Cairngorm B&B / Guest Houses

The Cairngorms is famous for the warm highland welcome it gives guests. Especially if you choose to stay in a B&B or guest house, where your hosts make your stay even more memorable and magical…

No two B&Bs are the same, each with their own unique quirks, characteristics and locations. Whatever kind of more personal accommodation experience you are looking for, you will find it.  

B&Bs and Guest Houses provide the ultimate warm Highland welcome

Visitors frequently return year after year to the same B&B or Guest House and this is often because, by the end of their stay, they feel like they have forged a connection with their hosts as it's a much more personal experience than some other accommodation options.

The Highlands is also famous for its characters, and visitors often report loving the stories and behind-the-scenes look that staying in this type of accommodation lends itself to.

If you like the personal touch when it comes to customer service, then you'll love B&Bs and Guest Houses in the Cairngorms.

Local B&B and Guest House owners often say the reason they run their business is because they love meeting people from all different walks of life, from all over the globe.

Consequently, TripAdvisor reviews for this area are full of guests saying how friendly their hosts are, and how they go out of their way to help them, whether it's suggesting the best hidden gem bike routes or the perfect restaurant for dinner!


I want to stay somewhere that cares about the environment. Any suggestions?

Look out for the ‘Green Tourism’ award that is held by some B&Bs and guest houses, which will be displayed next to their listing.

Where is best to stay?

It completely depends on what kind of experience you are after. Do you want to have facilities and services on your doorstep, or do you want a wilderness experience away from other accommodation or people? The Cairngorms National Park has a huge variety of accommodation to suit all.

Location wise, Aviemore is the tourism hub of the park where you’ll find the most facilities such as several supermarkets, outdoor shops, cafes, restaurants, bars, tourist information, train station, leisure facilities etc. Other bigger settlements with comprehensive facilities and services include Grantown-on-Spey, Kingussie, Braemar and Ballater.

If you are after a quieter location, you’d be well advised to consider in staying in one of the many charming villages in the Park. See our Communities page for more information.

Are there any accreditation schemes that can help me compare accommodation?

Yes. Accredited businesses will have VisitScotland, AA and other industry award logos appear alongside their listing.

What about wifi in the Cairngorms?

Most accommodation offers wifi and staff will be able to give you details on arrival. Similarly, the vast majority of restaurants, bars and cafes will also offer wifi. However, do bear in mind that there are some very remote, rural locations in the Park so wifi can be slower than you might be used to. Indeed, some of our visitors come here because they want to get away from wifi and digitally detox!

Can I bring my pet?

That will depend on the particular accommodation so the best thing to do is contact them before you book to check. However, dogs in particular are welcomed warmly all over the Park, in many of the cafes and restaurants. There are so many wonderful walks to take your four legged friend on here just, please, respect the rules and walk your dog responsibly – see this page on outdoor access for more information.

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