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Bow Cottage and Ben Rinnes View are two detached Scottish holiday cottages, ideally located in the heart of Speyside. From here, you can unwind amongst the mountains, lochs, glens and forests, walk the pathways of the beautiful Moray Firth coastline, see a vast array of wildlife, lose yourself in countless years of history and excite your senses in the whisky world capital.
Just to the south of the holiday cottages are the Cairngorm Mountains where you can take the highest mountain railway in Scotland and explore the beautiful Caledonian pine forests. The Cairngorms, along with the close by Lecht ski centre, attract snowboarders and skiers from across Britain. The stunning Loch an Eilein is a walk we would recommend, the Strathspey Steam Railway is a wonderful journey where you can take afternoon tea as you travel through the Scottish countryside and catch glimpses of the winding River Spey.
Speyside Scotland offers everything from water sports to walking, cycling to fishing, golfing to surfing. The holiday cottages owner is a qualified mountain bike instructor and offers guided rides or tuition around the myriad mountain bike trails or can just suggest Scottish Highland rides that will suit your style of riding.
You can directly access the Speyside Way from your holiday cottage and enjoy riverside and forest walks. Why not climb the 840 metre Ben Rinnes, which is visible from your holiday cottage. The mountain provides a good climb and rewards you with the most spectacular views of eight counties, the Cairngorms and the Moray Firth coastline from it’s summit.
Look out for Pine Marten, Red Squirrel, Red and Roe Deer and Otters. Up above are Ospreys and even Golden Eagle. A visit to the Scottish Highlands Wildlife Park is a great day out where you can see the UK’s only Polar Bear and a range of exciting animals ranging from Amur Tigers to beautiful Red Pandas. The RSPB Osprey Centre at Loch Garten offers fantastic views of these magnificent birds when they are on their annual nesting visit.
Art lovers can explore the Scottish Highland’s myriad galleries. If you would like to try your hand at something arty, the owner can arrange for you to dye wool, throw a pot, create textural embroidery, felt, explore the wonders of watercolour painting, knit, learn to spin and even make your own unique buttons!
Both Speyside holiday cottages are located on the the only malt whisky trail in the world, The Whisky Trail of Speyside! Seven working distilleries can easily be visited from here as you follow the trail through the Scottish countryside.
Finally, the National Geographic highly recommended Moray Firth coastline lies within easy reach. Offering rocky shores, windswept cliffs, fishing villages, long sheltered inner firths and long sandy beaches, where you can follow in the footsteps of Romans, Vikings, Kings and Dinosaurs. Some of the biggest Bottlenose Dolphins in the world live in these waters and you occasionally see them feeding on the fish of the Moray Firth along side the Firth’s seals .
Exciting activities for your holiday in Speyside