further pick of restaurants, pubs and shop’s.

Pilmuir accepts up to 2 well behaved dogs and are restricted to non-carpeted rooms only. Please ensure you review the pet friendly properties policy in your pre-arrival information.

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Boat of Garten is a peaceful village set amongst heather clad hills and native woodlands in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park.
Ideally located, lying adjacent to the mighty River Spey in the Cairngorms National Park, Boat of Garten is an area of outstanding natural beauty. It's the perfect place to explore the surrounding countryside or simply unwind.

Abundant wildlife, magnificent scenery, many sporting and leisure activities and a traditional Highland welcome await visitors to this lovely village with activities ranging from playing golf at the James Braid designed 18-hole golf course, fishing the Spey, cycling on excellent tracks and quiet roads or travelling on a scenic steam railway!
Just a mile and a half from Boat of Garten is Abernethy Forest RSPB Reserve on the shore of Loch Garten.
Between April and August visitors can see the famous ospreys at their nest, hopefully with some chicks, while in spring there is a good chance of spotting capercaillie, especially in the early morning hours.

The Cairngorms National Park is absolutely full of scenic variety and endless natural wonders for you to enjoy. The rare wildlife stronghold of the National park, and a landscape shaped by the ice ages makes this location an exciting and treasure trove of fun to explore.

Ramble across the Cairngorm hills which were formed when the last age covered this country. With the landscapes characterised by high, rounded humps carved through spectacular and deep gorges the variety of geology in the area is truly remarkable. The National park is home to a fantastic array of rare wildlife.

Just over one quarter of Britain's 400+ most rare and endangered wildlife species are protected within the park. If you are lucky (and quiet!) you might spot such species as the osprey, red kite, golden eagle, otter and pine marten, sheltering in amongst the sub-Arctic and mountain plants.

The glens of Isla, Prosen, Clova and Mark are well known destinations for walkers as they are all easily accessible by car. They offer low level walks but also provide access to tougher long distance hikes into the south east section of the park.

As well as the impressive uplands in the area the lochs and rivers in the region are home to some world class salmon fishing, wildlife and habitats making it yet another area not to be missed. The waters offer a variety of scenic delights including gorges, waterfalls and tranquil expanses of streams.

For woodland and forest walks visit Loch an Eilein on the Rothiemurchus Estate in the heart of Caledonian Pine Forest. Or if you are in search of a beach visit Loch Morlich where the sandy expanse proves popular with fisherman and water sports enthusiasts.

Many attractions are connected with the area's history or wildlife and are great places to learn more about the natural wonders that surround you. Whether you have a passion for wildlife, whisky or walking, or simply want to have fun, you will never be short of something new to experience in this wonderful area of The Cairngorms National Park.


On Friday, 15 Jul 2022
Me and my family enjoyed our stay at Pilmuir Cottage. Kitchen was very well equipped, comfortable space. Kids absolutely loved the playroom. we had many BBQs. It was a great spot from where to drive to different locations and explore what surrounding areas have to offer. EV charger was a great bonus, which meant we didn't have to worry were we are going to charge after a day of travelling.
On Monday, 18 Apr 2022
Fantastic stay at Pilmuir! Highlight for the kids definitely the pump track in Boat of Garten and lovely weather! Great home! Thanks so much
On Friday, 08 Apr 2022
We had a fantastic week at Pilmuir, enjoying lots of nearby walks. Our highlights of the cottage were watching the birds from the dining table, hide and seek in the garden (wee ones) and wine in sitooterie (big ones!). Thank you for the Easter treats.

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