Wildcat Lodge

Boat of Garten | Scotland
Tourist Licence Number: 546189911





Perfectly nestled within the peaceful & tranquil area of Boat of Garten, Wildcat Lodge is a cosy retreat set within a beautiful courtyard location, ideal for a couple looking to explore the picturesque surroundings or the wider Scottish Highlands.

The luxurious wooden beams and ceilings add to the comfortable surroundings of Wildcat Lodge. The large king size bed will ensure a great night’s sleep as you sink into the duvet and pillows, and the separate bathroom comprising toilet, wash basin and large low profile shower gives extra accessibility to those who need it. The cosy open plan living area with adjoining kitchen is the ideal space to sit, relax and snuggle up in the colder months with a roaring log burning fire whilst preparing some delicious meals using the amazing local Scottish ingredients on offer from nearby shops. Outside find a private walled garden and hot tub where you can enjoy watching the twinkling stars in the night sky whilst enjoying a well earned soak!

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 Wildcat 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, 19 Apr 2024
Great wee lodge to stay at, very close to everything we wanted to do. The pictures do not do this lodge justice as in person it is much nicer. The lodge had everything needed for our stay and more.
On Friday, 12 Apr 2024
We had a wonderful time at the beautiful Wildcat Lodge! Such a cosy place in a gorgeous setting with thoughtful welcome gifts made this the ideal short getaway. Thank you for letting us enjoy this magical place xx
On Monday, 18 Mar 2024
We absolutely loved our stay - the lodge is perfectly located in really peaceful and beautiful surroundings. There are lovely local walks and it was really easy to get a quick taxi to the Cairngorms car parks for longer hikes in the mountains. The lodge was also well-stocked with everything we needed (dishwasher tablets, towels, soap etc). We wished we’d booked a longer stay and would definitely come back!
On Friday, 08 Mar 2024
We are just home from a long weekend stay. We visit Aviemore annually and thought we would try somewhere new. The lodge was so cosy and has a beautiful forest walk about 15 minutes from it which was great for the dog😊. The neighbourhood is really quiet and peaceful and has a restaurant/pub within 10 minutes away. Really enjoyed our stay here!
On Monday, 26 Feb 2024
A much anticipated second visit as I enjoyed my first stay so much! The perfectly place to unwind and explore the Cairngorms.
On Friday, 23 Feb 2024
We have stayed here a few time before and it does not disappoint. Small but perfect set up, hot tub and great amenities locally make this an excellent spot for a short break.
On Friday, 12 Jan 2024
A beautiful little lodge with so many beautiful walks nearby. The lodge has everything you need and was so cosy and warm.
On Friday, 24 Nov 2023
Wildcat lodge was perfect for our cozy highland stay. Perfect location for walks and local cafes! Lodge came with everything you need and a dip in the hot tub is a must!
On Friday, 27 Oct 2023
The location of the lodge was perfect. It was nestled in a peaceful and picturesque setting, surrounded by nature. The serene atmosphere instantly put us at ease and allowed us to truly relax and unwind. One of the highlights of the lodge was undoubtedly the hot tub. It was located on the deck. The hot tub was clean and well-maintained, and the water was always at the perfect temperature. It was an absolute delight to soak in the hot tub while enjoying the tranquility of the surroundings. The lodge also had a well-equipped kitchen, which allowed me to prepare my own meals. Additionally, there was a barbecue grill on the deck, which I took full advantage of to enjoy some delicious outdoor meals. Overall, my stay Wildcat Lodge was nothing short of amazing. It provided the perfect combination of comfort, relaxation, and natural beauty. I would highly recommend this lodge to anyone looking for a peaceful and rejuvenating getaway.
On Friday, 25 Aug 2023
My partner and I stayed a few days at Wildcat Lodge and we loved it. We know the surrounding area quite well, spending a lot of time in the outdoors around Aviemore. But the spot in Boat of Garten where the lodge is located is very special. Beautiful surroundings, peaceful and tranquil. A few hundred yards takes you up to the woods, 2.5 miles from the lodge to Loch Vaa which is easily walkable, and only a few miles into Aviemore itself. The lodge was perfect for the 2 of us, it had everything we needed. The bike shed is ideal, and the hot tub was great after long days in the hills. Sitting in the tub looking up at the old scots pines takes you to new levels of unwinding! Had a great holiday, thank you.
On Friday, 21 Jul 2023
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Wildcat Lodge. We love visiting Scotland and this was our first time in Aviemore/Boat of Garten area. Wildcat Lodge was perfect, so many beautiful walks right from the front door in such a peaceful area. Loved the local pub, great food. Also only a 10 minute drive from Aviemore, plenty of activities. The Lodge itself was lovely, well catered for and we felt very comfortable and at home. It would be great to return one day!
On Friday, 16 Jun 2023
A really nice stay in a beautiful area of the country. The hosts went above and beyond to help us and the lodge was cosy and kitted out well with everything we needed.
On Friday, 09 Jun 2023
We had a marvellous time! The cottage was the perfect size for us bring two adults and one large Labrador. It has a great hot tub in a small private garden space, but has wonderful walking and cycling from the door step. There are two great restaurants in Boat of Garten, a well stocked local shop, a bike shop, the steam railway, the Spey river just minutes away. The bed was comfy, bathroom and kitchen clean and tidy and the open plan living space has a wood burning stove. The cottage is in the grounds of a much larger building but still felt very private. We’ll definitely be looking to stay again. Very good value and a most enjoyable break.
On Friday, 26 May 2023
A great lodge in an amazing location. Really clean and has everything you could need, the hot tub is great for relaxing tired legs after exploring the Cairngorms. Would highly recommend!
On Friday, 12 May 2023
My Husband and I had a wonderful 4 Nt stay at Wildcat Lodge. It was so idyllic & peaceful and just what we had hoped for. The feel of the lodge is so cosy & comfortable. As we were there to celebrate our 20th Anniversary, we felt we had chose so well as the lodge has a lovely romantic feel too. Everything about our stay was fantastic and we would not hesitate to recommend to anyone. Our 2 dogs Bella & Beau loved there stay too, it was great to have an enclosed outdoor space for them to hangout outside when they wanted too and know they were safe & secure. The location of the lodge is fantastic as it’s off a lovely quiet road in boat of Garten, you are just a short walk away from the village pub, shop and restaurant..and also your on the path for walking into Aviemore which is a wonderful hike. We couldn’t have been happier with our break away and hope to go back again in the future.

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