Cabins, Chalets & Lodges in the Cairngorms

When it comes to idyllic nature-immersed settings with all the possible trimmings, the Cairngorms is where dreams become reality.

The idea of retreating to a gorgeous log cabin, chalet or lodge in the Cairngorms National Park is the stuff that holiday dreams, not to mention Hollywood movies, are made of and, with all the choice here, you can bring that vision to your life.

Lodges are perfect places to celebrate
Lodges are perfect places to celebrate
There is something so comforting about staying in a wood-clad dwelling, made complete with a roaring fire and a tipple of your choice, from whisky to wine to hot chocolate!

The late Linda McCartney articulated a common human yearning, or “day dream”, when she talked about how, as a young girl, she fantasised about living in a log cabin at the foot of a mountain and returning to it, after being out in nature, “to the cabin, with a big open fire, a record player and peace”.

Crofts of Cairngorm
Crofts of Cairngorm
Home isn’t a place, it’s a feeling… so said author Cecilia Ahern.

And you will get that homely feeling staying in a cabin, lodge or chalet in the Cairngorms.

If you really want to add frills and up the ‘hygge’ factor, then some lodges, cabins and chalets in the Cairngorms also boast hot tubs, bars, games rooms and saunas!

Remember to book early, however, as these premium chalets often book up quickly.


Where are the most idyllic chalets and lodges located?

There are many idyllically located chalets and lodges in the Cairngorms National Park. For instance, you can find them loch-side at Loch Insh, or near the ski road for snowsports or in the grounds of a castle – take your pick! Browse the listings for full details, or read our articles for more inspiration.

What makes for an unforgettable luxury lodge experience?

To make lodges and chalets in the Cairngorms National Park even more dream-like, add in a hot tub, sauna or games room. And, of course, especially in winter there’s nothing better than snuggling up in front of roaring wood fire. Some also have their own bars, as well as settings in the middle of wilderness far from any other properties.

Do lodges and chalets tend to get booked up well in advance?

It’s certainly true that lodges and chalets are very popular and, particularly the most idyllic ones, book up sometimes months and even years in advance. Book early is definitely advisable to secure your place.

Can I bring my pet to the accommodation?

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.

what about wifi?

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 that you might be used to. Indeed, some of our visitors come here because they want to get away from wifi and digitally detox!

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