To Do

explore strathspey

Aldon Lodge is an ideal base for the vast number of outdoor activities and sports in the area, especially golf, fishing, walking and cycling. 

Please see below a selection of highlights and links to websites for more information. The Boat of Garten website has a wealth of information as does Visit Cairngorms.

We would be delighted to make recommendations for you for local attractions, also for dining too.

Please do let us know if you have any special requirements too, we are only too happy to help. 

highlights

Ospreys and Bird Watching

The area in and around Aldon Lodge is famous for it’s abundance of bird watching opportunities, whether taking a simple walk or locating a hide-out, you will not be disappointed. From Ospreys to Kingfisher, Woodpeckers to Sandpipers. The RSPB website has lots of information. The Loch Garten Ospreys feeding is a sight not to be missed!

Fishing

Within a short walk is the beautiful River Spey, one of Scotland’s most famous rivers. The river provides sought after opportunities for salmon fishing, brown trout and pike. If you require permits we would be delighted to point you in the right direction.

Walking

The are offers extensive local walks and trails with breathtaking views and for all levels of athleticism. We are ideally placed for the iconic Spey Side Way and the munros, corbetts and scrambles of the Cairngorms.

Golf

Boat of Garten Golf Club is home to one of Highland’s most prestigious courses, visitors are welcome, more information on their website. There is an excellent choice of top courses in the area, from the Championship 18 Hole course in Spey Valley, to the challenging wee 9 Hole course in Carr Bridge. Many visitors to the area enjoy a Golf Safari!

Biking

There are miles of mountain bike trails right on our doorstep though the nearby Spey Side Way and Rothiemurchus interconnecting you with the tracks to the famous lochs. Wolftrax in Laggan and the Glenlivet Mountain Bike Trail Centres are all within a practical distance. For road cyclists we are on the famous Sustrans Route 7 linking Sunderland to Inverness!

Watersports

We are lucky to have two great lochs nearby, the great widening of the Spey at Loch Insh and Loch Morlich nr Glenmore. The Loch Insh Outdoor Centre provides windsurfing, stand up paddle boarding, sailing, kayaking, open canoeing and river trips. Loch Morlich at Glenmore on the Ski Road. Either offer stunning locations and excellent hospitality.

Skiing

Whether you like downhill, cross-county or ski mountaineering Aldon Lodge is ideally located to access the best venues the Cairngorms has to offer. The Lecht Ski Centre is a short drive away, offering great snow sports. The Cairngorm Mountain slightly higher with more pistes. Both are great areas for ski-touring and offer refreshments to warm up after a day on the slopes.

Whisky

Enjoy a dram or two of Spey Side’s local whiskies! The Spey River is famous for providing the essential ingredient to the ‘The Water of Life’ or whisky. The region surrounding Aldon Lodge is known as ‘Malt Whisky Country’. Enjoy visiting the local distilleries or follow the famous Whisky Trail.

Retail and Groceries

Unlike many Highland villages we are fortunate to have retained a Post Office and two wee grocery stores, all within walking distance. Further afield in the resort town of Aviemore (5 miles) you will find an abundance of outdoor retailers and small supermarkets. Plus a couple of take-away restaurants! If you require any specialist fishing equipment we would be happy to recommend shops in Aviemore or nearby Grantown-on-Spey.

Featured Attraction and Dining

1896 Gallery & Coffee Shop

The 1896 Gallery & Coffee Shop, we are proud to say, is owned and run by the Gordon Family, your Aldon Lodge hosts.

The Gallery & Coffee Shop has quickly grown to become a local treasure featuring sumptuous baking, good quality coffee in the most relaxing and heartwarming of atmospheres. The Gallery features collections of all art forms from talented local artists and Highland designers.

We would be delighted to welcome our Aldon Lodge guests to 1896 so they can enjoy some simple pleasures, good cake and coffee and beautiful artwork. 1896 is just a 15 minute walk from the lodge, you wont be disappointed. 

Anderson's Restaurant

Anderson's is situated in the heart of the village. A menu to suit all tastes with local produce. They also offer themed nights, Wednesday Pie Night, Friday Fondue and Tartiflette!

Call 01479 831466 for Table Reservations.

 

 

 

 

Strathspey Steam Railway Co

A Dining Experience like no other is served as you steam through the Scottish Highlands.

From exclusive Summer Evening Dining through summer, weekly Traditional Sunday Lunches, or Daily Light Lunch and Afternoon Tea Specials there's plenty to chose from!

Cairngorm Mountain

Visit the UK’s highest Funicular Railway and one of Scotland’s Top 10 Visitor Attractions at over 3,500ft!

Explore the Cairngorm National Park with an experienced guide on an Essential Summit Trail to the top of Cairn Gorm.

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