If there was a beauty parade between the seasons then autumn in the Highlands would be the clear winner.
Crisp mornings, misty lochs and golden leaves – it’s nature’s last stroll up the catwalk before winter bites.
If you want to see a Highland autumn in all its glory then snap up today’s Big Deal on a 2 night mini-break at The Boat Hotel at the Boat of Garten, near Aviemore.
Two nights in classic room
A hawk’s eye view of The Boat Hotel would show a cosy four star hotel nestling deep in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park.
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, complimentary WiFi room service and hot drinks trays in the ensuite rooms.
This Big Deal is for two people to enjoy a two consecutive night stay in a comfortable classic double or twin room at The Boat Hotel with a full Scottish breakfast each morning.
Two AA Rosettes
The breakfasts at The Boat Hotel are pretty special. As an alternative to the full 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.
Breakfasts are included in the offer. 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 haggis spring roll served with Bruadar crème fraiche while popular main courses include choices like the hand dived Shetland scallops, langoustine and prawn tortellini served with buttered asparagus.
The Osprey Bar offers a wide range of bar meals and it also has a very tempting collection of malt whisky – perfect for relaxing with in front of the open fire.
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. At this time of year in particular, the trees of the Rothiemurchus Estate will be showing off their finest autumnal colours.
Steam enthusiasts will be in heaven: the Strathspey Steam Railway has a station next to the hotel.
The Boat Hotel has earned plenty of positive reviews from happy guests. This is what a couple of recent guests had to say on TripAdvisor:
‘Brilliant hotel. This was our second stay at the Boat Hotel and we loved it. Good location, spacious and well decorated rooms, ever helpful and friendly staff and a lovely breakfast. As an added bonus the restaurant also serves amazing food at fairly reasonable prices. We had a great stay and it is pretty much impossible to fault anything about this hotel.’
‘Great hotel with excellent location… Staff couldn’t have been more helpful and friendly. Attention to detail was exemplified by the placement of the towels in the room in the shape of two kissing swans! The hotel is old, so the floors creak a bit, but the rooms are well decorated and clean. The food in the restaurant was excellent and well priced. Couple all this with a location to die for, and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.’