The Boat Country Inn & Restaurant

View from a room at the Boat Hotel

Our beautiful historic building houses 34 guest rooms, including garden rooms with their own terrace. Our range of bedrooms offers something for every taste and budget. Whichever room you choose, we’ll ensure your stay is comfortable, cosy, enjoyable and relaxing.

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Cheeseburger with Fries and slaw

There are few places near Aviemore where food, wine and location come together as beautifully as The Boat. Our restaurant offers a casual and hearty pub style menu featuring our take on Scottish favourites. We have classic dishes and speciality nights throughout the week.

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Whether you’re looking for a venue for a corporate event, special occassion, or even a wedding, the boat has beautiful spaces and function rooms to accomodate you and your guests. If you need catering, live music and entertainment, plenty of bedrooms, and exclusive use, we can arrange all of that too.

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That warm hug after a day out and about.

This is what awaits you at The Boat Country Inn and Restaurant. Rustic character, rural charm is all on offer at this hotel near Aviemore. Overlooking the Cairngorm mountains on the platform of the Strathspey Steam Railway, you will be welcomed to our cosy inn after a day exploring the Cairngorms National Park.

Offering an easy alternative to hotels in Aviemore, enjoy hearty seasonal food and Scottish Craft Beers and Gins, Malt Whiskies and quality wines in the restaurant. With cosy log fires, residents lounge, stay where families and our dogs are welcome all year round.

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Log fire in the lounge at the Boat Hotel
Refreshing pint of lager

Special Offers & Events

Whether it’s last minute, a long awaited trip away, family celebration, staycation or a workcation. Take us up on an Aviemore Hotel Deal today. It’s that warm hug after a day out and about…


Every Sunday

Join us every Sunday for an exceptional brunch experience at The Boat. Immerse yourself in the breath taking landscapes of the Highlands while indulging in a culinary journey that captures the essence of Scottish hospitality

3 Nights For The Price Of 2

Enjoy an extra night on us this winter!

Embrace the magic of winter in the stunning Cairngorms with our exclusive Winter break offer. Stay with us for two nights and enjoy a complimentary third night, giving you ample time to explore everything this…

Light Up Your Summer

Stay 2 nights this summer and save 15% off our best available rate

Embrace the enchantment of summer at our hotel as we invite you to ‘Light Up Your Summer.’ Picture long, sun-drenched days filled with exploration and adventure, followed by evenings steeped in relaxation and togetherness. Nestled…

Festive Packages

Join us to celebrate with our selection of festive packages

We’ve started adding our 2024/25 festive packages and offers to the website… So whatever the festive occasion, whether it’s the office Christmas party, Christmas Dinner for all the family, a festive getaway or seeing in…



Dark Skies Weekend 2-night break Friday 8th November 2024 – Sunday 23rd February 2025 From £316 ● Offer based on 2 people sharing a twin or double room, for 2 nights in a twin or…


From £89 for one night based on two people sharing

Escape the hustle and bustle of daily life with our exclusive Detox Break, designed to rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul amidst the breathtaking beauty of the Scottish Highlands in the Cairngorms National Park.



Escape to the serene beauty of the Scottish Highlands and indulge in a pamper getaway. Our exclusive Winter Indulge and Pamper Break is designed to offer you both one a truly memorable experience, filled with…


From 27th September

Forest Bathing Weekend Break ● 2 night stay for two people sharing a twin or double room ● Full hearty Scottish breakfast each morning ● Dinner ● forest bathing session ● Complimentary Wi-Fi A weekend…



If you’re looking for the perfect gift for someone special, why not consider the Boat Gift Vouchers. Vouchers are available in increments of £20, are valid for 12 months from date of issue.

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Staycation Hotel Offer

Stay 2 nights and save 15% off our best available rate

A moment to explore, a moment to share, a moment to enjoy. Let us make your moment a cosy one. With log fires burning, warming cocktails or coffee and a range of specials from steak…

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Cosy with Scottish charm, your room awaits

Warm rooms, some with views of the mountains, some with views of the garden, some with views of the village. Whichever room you choose to stay in, the room will be family friendly, dog friendly, a hotel in the Cairngorms. No matter which room you choose, we aim to make your stay a home from home experience.

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A dining experience

There are few places near Aviemore where food, drink and location come together as beautifully as The Boat. With the restaurant offering a casual and hearty pub-style menu with our own take on classic dishes and seasonal specials. The Boat Country Inn and Restaurant is an ideal place to eat in the Cairngorms and Boat of Garten. Whether you are passing on the mountain bike or our walking, having dinner with friends or Sunday lunch with the family, be sure to give us a visit and enjoy some quality time with those you love the most.

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Dog Friendly

Don’t leave your furry-friends behind. Dogs love a staycation too.

We recognise the sense of urgency your dog might have so we have dedicated our Deluxe Garden Rooms which lead out to your own terraced balcony and lawn as the room type for you and your dog. Thus meaning none of our Classic or Suite Rooms are dog friendly.

£20 per dog per night, and £30 for two dogs, per room per night


Book Direct Promise

To enable us to give you the best deal possible for booking direct with us on our website, we present our Book Direct Promise:

• Our best rate guaranteed, or the difference back*
• Hassle-free cancellation, should your plans change
• Early check-in, from 1pm, subject to availability
• Access to our exclusive offers
• Book for your dog(s) to stay too. Full details click here.

The Small Print

*If you happen to find a cheaper rate online for the same arrival date, the same number of nights and the same booking conditions, we will price match. Please provide full details including a copy of your reservation. You’ll have access to our flexible booking rate with 48 hours cancellation policy prior to arrival, or you can choose to pay in advance to receive an even better rate. By booking direct, you cut out any online middle agents and get to be in direct contact with the team at The Boat. For access to our exclusive offers, you don’t need to do anything, we will enrol you onto our mailing list. (You may opt out at any time)


Explore Aviemore

Located in the heart of the beautiful Cairngorms Mountains, Aviemore is a town in the Cairngorms National Park, in the Scottish Highlands. It’s known for its close proximity to the secluded lochs, ancient forest, mountain trails, ski runs of the surrounding parkland, beautiful scenery and amazing wildlife.

Speyside Wildlife

Local Wildlife Operator, Speyside Wildlife has over 30 years of experience in organising wildlife-watching day trips. We cater for a wide variety of wildlife watchers, from the dedicated wildlife enthusiasts to those who simply wish to include some wildlife-watching as part of their holiday.

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Aviemore Ice Rink

Aviemore Community Ice Rink is a massive hit for locals and tourists alike! Perfect for beginners and professionals. It is owned and run by Aviemore and Glenmore Community Trust

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Aviemore Ice Rink

Glenmore Forest Park

Glenmore Forest Park lies at the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. It’s a great place to see what makes the National Park so special: forests that have been growing for centuries form a green sea around high

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Glenmore Forest Park

Boat of Garten Golf Club

When it comes to golf in the Scottish Highlands, The Boat of Garten 18 hole course should be first on every visitor’s itinerary.

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Boat of Garten Golf Club

Zip Trek Park

If you are looking for something to get your pulses racing, then this is the one for you both! The UK’s first Zip Trek Park, Zip Slide through the stunning scenery of the Scottish Highlands near Aviemore on Zip wires, passing magnificent Scot’s Pines and seeing nature at its best.

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Zip Trek Park

Strathspey Railway

Steam through the stunning Scottish Highlands in style. Strathspey Railway steam engines take you on a very special trip through the Cairngorms National Park as you travel between Aviemore, Boat of Garten and Broomhill.

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Strathspey Railway

Little Landy’s

Little Landy’s at Rothiemurchus – let your kids take the driving seat and head off on an exciting off-road adventure on their purpose-built 4×4 track designed specifically for kids. They won’t know they’re making memories to last a lifetime, and they’ll know they are having fun!

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Little Landy's

Cairngorm Mountain

Cairngorm Mountain is a favourite destination for hill walkers, families and snow sports enthusiasts, the views are out of this world! If you are an adventurous family take a guided walk to the top of Cairngorm Mountain.

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Cairngorm Mountain

Braemer Castle

Braemar Castle is a must when visiting the highlands. With visitors ranging from Queen Victoria to the present Royal family, the Castle’s guest list reads like a roll call of who’s who.

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Braemer Castle

Craggan Outdoors

Craggan Outdoors offers an array of outdoor activities from golfing, fishing, paintballing, archery, kayaking, pony trekking, white water rafting, and much more! Suitable for adult groups, families, and everyone in between!

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Craggan Outdoors

Treasure Trails

Weather you live local or you want to explore somewhere new, try this Spy Mission themed Treasure Trail around Aviemore! All you have to do is visit their website and download so you can start exploring!

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Treasure Trails

Highland Wildlife Park

From little red squirrels to the Amur Tiger’s and polar bears, this wildlife park boasts amazing collection of animals which you can see wandering around their enclosures every day.

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Highland Wildlife Park

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