Nethybridge, 3 miles from the house, has a well stocked village shop/Post Office, an excellent butcher’s shop, great cafe as well as a hotel (which does good meals) and a great visitor centre. It also has a small playpark, tennis courts, a football pitch and a fun nine-hole golf course.
Boat of Garten (4 miles) has two village shops, and a Post Office, a magnificent golf course, fantastic gallery and a few lovely places to eat more substantial meals. It is also on the newly re-opened steam railway line with a great cafe on the platform.
The town of Grantown-on-Spey is 9 miles away with a thriving high street of independent shops, cafes, banks, leisure centre (with swimming pool), health centre and dentist . You can also hire bikes here and there is a fun bike park and trails in the adjacent Anagach woods.
The popular outdoor pursuits resort of Aviemore is approximately 10 miles away and has a supermarket, leisure centre with swimming pool, soft-play, spa facilities and selection of shops and cafes to choose from. There is also the excellent Spey Valley golf course.
Limited public transport is available from Nethy Bridge.
Aviemore is the nearest main railway station and Inverness is the nearest airport.
It was great to have some returning guests from May, when the guidelines changed, as well as visitors who had shifted their holidays from last year.
Snippets from the guestbook below show how much everyone was delighted to be somewhere new; and Braenedin, the Spey Valley and the Cairngorms didn't disappoint. We love reading these for loads of reasons; they give us a warm glow, to check what wildlife has been spotted and getting new ideas for walks or activities to try.
The Scottish Government stated that the guidelines on self-catering will change from Friday 25 September 2020. There is now a one household restriction in self-catering properties, in-line with the restrictions in private homes in Scotland.