Things to Do

There are great community websites for both Boat of Garten and Nethybridge which will provide lots of useful information on the local activites and events going on during your visit.

Child friendly Attractions (links to be added)

There are many but our top recommendations include:

Steam Railway at Boat of Garten which makes regular trips between Broomhill Station and Aviemore, and stops at Boat of Garten.

The Landmark Visitor Centre at Carrbridge is great for kids.

The Rothiemurchus and Revack Estate have good visitor Centres and

The Heather Centre at Dulnain Bridge is good on a nice day.

The Funicular Railway at Cairngorm Mountain is less than half an hour away, open all year round and allows great views of Loch Morlich and over Strathspey.

Pat a reindeer at the only wild reindeer herd in the UK (

The Highland Wildlife Park at Kincraig part of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland,it focuses on conservation and protecting endangered species. There are polar bears and tigers as well as some indigenous species.

These are only a few of the activities and amenities available when you visit Abernethy, there are many more, both locally and further afield with these are sure you will enjoy your visit to Braenedin Cottage.


There are many local museums including The Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore ( ) gives visitors an idea, including interaction, of how Highland people lived and worked from the 1700s up until the 1960s. It’s free and much more interesting than its name suggests for adults and kids alike. There’s another interesting local museum in Grantown.

Castles and History

You find historic buildings many sites from abandoned crofts to regal castles all of which have there own particular stories to tell. Nearby castles and historic sites include Catle Roy by Nethy Bridge and Ruthven Barracks near Kingussie. Further afield are Culloden Battlefield, Cawdor Castle, Ballindalloch Castle (open to the public during the less wintery months), Brodie Castle and more.

Latest News

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.

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