There are many reasons to visit the Cairngorms. Whether you are an adrenaline junkie or prefer a more gentler way of life, The Cairngorm National Park offers everything you could ever want.
Granite Cottage, in the village of Nethy Bridge, is situated in the beautiful Cairngorms National Park where wildlife and outdoor activities abound. Hillwalking and rambling are popular all year round. During the winter, skiers and snow boarders flock to the slopes of the Cairngorm Mountain Resort.
Nethy Bridge is situated in the heart of Strathspey between Aviemore and Grantown on Spey, making it an excellent base for exploring the Cairngorms. Visitors have been drawn here since the Victorian times and it’s easy to see why. The dramatic landscape presents a thrilling environment to explore. Wildlife is in abundance and enthusiasts gravitate to catch a glimpse of the red squirrels, wild deer and ospreys.
There is a village shop with Post Office 50 metres away, two hotels and an award winning butcher near the Thomas Telford bridge over the River Nethy that gives the village its name.
Granite Cottage is the perfect starting point for countless walking and cycling routes and if you want to travel further afield, Nethy Bridge is perfectly located as a hub for a truly unique Cairngorm experience.
Grantown on Spey
Surrounded by ancient woodlands, Grantown on Spey is a traditional highland town, full of charm and only 15 minutes away from Nethy Bridge.
The town’s Square and High Street are lined with unique and independent shops selling everything from children’s clothes to whisky, fishing lines to pottery. There are numerous cafes, bars and restaurants offering a wide range of meals, drinks and snacks to suit all tastes and pockets.
The town is steeped in history and where better to find out more than Grantown Museum. It has many exhibits from Queen Victoria’s royal visit, to the Finlarig Pictish Stone. A visit to Lochindorb Castle is not to be missed. Built on a man made island in a remote loch, the Castle makes the perfect backdrop for a well deserved lunch after a long walk. The loch makes pretty good trout fishing too.
Twenty minutes drive from Nethy Bridge is the bustling town of Aviemore. It’s not only the skiing capital of Britain, but a popular holiday destination all year round. You can get anything you need for your outdoor holiday, it’s the perfect one stop shop. It’s packed with a massive variety of cafes, pubs, restaurants and, if you want to take full advantage of Granite Cottage’s kitchen, a well stocked supermarket.
Don’t forget to look out for the Olympic monument, opened by Sebastian Coe in 2007 to celebrate the achievements of local Olympic athletes and the gold post box celebrating local athletes triumphs in the Olympics 2012.
Loch Ness is about a 75 minute drive through stunning landscapes.
There is no doubt that the mythical Loch Ness Monster has made the largest loch in Scotland legendary, but don’t overlook it’s charming scenery. One of the many joys of exploring Loch Ness is it’s natural beauty.
Of course, no visit here is complete without seeing The Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition. It tells the story of the Loch through the ages to the present day, and is a great way to keep the kids entertained.