The following activites are a selection of those available within the local area:
- Bird watching, including the famous Ospreys at Loch Garten and Capercaillies. A great spotted woodpecker is a frequent visitor to the garden and capercaillies have been heard from the garden (and seen close by); Siskins and goldfinches are common when they're not chased away by the red squirrel.
- Golf courses - many and varied incuding Boat of Garten, Nethy Bridge, Carr Bridge, Grantown and Aviemore.
- Golf and fishing at Craggan - just down the road, before Grantown. This is a par 3 course and suitable for older children - but definitely not a pitch and putt course!
- The Strathspey steam railway with a station at Boat of Garten and trains to Aviemore and Broomhill (extending to Grantown by 2014).
- Trail walking and running. A fantastic collection of trails are nearby for a gentle stroll through to an adventurous run. Each apartment has a framed map of the local area on the wall and we are happy to provide suggestions. One suggestion is provided for a circular walk from the apartment (opens as a pdf), forestry works have resulted in some changes but still a pleasant walk. Further ideas (and maps) are available from walkhighlands.
- Hillwalking in the Cairngorms and other local hills with some walks even starting at the steading (Geal Charn Mor for example). Boat of Garten is a great base for exploring Scotland's mountains with more than 75% of the Munros being a day trip away (less than 2 hours drive). Ask Jonathan for a recommendation - he's been up them all (including the 540 tops)!
- Cycling - some of the country's best offroad cycling is on the doorstep, with an excellent route to Carr Brige (Sustrans route 7), another to Aviemore or for the more adventurous, mountain bike routes to places such as Loch Morlich through the captivating pass of Ryvoan. Mountain bike Scotland has some suggested routes as well as details of the Laggan Wolftrax - mountain bike trails with 'bite'. There are 15km of red route single tracks as well as 3km of downhill black routes. Some excellent bikes are available for hire in the village (beside the Boat Inn).
- Skiing at Cairngorm or the Lecht. In early January 2010, Cairngorm was reporting over 1m of snow and the best conditions in Europe! 2011 was also a good season for Cairngorm ,especially in January and February.
- Landmark heritage park (2 miles away by road or footpath).
- Mountain railway (funicular) to Cairngorm.
- Sailing and other watersports at Loch Morlich or Loch Insh.
- Canoeing, kayaking and fishing on the river Spey. River trips are organised by Loch Morlich and Loch Insh watersports.
- The Highland Wildlife park at Kingussie - including the recent addition of Walker the polar bear.
- Crazy golf, swimming and indoor children's play areas at Coylumbridge funhouse.
- Anderson's restaurant in Boat of Garten. Relaxed and informal dining in the village.
- Whisky distillery tours (and tasting sessions). Speyside malt whiskies are famous the world over. Organised tours (sometimes including transport) can be arranged locally.
- The Boat of Garten website has further ideas and links.
If you have any further ideas for useful local links, please let us know