Red Squirrel Lodge

Boat of Garten | Scotland





Red Squirrel Lodge is a favourite Boat of Garten accommodation provider. It sits within a beautiful courtyard with off road parking & is the perfect location for your family getaway.
A superb holiday lodge accommodating up to 8 guests in 3 bedrooms - with the first floor providing beautifully designed bedrooms which are all en-suite and offer a sumptuous nights sleep.
There is a king sized bedroom, double bedroom and twin room with an additional sofa bed, then an open plan kitchen & living area provides a wonderful area for guests to eat, chat and relax with stunning views over the garden and Cairngorms. Plenty of storage space will allow you to unpack and feel at home during your stay.

Outside you will find a raised deck with dining area and, after a hard day exploring, don't forget to check out the outdoor hot tub! You can sink into the bubbles and soak in the view of the spectacular Cairngorm mountains. Heading down towards the garden you will find a bike store and The Squirrel’s Drey play area.

Situated less than half a mile away from Boat of Garten village, the idyllic surroundings are perfect for walkers and cyclists with endless miles of forest roads and trails to explore, or simply for those looking to pursue the plethora of outdoor activities or some relaxing downtime on offer within nearby Aviemore.

There is plenty to do in the surrounding area. Take a stroll around Boat of Garten village which provides a tranquil area with remarkable views, a restaurant, cafes, post office and shop.
Have some coffee and cake in one of the cafes and check out the beautiful Loch Vaa, where you can also try out some fishing. As a Red Squirrel Lodge guest you will also receive trout fishing rights on Loch Vaa for free (for one day, one rod provided) between May & October.

Why not jump on the Boat Of Garten Vintage Steam Train and take a ride to Aviemore? Aviemore is only a 10 minute drive away and here you can take part in a variety of outdoor activities including skiing on the Cairngorm Mountains, quad biking, zip lining and so much more! For those that are interested in checking out the wildlife, contact Speyside Wildlife to arrange bird watching or guided tours.


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, 29 Jul 2022
Fabulous house, surroundings and amenities. Will definitely return.
On Sunday, 26 Jun 2022
Fabulous property, within minutes walk of the centre of Boat of Garten. Amazing view from the patio area. Beds very comfortable and everything was very clean on arrival. The fenced in grass area was superb for my two little dogs - even if they sometimes couldn’t resist barking at the ducks until they got used to them (the ducks took it in their stride!). Very comfortable base for all of the outdoor activities the area has to offer.
On Monday, 18 Apr 2022
Great house in a great location. Lots to do nearby. Loved the hot tub. Would defo return. Many Thanks for a fab weekend!
On Monday, 28 Mar 2022
Red Squirrel is a lovely comfortable lodge. Hot tub was fab, house had everything you could need set in a lovely location. We would definitely return.
On Saturday, 19 Feb 2022
Wonderful relaxing time on the doorstep of beautiful forest
On Friday, 11 Feb 2022
Fabulous lodge in a fantastic location. Facilities in the lodge are wonderful. Waking every morning to the view of the cairngorms was just good for the soul. Lodge is very well sized, comfortable and feel’s homely. It has everything you need for a wonderful stay and backs on to a-forest that the kids and dog loved equally. The welcome box and fresh eggs were such a lovely surprise and a really nice touch We will definitely book to stay again, really fabulous break
On Monday, 27 Dec 2021
Great Host Owner lives next door Very friendly and helpful Will visit again
On Friday, 29 Oct 2021
Great property in a beautiful location! Perfect place to stay to access loads of amazing walks. House was clean and very welcoming
Dana & Rob
On Friday, 22 Oct 2021
Just like to thank you for a wonderful week and the lovely welcome gift of cheese, fudge and wine. We will be returning it’s been everything we knew it would be and so much more.
On Monday, 04 Oct 2021
Awesome views and relaxing touch of luxury in superb lodge at great location.
On Friday, 01 Oct 2021
The perfect place for a getaway in the highlands! The lodge is beautiful and the hosts had left all the finishing touches to make us feel so welcome. Remote enough to feel like a retreat but close enough to amenities to nip out if you forget something. Can’t recommend this place enough!

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