Boat of Garten is also known as Osprey Village because of the large number of ospreys to be found in the area.
Although the birds of prey prefer to winter in Africa, their love of good malt whisky, tricky golf courses and eating raw trout straight from the loch always brings them back to their summer holiday lets in the warmer months.
Thanks to today’s Big Deal at The Boat Hotel, it’s easy to see why Boat of Garten gets our feathery friends in such a flap.
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, climbing, golf, visiting distilleries or indeed competing with the bird life for a crack at the trout, 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.
Alternatively, just put your feet up, let your hair down and relax with a book and a dram beside the log fire.
Traditionally furnished, the hotel’s Classic rooms feature digital TV channels, complimentary toiletries, room service (including breakfast in bed) and hot drink facilities.
The Osprey Bistro and Bar offers guests an informal and relaxed place to enjoy the chef’s local, seasonal dishes.
The kitchen has won two AA rosettes for signature dishes such as the pan-seared sea scallops with black pudding, cauliflower purée and green pea velouté and the braised lamb shank with garlic and rosemary gravy, mustard mash and green beans.
The Boat Hotel is not short of fans. Writing on Tripadvisdor earlier this year, contributor ronacame delivered a typical verdict:
‘The Boat is a great hotel in a lovely setting. Every member of staff we dealt with provided excellent service. The food was really nice (both breakfast and dinner). There are lots of nice corners to curl up and read a book in front of a real fire.’
Perfect for a hill walking break, a golfing weekend, a whisky tasting holiday or simply a romantic getaway, The Boat Hotel Big Deal is:
£99 for dinner, bed and breakfast for two people at The Boat Hotel near Aviemore; a 50% saving on the standard £199.