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The Boat Country Inn & Restaurant

Boat of Garten, Highland

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The Boat Country Inn is an amazing lodging choice at Boat of Garten for your trip to Cairngorms National Park.

Our picturesque surroundings in the heart of the Scottish Highlands provide the perfect backdrop for savouring the hearty, seasonal food on our menu, and the carefully nurtured beers, lagers and fine wines gracing our bar.

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29 December 2019

Just happened by the Boat Country Inn & Restaurant and stopped for lunch. Excellent soup of the day (butternut squash) and cheesy garlic bread. We are visiting Scotland from Atlanta USA. The staff was very friendly and welcoming. Best lunch we’ve had thus far. More...

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27 December 2019

Great food. Great rooms. Great location. Mid winter weekend.

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26 December 2019

I stayed here for 2 night from Christmas Eve and can not fault this place! ||||I stayed with my husband, daughter and our dog. The room was nice and had a little outside area with decking which would be stunning in the summer to sit outside with a drink. The room itself was nicely decorated and very clean, the bathroom was a good size and had a bath which was nice.||||We ate in the hotel both nights and the menu had a good choice of items and the food itself didn’t take too long to arrive and was very tasty! Breakfast was great and the staff couldn’t do enough for you.||||What amazed me the most was how much effort went into everything for Christmas- the place was decorated beautifully and on Christmas Day Santa was sitting in the hall handing out presents he spend ages taking to my little girl and when she opened her my little pony I was very impressed it’s not just the usual tat you normally get. Our dog also got a present from Santa so she wasn’t left out at all. ||||Overall an amazing experience and I would 100% recommend this hotel to anyone. More...

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26 December 2019

Very welcoming

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17 December 2019

A lovely traditional Scottish hotel which always has the real fires lit. Staff are friendly and welcoming.. Great Christmas decorations., Very festive.

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17 December 2019

Cozy friendly Inn in superb location with fantastic views. Staff very helpful and attentive. Wonderful hot and plentiful cooked breakfast, with great choice, including Eggs Benedict, (although coffee was lukewarm). Dinner good, but only served in bar, not dining room (maybe as hotel very quiet). Bar was cozy with nice log fire. Wine very expensive at £10 for large glass of red. We booked a double 'suite', which consisted of a large bedroom and a seperate bathroom. seperated by a small hall. In my experience, a hotel suite has always included a seperate living space, so I feel this description is misleading. Not expensive though so I guess you get what you pay for. I believe there is a suite which does have this though, along with a better shower, so choose carefully! The four poster bed was very comfortable, and the roll top bath was good. Unfortunately the shower was small, weak and shower head was old and leaking. The room was cold on arrival as all the thermostats were turned off. There were no bath robes or mineral water supplied, as described on the website. Overall, pleasant enough, but disappointed that did not live up to expectation, as per the description on website (Booking.com). I would rate as 3*, not 4* as advertised. Having said all that, I would probably go back, but with lower expectations, and probably book a different suite. More...

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17 December 2019

Had a great stay at this hotel. The staff are very friendly, and the hotel has been recently refurbished which makes it a very comfortable place to stay. The portions of food are huge and very tasty, so go on a diet before you head up there! Very cozy and lovely place to stay. More...

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17 December 2019

Me and my daughter had a lovely stay..Room was good for us both..Dinner was really nice and good portion sizes..Breakfast was very nice and cooked perfectly. .Staff were very helpful and polite ..Hotel was all done up with lights and Xmas Tree and cosey Fire ..I recommend a wee stay at this hotel X More...

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10 December 2019

Still enjoying our stay

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3 December 2019

Bon emplacement, chaleureux, très bon bar chambre propre. Très hon hôtel etape

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3 December 2019

Easy access with dog-friendly spacious garden room, with good warm accommodation and excellent food. very friendly staff. Excellent walking areas in beautiful surrounding countryside . Easy access to Aviemore and local distilleries More...

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30 November 2019

Lovely hotel in a great location close to the Strathspey Steam Railway and Boat of Garten golf club. Very friendly staff and good food. Rooms have been updated since our previous visit and it made our stay more comfortable. We will be back. More...

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30 November 2019

Friendly welcoming staff with lovely warm fire in entrance hall. Generously sized, comfortable and relaxing room with French window to the garden. Beautiful food and aware of food allergy needs. Happy to go back. More...

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27 November 2019

Steak pie was really good.

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14 November 2019

Lovely inviting InnRaring fireBeautifully made sponge cake with a hot drink. Great to warm up after a long walk.

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14 November 2019

Nice

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7 November 2019

Great friendly service

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31 October 2019

I had the fish pie and mr friends had steak pie home made chips the staff were fantastic met some great folk in there great meal had by all fully recommend it great setting over the canel can also take dogs as long as you sit out in bar or outside but not restaurant side

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31 October 2019

Got a great deal, dinner included which was a surprise! Amazing food, lots of choice, great price drinks. Staff were super friendly, room was clean. Really easy into aviemore and 1/3 of the price for the weekend. Would definitely stay again! More...

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31 October 2019

Amazing typical Scottish place

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28 October 2019

Wonderful location at the Boat of Garten. A fantastic jacket potato, beans, cheese and salad with a pot of coffee. Can't complain whilst undertaking the Lands end to John o Groats bike ride challenge. I'm sure I'll be back again!

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28 October 2019

Very nice hotel. Food good and scenery round about is fabulous.

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28 October 2019

The room was very nice, modern and clean. The building is old and the stairs are very narrow and worn. The water pressure is like a trickle not enjoyable. Staff is friendly and town is pictureous. Great location for day trips to the Carigorn area. More...

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28 October 2019

Having read some mixed reviews my wife and I were unsure what to expect. However we were more than happy with our stay. After a friendly welcome, we found our room to be spacious and fairly recently refurbished by the looks of it. We had dinner in the restaurant and were impressed with the service. Our only negative comment was that we suspect the mashed potatoes were from a packet and not the real thing! Breakfast was perfectly adequate and again the service was good. We would definitely return here, More...

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28 October 2019

This is a lovely country Inn, stopped of for dinner, and had the Sunday roast, wow what a plate full, excellent, most enjoyable and a well presented meal, served by very friendly staff, and great service from the bar man who welcomed us and showed us to our table.

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28 October 2019

Had the absolute pleasure of spending a couple of nights in large cosy bedroom with decking overlooking the gardens and the train station . . friendly staff, excellent bar with knowledgeable staff, good locally sourced food and a lovely relaxed atmosphere.. I read it was a little tired and indeed it is, but adds to the charm of the rickety flooring etc .. no chain hotel rooms again adds to the charm .. thoroughly recommend a stay in a big comfy chair with dog at your feet.. happy days More...

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28 October 2019

Chaleureux, propre et fonctionnel.Calme et reposant

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28 October 2019

The new look Boat is gorgeous with friendly, attentive staff and mouth watering food. There's a large selection of drinks and it has it's own gin distillery in the spacious bar area, a great place to meet up with friends!

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28 October 2019

My Sister & I were renting a house nearby for our holiday. We were intending to cook but as it was our last night we went out. I used to live in the area so knew the restaurant. The restaurant itself is nicely decorated but I was left feeling a bit stressful as the ambiance wasn't relaxing. There was a couple sitting at the next table who's behaviour was appalling. More suited to their room than a restaurant. I feel the staff should have said something as there were children in the restaurant and they had noticed the couple. We just had a main course and left as we felt uncomfortable. Food was good and prices are average for this kind of restaurant. There is parking but it's limited although you can park on the road. We would go back again. More...

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28 October 2019

We have just returned from a few days away staying at the boathouse. We had a family room on B&B basis although dinner was included on the first night and for the we paid I cannot complain. A very warm welcome from start to finish with good pub style food and some decent beers on tap also. We stayed in the annex which was ideal for us and right next to the strathspey railway so my wee boy was super excited when the steam engine pulled in, he even got to sit in the tractor with the driver, perfect weekend More...

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28 October 2019

Well placed comfortable hotelSensible pricing for popular area

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28 October 2019

Stayed at The Boat Country Inn on a Sunday, got a really good deal for two adults and two children. Having read some of the recent reviews we were a little sceptical. .. however, we had the most wonderful stay. The staff couldn’t have been more helpful and friendly, nothing was too much trouble and they were so welcoming. The owners were so kind, took the time to speak to the boys and learn their names, just felt very homely.|Our room was lovely and bright, the boys loved their own special beds and it was a great adventure. The food was good, lots of choice. Beautiful view of the train station and hills from our room.|We had a great stay and will definitely be back soon! Thank you for making our first mini adventure so ace More...

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28 October 2019

Nice place, beautiful hotel. The food in the pub is good, just stay away from the grouse.

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28 October 2019

Very friendly and very welcoming

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30 September 2019

The friendly pub atmosphere was great. Its location is relatively central to many points of interest in the Highlands

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28 September 2019

We had a really beautiful room with a 4 poster bed. Really peaceful and overlooking the steam railway station and towards the valley containing the Spey. ||The room was clean and comfy and had a correctly sized TV for the dimensions of room. It had a lovely finished bathroom, with a separate bath (bliss after walking) and a shower.||||Evening meals in the bar were very busy - it was a bit disappointing as my first choice meal wasn't available. Breakfast was fine, though as you had to wait until 8am there was a mad rush at this time. The breakfast wasn't great - even the 'big' breakfast wasn't that big. My husband ordered the pancakes and bacon and it only came with 1 rasher! More...

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28 September 2019

We had a one night stay here on our way home from the far north and it is useful that it is a short distance away from the A9. A really sizeable room with a lovely view of the gardens, the steam railway and the mountains in the distance. The meal was pretty good in the evening and breakfast was fine. A very spacious and atmospheric bar area as well. More...

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28 September 2019

Stayed here for a couple of nights. Very pleased with my room, spacious and comfortable with good highland decor that wasn’t over the top. |Overall feel and decor of hotel is cosy and well done. Fairly good whiskey list and staff who are keen to help. |My only suggestion would be a bell on reception, I waited a few times for a member of staff to come by. The service could have been a bit more polished but I wonder if that’s actually what you want in the highlands or whether a more informal and homely feel is better. More...

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28 September 2019

We stayed just one night and only ate breakfast here. The cooked breakfasts we had were very tasty and the buffet was also very good. The service overall was good.||We had the first floor suite at the rear, overlooking the train station - a great view. The room was very spacious and clean. However, the main issue was the four poster bed - it squeaked with every movement, which obviously isn't conducive to a good night's sleep. I can't believe that no one has complained about it before so it was very disappointing that it hadn't been resolved by now. When we checked out, this was our only negative feedback to the girl on the desk. However, rather than apologise, she made a joke about what we might have been doing in the bed to make it squeak. What a shame - with more attention to customer satisfaction this could be a really good place to stay. More...

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25 September 2019

Great place to stay

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25 September 2019

We stayed just one night and only ate breakfast here. The cooked breakfasts we had were very tasty and the buffet was also very good. The service overall was good.||We had the first floor suite at the rear, overlooking the train station - …Read more on TripAdvisor More...

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24 September 2019

Stayed here for a couple of nights. Very pleased with my room, spacious and comfortable with good highland decor that wasn’t over the top. |Overall feel and decor of hotel is cosy and well done. Fairly good whiskey list and staff who are …Read more on TripAdvisor More...

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22 September 2019

Good food with a scottish/indian twist.

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22 September 2019

We had a one night stay here on our way home from the far north and it is useful that it is a short distance away from the A9. A really sizeable room with a lovely view of the gardens, the steam railway and the mountains in the distance. …Read more on TripAdvisor More...

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22 September 2019

We had a really beautiful room with a 4 poster bed. Really peaceful and overlooking the steam railway station and towards the valley containing the Spey. ||The room was clean and comfy and had a correctly sized TV for the dimensions of …Read more on TripAdvisor More...

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22 September 2019

Comfortable quiet room with modern bathroom. Located to the rear of the hotel overlooking garden so quiet. Food well prepared and tasty catering for three generations in our party ! Staff attentive and friendly.

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