Way back in the mists of time, before even colour telly was commonplace, the village of Garten was home to a ferry across the Spey river.
Which is why the village is now called Boat of Garten.
Take up today’s Big Deal with The Boat Hotel in the village and you will be ferried far away from Central Belt stress and into a land of ospreys, majestic mountain ranges and a pleasingly wide range of whisky distilleries.
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.
As well as a fully 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 (chargeable) and room service including breakfast in bed.
Two AA Rosettes
Breakfast is included in the deal and if you choose to take other meals in The Osprey Bistro then you are in for a treat.
The kitchen has been awarded two AA Rosettes for their imaginative take on the best Scottish produce. The menus change regularly but typical starters might be the Rannoch venison carpaccio with pine nuts and rocket or the herb-crusted Shetland salmon with a saffron mash.
The Osprey Bar offers a wide range of bar meals and it also has a very explorable collection of malt whisky – perfect for relaxing with in front of the open fire.
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.
Steam enthusiasts will be in heaven: the Strathspey Steam Railway has a station next to the hotel.