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Right beside the Boat of Garten Golf Course near Aviemore, The Boat is in an ideal location for enjoying outdoor activities. It offers boutique luxury at good value.
Each elegantly furnished room is individually designed, and some feature four-poster beds. All rooms have TVs with DVD players, as well as premium bedding.
Designed for adventure-lovers, The Boat offers ski equipment and bike rentals. There's also a cosy library and private garden. Wi-Fi is available throughout.
The hotel's bistro serves classic Scottish dishes made with local produce, while the bar has a range of whiskies. A cooked breakfast is included in the room rate.
Situated within the Cairngorms National Park, The Boat has hiking trails on the doorstep. It's a 10-minute drive from the Cairngorm Ski Resort.
The Cathedral Church of St Andrew is generally referred to as Inverness Cathedral. The architect Alexander Ross designed it and it dates from 1866. It is the seat of the Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness. There is a gift shop within the Cathedral and tea-rooms which are open daily throughout the summer. Entry is free.
Jacobite offer a number of cruises on Loch Ness. One such cruise called 'inspiration' lasts an hour and takes passengers around Urquhart castle and along the deepest waters of the loch. At the other end of the spectrum, a six and a half hour cruise includes a visit of the castle and of the battlefield at Culloden. There are several other cruises available as well, which can be found on the Jacobite website. Prices vary according to the chosen cruise with reduced fares for categories such as children, students, seniors. Families can also benefit from discounts. Toilets facilities are present on all the boats as well as drinks and snacks. There are several pick-up points detailed on the web site.
The Highland Games take place over two days in July each year. Events comprise the traditional mix of athletics, Highland dancing and piping competitions. The emphasis is on "heavy" athletics such as shot putting, hammer throwing, tug-of-war and tossing the caber. The origin of these particular games is lost in history but there are records of fund-raising in 1821 to revive the Games and they have continued ever since. Other attractions surrounding the Games include a concert, clan gathering, funfair and craft stalls. The Games are staged in the large Bught Park and entrance is unlikely to be limited.