Eat / Drink / Shop

5 minutes walk from the Treehouse –

Village Shop & Post Office – This little gem of a store, owned and run by Beth & David, sells freshly baked bread, local fruit & vegetables, deli products, newspapers, greetings cards, handcrafted gifts, and so much more. An amazing array of wonderful things!

Anderson's Restaurant – Local, family friendly, restaurant run by Steve, Casper & the team. ‘Whether you've something to celebrate, are at the end of a hard day's walking in the hills, or simply fancy a break from cooking at home, it is our wish that you all feel welcome. Forget pretence, the atmosphere here is relaxed and informal, so sit back, switch off, and savour the pleasure of great food and drink.’ Excellent food on your doorstep!

1896 Gallery and Coffee Shop - Opened in November 2014 the combination of Gallery and coffee shop has quickly become a firm favourite for both locals and visitors alike.
The gallery has Scottish landscape artists alongside resident landscape photographer James Gordon, all of whom capture the stunning highland light and form.
The coffee shop encompasses the same high quality of taste and creativity. A limited menu but a delicious one. Fresh daily bakes made in the gallery kitchen.

10 minutes drive from the Treehouse -

The Mountain Café, Aviemore – For breakfast, coffee, lunch. Great breakfasts, amazing cakes, and the best views of the Cairngorm Mountains. Family friendly.

The Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore - On the banks of the Spey, with a roaring log fire and great atmosphere, along with excellent food and a fine selection of cask ales, premium lagers and malt whiskies. It has always been a favourite haunt for those who enjoy the outdoors, while friendly staff and locals always make you welcome (and that includes your dog)!


Attractions & Activities:

Boat of Garten is a charming scenic village with wonderful views over the countryside to the Cairngorm Mountains. It is an ideal setting for a relaxing break, or as a base for all Spey Valley activities – skiing, golfing, walking, climbing, birdwatching, fishing, riding, tennis, and watersports on Loch Insh and Loch Morlich.

Children’s Play Area - there is a children’s play area next to the village hall, at the top end of the village.

Guide to the area :

Strathspey Steam Railway - Spectacular views are available on board as you steam through the stunning Cairngorms National Park on board a very special vintage train. The railway runs from Broomhill to Aviemore via Boat of Garten. The line runs along the perimeter of the grounds of the Treehouse, providing an ideal viewing point of the steam trains as they pass.

The Landmark Forest Adventure Park , Carrbridge, is great for all ages – ‘Fun, discovery and adventure in the highlands’-

Highland Wildlife Park, Kincraig - see Scotland's wildlife up close. ‘ Drive through the Main Reserve in your own vehicle, past European bison, red deer, Bactrian camels, yaks, Tibetan wild ass, and the rare Przewalski horse. Explore the rest of the Park on foot, discovering capercaillie, Amur tigers, snow monkeys, red pandas, wolves, wildcats, snowy owls, pine marten and Walker and Arktos our polar bears.’

Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore –‘ Here at the Highland Folk Museum we give our visitors a flavour of how Highland people lived and worked from the 1700s up until the 1960s! We do this by displaying over 30 historical buildings and furnishing them appropriate to their time period. Some have been built from scratch on site and some have been moved here from other locations. Our site is a mile long with our 1700s Township (featuring 6 houses) at one end through to our 1930s working croft at the other.’

Loch Insh Watersports – ‘ Our waterborne activities include sailing, windsurfing, stand-up-paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking, raft building, rowing, pedalos, osprey boat trip and Spey salmon fishing.’

Birdwatching - Boat of Garten is renowned for the Ospreys that return each year to nesting sites in the area. They can be seen nesting at the RSPB centre at Loch Garten and hunting over the local lochs and along the River Spey. From the woodland setting of the Treehouse, a wide variety of birds can be seen, including Tree Creeper, Greenfinch, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Crested Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Redstart, Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Red Squirrels - There are regular sightings of red squirrels at the Treehouse, and they can often be seen jumping from tree to tree. We also have a squirrel feeder on a tree facing the lounge window seat. They have also been spotted up on the deck, where they sharpen their teeth on the antlers!

Cycling - There are numerous cycle routes and tracks to suit all abilities in and around Boat of Garten, with many well sign posted routes through the surrounding woodlands.

Fishing - The world renowned River Spey, which runs along the edge of the village, offers unrivalled fishing for Salmon, Sea Trout and Brown Trout. Nearby Loch Vaa is a large spring fed Loch , fully stocked with Rainbow, Brown and Blue Trout.

Golfing - The Treehouse overlooks Boat of Garten golf course, a superb, James Braid designed, 18 hole course in stunning scenery, a true hidden gem of Scottish Golf Courses.

It is an ideal base for any highland golfing holiday, with many other clubs within easy reach. The Highlands of Scotland boast no less than 46 golf courses that visitors are able to choose from, with spectacular panoramic views and idyllic surroundings.

Skiing - The lodge is ideally situated for both the Cairngorm and Lecht ski areas:
Cairngorm Mountain -
Lecht Ski area: -

Tennis – Courts are available for hire next to the golf club.

Walking - There are many walks locally for all ages and abilities.  For further information see the Boat of Garten Walking website. For more general information on walks visit - - A comprehensive online resource on walking in the Scottish Highlands.

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Cairngorm Funicular Railway – Scotland’s only funicular railway, with a terrace at the top providing panoramic views from over 3,500ft. (Weather permitting!)