From battening down hatches to showing your true colours, many popular phrases have nautical origins.
Set sail for today’s great value Big Deal on a minibreak at the four star Boat Hotel in Aviemore and you can push the boat out without hitting the financial rocks.
Two nights in classic room
This Big Deal is for two people to enjoy a two night stay in a comfortable classic double or twin room at The Boat Hotel with a full Scottish breakfast each morning.
Breakfast is something of an event at The Boat Hotel. As well as the traditional cooked Scottish breakfast, you can order anything from delicate smoked Scottish haddock to meltingly beautiful eggs Florentine.
Breakfast also offers a range of cold dishes and freshly baked pastries from the larder.
A family-run hotel, The Boat blends historic Highland charm with the mod cons you would expect of a 21st century hotel such as digital TVs, WiFi and room service including breakfast in bed.
Two AA Rosettes
If you choose to eat lunch or dinner in the hotel’s Osprey Bistro then prepare to be wowed.
The kitchen has been awarded two AA Rosettes for their imaginative take on the best locally sourced produce. The menus change regularly but typical starters might be the Cullen skink or the West Coast mussels cooked with wine, garlic and parsley.
Main course dishes might be the slow cooked shoulder of Perthshire lamb or hand dived Shetland scallops with langoustines, prawn tortellini and buttered asparagus.
Save space for desserts like the fresh raspberry cranachan cheesecake.
The Osprey Bar offers a wide range of bar meals and it also has a very inviting collection of malt whisky – perfect for relaxing with a book and a dram.
A hawk’s eye view of the hotel would show a cosy four star hotel nestling deep in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park.
Ideally placed for walking, skiing, climbing, golf, visiting distilleries, bird watching or fishing, The Boat Hotel is a fantastic venue from which to enjoy the great outdoors.
Recent visitors to TripAdvisor have not been slow to tell of their experiences at the Boat Hotel. We liked this recent one, not least for its nautical turn of phrase:
‘Don’t miss The Boat…The hotel staff…are efficient, warm and friendly. Food was really good and was served with a smile, by people who genuinely care that you are having a great time. I would and will go back to this hotel because they know how to make guests feel special.’