The Bothy Project – Aviemore, Highland
- Bothy for 2
1 mezzanine double
The Bothy Project is itself the product of a project. It was built as part of a plan to establish a series of studios in diverse locations across Scotland where artists could hide themselves away and get creative. To read more about this imaginative attempt to mobilise the Scottish art community, take a look here.
During the summer months, the bothy is available for you to stay in and you can get as creative, or be as lazy, as you like. The Bothy Project invites you to try your hand at some rustic living. You cook on the wood-burner, shower in the fresh air and clamber up to the mezzanine bed for a peaceful night's sleep.
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Special Offer: Spring and early summer stays - Book a break at the Bothy from £80 a night for two, until the end of June. Was from £95!
Valid from 18/01/2013 till 30/06/2013
Price discounts have been automatically applied unless otherwise stated
Everything you need to know about The Bothy Project
The important stuff
Check in time is 4pm
Check out time is 10am
One well behaved pet is welcome
Sleeping arrangements1 mezzanine double
There is only the wood-burner for cooking
Shower attached to the bothy
Heating, lighting & bedding
Lighting - candles and lanterns
Bring your art stuff and join in the project!
By car - BEWARE SAT NAV, it will take you to the wrong house.
Take the A9 to Aviemore, at the roundabout at the south end of the town turn towards Coylumbridge, then take a right turn to Inshriach and Feshiebridge on the B970. After 4 miles go past the Inshriach Nursery Gardens and Inshriach Farm is your next turning on the right.
Aviemore is 4 miles from Inshriach, taxis or bikes can take you the rest of the way.
Come down the Spey. You enter Inshriach waters half a mile from Loch Insh, 2 miles later keep your eyes peeled for a yurt on your right hand side. Disembark.
Eating & drinking
At Inshriach House
The Old School Shop at Rothiemurchus sells meat from the neighbouring estate, as well as the best selection of whisky and wine in the area and good local cheeses. And right next door is the well-known Inshriach Alpine Nursery Garden where, as well as plants, there is an excellent cake (we can vouch for their delciousness) and coffee shop open every day except Wednesday. Whole cakes to take away can be ordered in advance.
The Ord Ban Restaurant, Aviemore (2 miles). An intimate space now open every night with excellent local food all beautifully prepared.
The Old Bridge Inn, Avienmore (2.5 miles). An excellent pub with fine food.
There are plenty of bars in Aviemore and a handful of distilleries within reach of Inshriach for that tasty nightcap.
Things to do
Outdoor & active
The National Park has something for everyone, Loch an Eilean and Glen Feshie are an easy hike from the house and, for the more determined, the Argyll stone gives spectacular views down Glen Einich and into the Cairngorms.
Rothiemurchus estate offers all sorts of activities from mountain bike hire to clay pigeon shooting, off road driving and dog sledding.
Alvie Estate have a riding school and also offer falconry, archery and more.
Swing through the trees at Go Ape! Crathes Castle, with Tarzan swings and epic zip wires aplenty.
Or you can go flying at the gliding school, climbing at the climbing wall or in the mountains, or to the Kincraig Wildlife Park to see the tigers.
If all of this sounds a bit too much, kick back and go fishing with the Inshriach Fishings or take a stroll around one of the local museums.
Places to visit
Inverness is a 45 minute drive if you feel the need to do any shopping in its old Victorian Market or new, award winning shopping complex.
Loch Ness is only an hour away should you fancy your chances of seeing the monster.
Festivals, celebrations and special days
Festivals & events
Inshriach house is home to the Insider Festival, which showcases some of the hottest folk and emerging acts from across Scotland over a LONG weekend in June. For 2012, it's the 15th -17th. The festival is a celebration of local music, crafts and locally sourced food and drink, of course.
Meet your hosts
Inshriach House was originally a grand sporting lodge built in 1906 for the Black family. It was passed on to the famous alpine gardener Jack Drake before coming into the Micklethwait family in 1970. The whole estate needed restoring by the time Walter Micklethwait and his mother Lucy, (an antique dealer turned serial DIYer and art historian respectively) took over 2 years ago, setting about the renovations in a characteristically resourceful style. Now that the main house (all 10 bedrooms of it) is finished and getting a following for itself, Walter has turned his attention to the other buildings on the estate and to running the yurt, as well as a sideline restoring classic British cars down on the farm and hosting The Insider Festival.
The Micklethwaits view themselves as being a bit like The Wombles. All over Inshriach you will find resourceful re-use, from stiles to bridges, furniture to fencing, all made from foraged and flung out materials. The platform for the yurt is made from discarded fence posts, scaffold planks and timber, the barbecue from a truck wheel and all the furnishings are relics from the house and restored bits from junk shops. There are extensive kitchen gardens at Inshriach and at certain times of year the family and other residents on the estate get to gorge themselves on salad.
Inshriach is also the scene of the Insider Festival, another exercise in making brass from muck. All the bars and backdrops are made from recycled, donated and reclaimed materials. The festival features some of the hottest folk and emerging acts from across Scotland, and this year also turned its attention to firewood, renewable fuels and whittling things from wood. It is also a chance to taste the best food in the valley, all locally sourced, and a fully Scottish (as in very full and sourced from Scotland) bar.
There are 3 separate SSSIs on the estate and they are working with the RSPB to improve habitats for rare birds. Keep your bacon in the yurt or the badgers or pine martens will have it. You get the odd wild cat and red and roe deer come down from the moors through the winter to graze in the gardens. There are red squirrels in the trees, ospreys nesting across the river, buzzards, eagles and other birds of prey in the sky. Along the river you could meet anything from oystercatchers to goldeneye ducks, otters and voles. There are also highland ponies kept on the farm, highland cattle, a small spaniel cross called Monty and there have even been recent sightings of a panther in the woods.