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Wildcat Lodge Guidebook

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Wildcat Lodge Guidebook

Wildlife
Grandpa Ron and Granny Tricia’s favourite trip with the weans. The Wildcat kittens are beyond cute - soon to be wild again.
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RZSS Highland Wildlife Park
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Grandpa Ron and Granny Tricia’s favourite trip with the weans. The Wildcat kittens are beyond cute - soon to be wild again.
On our doorstep, experience nature returning to the Highlands with an intact ecosystem.. I am a Trustee of Scotland the Big Picture - this is our base.
Glen Feshie
On our doorstep, experience nature returning to the Highlands with an intact ecosystem.. I am a Trustee of Scotland the Big Picture - this is our base.
Walk from Wildcat Lodge and explore the hidden gem of Glen Tromie - the secret rewilding glen, and home to wildcats (tip: dawn or dusk, at the edge of woodland).
Glen Tromie
Walk from Wildcat Lodge and explore the hidden gem of Glen Tromie - the secret rewilding glen, and home to wildcats (tip: dawn or dusk, at the edge of woodland).
We are within the RSPB nature reserve - borrow our binoculars or telescope and explore. We have white tailed eagles visiting this year.
RSPB Insh Marshes
We are within the RSPB nature reserve - borrow our binoculars or telescope and explore. We have white tailed eagles visiting this year.
Osprey heaven. You can borrow our binoculars.
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Loch Garten
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Osprey heaven. You can borrow our binoculars.
See where BBC Springwatch is filmed (tip: Chris and Michaela’s fireside seat is at Dell of Abernethy).
Abernethy Forest
See where BBC Springwatch is filmed (tip: Chris and Michaela’s fireside seat is at Dell of Abernethy).
Historic
A short cycle or train ride, back into highland history. Our grandchildren love the old school house. But beware the tawse!
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Highland Folk Museum
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A short cycle or train ride, back into highland history. Our grandchildren love the old school house. But beware the tawse!
A short walk away. Built by the Redcoats to keep the Jacobites in order.
Ruthven Barracks
A short walk away. Built by the Redcoats to keep the Jacobites in order.
Bonnie Prince Charlie met his match as the Jacobite clans were slaughtered by Cumberland's Redcoats. Visit the nearby Clava Stones if you want to travel back in time with Claire and Jamie. But don't forget to return to Wildcat Lodge.
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Culloden Moor
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Bonnie Prince Charlie met his match as the Jacobite clans were slaughtered by Cumberland's Redcoats. Visit the nearby Clava Stones if you want to travel back in time with Claire and Jamie. But don't forget to return to Wildcat Lodge.
Fun day out
A must for children aged 2 to 82.
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Strathspey Steam Railway
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A must for children aged 2 to 82.
An adventure play park in the forest - our grandchildren go every trip
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Landmark Forest Adventure Park
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An adventure play park in the forest - our grandchildren go every trip
Kayak, sail, canoe, paddle, or swim under the watchful eye of nesting ospreys. Take our tandem mountain bike along the trail and enjoy lunch at the cafe.
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Loch Insh Outdoor Centre
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Kayak, sail, canoe, paddle, or swim under the watchful eye of nesting ospreys. Take our tandem mountain bike along the trail and enjoy lunch at the cafe.
A lovely road cycle on NCR 7, or short scenic train ride, is rewarded with a fine dram. Fortunately, it is downhill on the way back. Please cycle our tandem responsibly!
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Dalwhinnie Distillery
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A lovely road cycle on NCR 7, or short scenic train ride, is rewarded with a fine dram. Fortunately, it is downhill on the way back. Please cycle our tandem responsibly!
Explore the forest and enjoy lunch at the cafe
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Rothiemurchus
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Explore the forest and enjoy lunch at the cafe
Pop along to say hello to the Cairngorm Reindeer herd. Check out the ‘Footsteps’ book at Wildcat Lodge.
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Cairngorm Reindeer Centre
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Pop along to say hello to the Cairngorm Reindeer herd. Check out the ‘Footsteps’ book at Wildcat Lodge.
The 'must see' castle of the Highlands, ideal for Nessie spotting
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Urquhart Castle
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The 'must see' castle of the Highlands, ideal for Nessie spotting
A lovely wee town with quirky shops and cafes.
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Grantown-on-Spey
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A lovely wee town with quirky shops and cafes.
Lynn and Sandra have transformed their croft into a rewilding paradise. Pre-book a visit or tour and learn how we can work with nature and restore our ecosystem. The pigs and Highlanders are cute too. Say you are staying at Ron and Tricia's place.
Lynbreck Croft
Lynn and Sandra have transformed their croft into a rewilding paradise. Pre-book a visit or tour and learn how we can work with nature and restore our ecosystem. The pigs and Highlanders are cute too. Say you are staying at Ron and Tricia's place.
Adventure
The mountains, the views, and the unique wildlife are on a grand scale. Be prepared if you venture into the high tops. I am Director of Access and Conservation for Mountaineering Scotland, so please take care.
Cairngorm Mountains
The mountains, the views, and the unique wildlife are on a grand scale. Be prepared if you venture into the high tops. I am Director of Access and Conservation for Mountaineering Scotland, so please take care.
Tricia's brother Andy will escort you on a mellow paddle down the River Ness
River Ness Rafting
5-7 Huntly Street
Tricia's brother Andy will escort you on a mellow paddle down the River Ness
The iconic loch in the Cairngorms. Walk round it, wild swim in it, sail on it, or just relax and enjoy.
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Loch Morlich
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The iconic loch in the Cairngorms. Walk round it, wild swim in it, sail on it, or just relax and enjoy.
One of Scotland's Premier MTB venues. The red runs scare me witless, but maybe you are brave enough....
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Laggan Wolftrax Mountain Biking Trail Centre
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One of Scotland's Premier MTB venues. The red runs scare me witless, but maybe you are brave enough....
Food scene
A short walk to the other side of the River Tromie, slightly longer on the way back. The same pure water as us - no wonder their whisky (and Byron gin) is good. Pre-book midweek for a tasting or tour, or visit The Snug in Aviemore (next to Tiso and Aldi).
Speyside Distillery Co
A short walk to the other side of the River Tromie, slightly longer on the way back. The same pure water as us - no wonder their whisky (and Byron gin) is good. Pre-book midweek for a tasting or tour, or visit The Snug in Aviemore (next to Tiso and Aldi).
There are lovely short and long walks around the forest village.
Nethy Bridge
There are lovely short and long walks around the forest village.
See how Wildcat Beer is brewed. Let Amanda know you are staying with Ron at Wildcat Lodge and she will give you a discount.
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The Cairngorm Brewery
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See how Wildcat Beer is brewed. Let Amanda know you are staying with Ron at Wildcat Lodge and she will give you a discount.
Fancy a night in with top quality local food delivered to you? These guys are good. Tell them you are staying at Ron and Tricia’s.
The Lunchbox Boys
Fancy a night in with top quality local food delivered to you? These guys are good. Tell them you are staying at Ron and Tricia’s.
The ultimate in local fine dinning, but expensive.
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The Cross
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The ultimate in local fine dinning, but expensive.
Follow National Cycle Route 7 to this wee cafe in Aviemore. Also the start and finish of the Aviemore Park Run. Saturdays 10.30 - a wee cracker through the woods and heather with Cairngorms views.
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Route 7 Cafe
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Follow National Cycle Route 7 to this wee cafe in Aviemore. Also the start and finish of the Aviemore Park Run. Saturdays 10.30 - a wee cracker through the woods and heather with Cairngorms views.
We have a well equipped and spacious kitchen at Wildcat Lodge, but if you fancy a lovely meal prepared delivered during your stay, this is a good option.
Speyside Kitchen
We have a well equipped and spacious kitchen at Wildcat Lodge, but if you fancy a lovely meal prepared delivered during your stay, this is a good option.
If you want to stock up on artisan produce, tweed n' tartan, stretch your legs on the Bruar Falls walk, or just break your journey on the A9, the 'Harrods of the Highlands' is 40 minutes from us.
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The House of Bruar
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If you want to stock up on artisan produce, tweed n' tartan, stretch your legs on the Bruar Falls walk, or just break your journey on the A9, the 'Harrods of the Highlands' is 40 minutes from us.
Looking to break your journey north? Stock up on artisan breads or enjoy a wee bowl of soup and a fruit scone.
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Blair Atholl Watermill
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Looking to break your journey north? Stock up on artisan breads or enjoy a wee bowl of soup and a fruit scone.
Please support our local artisan businesses - this little gem is on Kingussie High St.
THE CHEESE NEUK
20 High Street
Please support our local artisan businesses - this little gem is on Kingussie High St.
A lovely wee tearoom or lunch option if exploring Abernethy or the forest village of Nethy Bridge
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Nethy House Cafe & Rooms
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A lovely wee tearoom or lunch option if exploring Abernethy or the forest village of Nethy Bridge