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Boat of Garten, near Aviemore

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Mallard is a gorgeous holiday hideaway nestled down a private drive in charming Boat of Garten, amidst the striking scenery of the Cairngorms National Park and in handy walking distance of the amenities of the village.

Quick Info

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3
Changeover Day: Fri Pets Allowed: Yes (2)
No smoking Bathrooms: 2
  • No Smoking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Open Fire/Solid Fuel Stove
  • WiFi

The thoughtful owners have put a lot of care and effort into ensuring that everything required is provided here and much more besides. After spending busy days out and about exploring the comfy L-shaped seating in the sitting room just begs to be stretched out on whilst watching a welcoming fire crackling away in the inset wood-burning stove. The kitchen is incredibly spacious with banquette seating set out around the dining table creating a cosy corner to linger over meals all together.

With two light and bright double bedrooms (one with en suite shower room), an attractive twin bedroom and a family bathroom with drying rack, the accommodation inside the house well and truly rivals the wonderful, extensive grounds outside.

A path meanders amongst the mature shrubs and trees by the huge lawn to a lovely picnic seating area and large summerhouse. This great addition is not just for use in the summer however, as it has its own wood-burning stove that makes it an ideal sanctuary all year round. The stove can also be used as a pizza oven or simply a delightful place to sit and toast marshmallows of an evening.

To the front of the house a gravelled area provides parking space for 3 or more cars and there is table football in the garage along with storage for shutting bikes, etc away safely. Children will love the trampoline and playhouse (with slide) in the garden and a gate leads out into the surrounding woodland and Loch Vaa for walking, fishing and wildlife spotting opportunities.

For larger parties of guests wishing to enjoy holidaying together Mallard can be combined with its sister property Mallachie, which sits just a few doors away and sleeps up to 8 additional guests.

Map & Local

A short walk along part of the Speyside Way leads into Boat of Garten where the village shop has provisions and a choice of restaurants can be sampled. The afternoon teas at The Boat are particularly tasty and there is the option of adding a glass of Prosecco for an extra treat.

The area is well known for the nearby RSPB reserve at Loch Garten (3.5 miles) that a pair of ospreys return to every year to breed. In the visitor centre large screens display a CCTV feed with a fascinating closeup of the nest and there is lots of other birdlife to spot around the site.

At the Boat of Garten Golf Club the very scenic 18 hole course has wonderful views from the fairways and there are tennis courts if that is the preference. Kids will enjoy a day trip to the Landmark Forest Adventure Park (5 miles) where a dinosaur walk, butterfly sanctuary, climbing walls and aerial adventure courses are just come of the delights that can be found.

Cyclists will enjoy making use of the woodland paths behind the house and there are a choice of graded mountain biking trails on the Glenlivet Estate (20 miles) or the Laggan Wolftrax at Strathmashie (32 miles). There is also a pumptrack within the village that is great fun for all the family.

Give canoeing, kayaking or stand up paddleboarding a go on the sparkling waters of either Loch Morlich (12 miles) or Loch Insh (14 miles) where archery, tubing, windsurfing or dry slope skiing are on offer as well. For fun on the real slopes it is an easy drive to the Cairngorm Mountain ski resort (15 miles).

Local Events and Attractions


Please note: while we make every effort to be as accurate as possible, the actual position of the cottage indicated on the map above and the proximity of the amenities in the Local Info section cannot be guaranteed to be precise and should be used as a guide only.



Single Storey

(2 steps up to front door)
Sitting room with wood-burning stove, smart TV, Apple TV and Wii
Kitchen/dining room with double electric oven, ceramic hob, American style fridge/freezer, nespresso coffee machine, washing machine, microwave, etc
Double bedroom with en suite shower room with WC and wash basin
Double bedroom
Twin bedroom
Bathroom with bath, separate shower, WC and wash basin.

What's included

Linen (Double Bed)
Linen (Single Bed)
Sets of towels (per person)
Travel Cot (excluding linen)

Available Extras



Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. The first £30 of electricity INCLUDED with any additional usage payable by meter reading at the end of your stay. Heating is by electric panel heaters, night storage heaters and wood-burning stove (fuel INCLUDED). WiFi is INCLUDED. A maximum of 2 dogs are welcome at an additional charge (2 large, 2 medium or 2 small). If you wish to bring any other pets please contact us and we will see what we can do. No smoking.



The calendar below shows dates which are either available or booked for this property. Use the Book Now menu above to select your desired holiday dates.

Changeover Day: Fri

Booked Available

Weekly Prices

The weekly guide prices for this property are shown below. Use the availability & book sidebar on the right to select your holiday or calculate short break rates (where available).

Changeover Day: Fri

Rental - Date Range Sleeps 6
31 May 2024 - 20 Jun 2024 £1,295.00
21 Jun 2024 - 18 Jul 2024 £1,495.00
19 Jul 2024 - 22 Aug 2024 £1,595.00
23 Aug 2024 - 12 Sep 2024 £1,295.00
13 Sep 2024 - 03 Oct 2024 £1,095.00
04 Oct 2024 - 24 Oct 2024 £1,295.00
25 Oct 2024 - 19 Dec 2024 £995.00
20 Dec 2024 - 27 Dec 2024 £1,495.00
28 Dec 2024 - 05 Jan 2025 £1,495.00
06 Jan 2025 - 30 Jan 2025 £995.00
31 Jan 2025 - 03 Apr 2025 £1,095.00
04 Apr 2025 - 24 Apr 2025 £1,295.00
25 Apr 2025 - 01 May 2025 POA
02 May 2025 - 22 May 2025 POA
23 May 2025 - 29 May 2025 POA
30 May 2025 - 26 Jun 2025 POA
27 Jun 2025 - 17 Jul 2025 POA
18 Jul 2025 - 28 Aug 2025 POA
29 Aug 2025 - 11 Sep 2025 POA
12 Sep 2025 - 02 Oct 2025 POA
03 Oct 2025 - 23 Oct 2025 POA
24 Oct 2025 - 18 Dec 2025 POA
19 Dec 2025 - 27 Dec 2025 POA
28 Dec 2025 - 05 Jan 2026 POA
06 Jan 2026 - 05 Jan 2027 POA
06 Jan 2027 - 05 Jan 2028 POA
06 Jan 2028 - 05 Jan 2029 POA

Please note: Prices are calculated based on your party size at the time of booking. If your party size changes for any reason after booking, please let us know so we can ensure the accommodation provided meets your exact requirements.


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Mallard was in an excellent location in Boat of Garden. The house was spacious, clean and the furnishings were of a high...

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Comfortable and well equipped house in a fantastic beautiful and quiet setting


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