Winter at the Boat House

The Snug at Christmas time

Escape to the Cairngorms and celebrate a magical Christmas at The Boat House…

Winter is the favourite time of the year for many of us lucky people who live here and Christmas often the highlight.  The glowing white mountains during the past week reminded us that over the winter months they can look like the stunning backdrop to a movie.  If you are lucky and it snows then you may feel like you have stepped through the wardrobe into Narnia! Except we don’t think there were hairy Highland cows and calves in the field next to Mr Tumnus’s house.

Rothiemurchus looks magical on sparkling winter days.  The clear Northern light shows up the silver greys, creamy yellow of the lichens and birch barks, the blue-green of the huge juniper bushes which are such a special part of Rothiemurchus forest and the reddish-brown trunks and branches of the Scots Pines.  Today, it was 12 deg. warmer than last week – above The Boat House, Buzzards were ‘mewing’ and at the top of the garden a Red Squirrel, one of the U.K.s most endangered species, was very busy running around storing food.

Loch an Eilein, Rothiemurchus, winter, photographer Neil McIntyre
Loch an Eilein

The toasty warm Boat House and glowing log stoves welcome you ‘home’ after ambling through a tunnel of ancient beech trees along the bank of River Spey, swishing through beech leaves beside the drive and inspiring walks through gnarled Scots Pines around by Loch an Eilein.  If you want to try something different with a brilliant instructor or guide, learn to shoot clays, or go behind the scenes on an invigorating quad trek or Ranger-led Land Rover Tour.

Rothiemurchus Clay Target Shooting Ground

In the evenings after a long soak in one our fabulous tubs, enjoy being together around a candle-lit table and then ‘coorie in’ in front of the fire, play a game with the family or watch a film…


The Boat House, Luxury Self-Catering, Rothiemurchus, Bathroom, Roll Top Bath, Candles
The Lounge, The Boathouse luxury self catering Rothiemurchus