Red Squirrel Lodge | Retreat Group

Red Squirrel Lodge

Boat of Garten | Scotland
Tourist Licence Number: 534171155





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, 20 Oct 2023
This was our 3rd year in Red Squirrel lodge and it has been amazing. It really feels like our home away from home. Our family is growing now, grandbaby on the way, so we might struggle to squeeze in next year, but we’ll definitely be back
On Friday, 15 Sep 2023
I can't thank you enough. We had been booked in at another place and were let down on the day we were travelling. However, hosts were so quick to respond and accommodated us on the same day we checked in and helped us throughout our stay with any queries we had. We arrived late in the day and when we arrived at the lodge it was so warm and welcoming, it was amazing from the second we walked in, including the welcome food pack and prosecco! The lodge is clean and beautiful, with spacious bedrooms, a lovely lounge with TV and kitchen and an amazing garden. The area is also lovely, with a great restaurant (The Boat) in walking distance. I cannot fault this place and the hosts! I hope I get to come back soon. Thank you!!
On Friday, 16 Jun 2023
We had an amazing family stay at the lodge. It was bigger in person. There were 8 of us and we fit in comfortably. Good location, about a 15 min drive from Aviemore and loads of activities for the kids. Great to have a utility space and kitchen for longer stays. Amazing views also.
On Sunday, 21 May 2023
Delightful comfortable house, good base for beautiful outings and walks.
On Friday, 14 Apr 2023
Everything about the lodge was perfect, comfortable & very spacious . Throughout the booking process hosts responded very quickly and we’re most helpful. We would have no hesitation booking the lodge again .
On Friday, 07 Apr 2023
Amazing place with beautiful views, easily accessible shops and restaurants. Great for dog walks and also bike rides. Our kids loved the new bike track too.
On Monday, 20 Feb 2023
Great property in a great location - look forward to our next visit.
On Friday, 10 Feb 2023
We had a lovely time at our stay. The house is beautiful, a nice hot tub is waiting on the deck after long walks around nearby Loch Garten. Perfect if you take your dog with you. If the weather is cold you got a nice fireplace in the living room. The two hosts answer quickly and nicely if you have any questions. All in all a beautiful place to stay for vacation, that we would totally recommend.
On Thursday, 12 Jan 2023
We had a great time exploring the Cairngorms from this location - would definitely be happy to stay here again!
On Friday, 18 Nov 2022
Absolutely brilliant air bnb and we couldn’t fault the location and the facilities for our yearly get away. Absolutely beautiful location with plenty of walks or enough room if you just want to chill inside all weekend. Thanks so much we will book again for the 8 of us next year! X
On Monday, 07 Nov 2022
Another fabulous week in Red Squirrel Lodge.

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