Badenoch is an area in the South West of the Cairngorms, South of Aviemore and North of Blair Atholl and one of the first places you come to, as you travel North up the A9 from the Lowlands of Scotland. Here we highlight some of the top accommodation in Badenoch the Storylands where you can immerse yourself in the local Highland culture and landscape and explore these great places.
This selection of cosy and stylish self catering properties with wood burning stoves are ideally situated in the village of Newtonmore with village shops and pubs in walking distance. Newtonmore is home to the Clan Macpherson Museum with a large collection of historical artefacts and is a short drive from Dalwhinnie (the highest in Scotland) where you can enjoy a whisky and chocolate tour and tasting at the Distillery. On a Saturday afternoon (March-September) you can catch the local shinty team in action at The Eilan.
5 Star Splendour & opulent luxury, topped with generous South African hospitality and beautiful views from the rooms make this new addition (Winter 2022) to Kingussie an exciting place to stay. Kingussie is a great base to explore Ruthven Barracks from and boasts some great independent shops. They also have their own shinty team who are great rivals on the pitch with Newtonmore and you can catch their home games at The Dell on a Saturday afternoon through the season.
This very spacious (inside & out) self-catering house in the village of Kincraig is full of Edwardian character. This house has everything you need to escape with family and friends in great comfort. Situated right on the Speyside Way, biking adventures are on your doorstep and the Loch Insh Outdoor Centre is a short walk away. Next door is the award winning Old Post Office Cafe, a real gem in the Cairngorms.
There is a brilliant selection of places to stay on this world famous ‘Glenbogle’ Estate home to Monarch of the Glen. Whilst you can’t stay in the castle itself, if you stay in one of the cottages you can book exclusive tours of the main reception rooms of Ardverikie Castle to see inside a family home which has remained largely untouched since it was built in the nineteenth century as the ultimate expression of Victorian Gothic splendour. Nowadays the Estate prides itself on its fight against climate change producing zero carbon renewables since 1990 with their own hydro power station. This is a really beautiful place to base yourself to explore the Badenoch the Storylands area.
Enjoying a picturesque location overlooking the hills of Badenoch, Laggan Glamping have four luxury ‘posh pods’ so you can enjoy the outdoors with all the comforts of indoors. Pizza and breakfast can also be delivered to your door! Ideally located for exploring the prehistoric hill fort of Dun da Lamh dating back to 500AD or getting your adrenaline fix at Laggan Wolftrax Mountain Biking Trail Centre.
Loch Insh Outdoor Centre has a brilliant selection of accommodation from large group accommodation in Insh Hall, lots of chalets dotted around the site with stunning views of the loch and a further two apartments each sleeping 5. A fantastic base to explore the Badenoch area and with so much to do on site both on the loch itself with every kind of watersports imaginable, and on the land with a dry ski slope also offering tubing and archery too. All complimented by the onsite bar and restaurant with great views out over the loch.
If you enjoy beautiful views in a tranquil setting with a touch of luxury then this cosy, two bedroom bolt hole is perfect for you….. Just outside of the village of Kingussie and beside the RSPB Insh Marshes you can explore all the local attractions such as the Highland Wildlife Park close by within a short drive or cycle ride. After a day of adventures in Badenoch the Storylands you can return to the cottage and the huge wood burning stove in winter or alfresco dining and fire pit to enjoy in the summer.
Situated right beside the river this cosy cottage has every modern touch you would expect for a luxury stay including BBQ house and hot tub in the garden. Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts and wild swimmers this is a real haven. A short walk along a track across the road takes you to the Frank Bruce Sculpture Trail, a special place to visit which examines Scottish Culture and our relationship with others. The Sculptures were designed to return to the earth so are in varying states of decay. Another trail from the door takes you into Glen Feshie along the river bank and into stunning wild country.
The McInnes House Hotel strives to be a home away from home with a friendly welcome right on the high street in Kingussie. They have a great beer garden for the warmer summer months and a cosy fire to enjoy in the winter. The Hotel also has a restaurant in house and can cater as an exclusive use wedding venue. Ideally placed for a visit to the nearby Speyside Distillery where visits can be booked upon request. A small, hand-built, artisan distillery who still practise the art of hand distilling in time-honoured traditions.
These are just some of the accommodations you can stay at in Badenoch that offer fantastic Highland hospitality!
Download the Badenoch the Storylands App and explore stories and hidden gems of this amazing place. You can also get detailed walks and cycle routes as well as driving tours and augmented reality which will help you discover the Badenoch of old.
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