Friday, 6 April 2018

Snow Roads Scenic Routes


Distance: 90 miles (145 km) Start: Grantown-on-Spey End: Blairgowrie
This year is an especially exciting one for Scotland when it comes to road trips with the unveiling of the brand new Snow Roads Scenic Route. Due to launch officially later this year, this stunner of a route weaves through the outstandingly beautiful landscapes of the eastern Cairngorms as well as the charming Highland towns of Royal Deeside including Braemar, Ballater and Tomintoul. Scaling the highest public road in Great Britain – the eponymous Snow Road – this driving route offers everything from castles to distilleries, tumbling waterfalls to free-roaming herds of deer. It’s also a dream to Instagram. Pull over at its three ‘Scenic Route Installations’, outdoor artworks that merge seamlessly with the surrounding landscape and are designed just so to allow you to capture that perfect shot.
Find our more about the Snow Roads Scenic Route 
Blog written by Sarah Clark and photograph taken by Sheena White 

Many thanks to and for sharing this information with Great North Lodges.

Monday, 2 April 2018

Spring in the Cairngorms National Park

2nd April 2018
Orphan Annie has just delivered the first lambs of Spring at the Highland Lodge Estate and it's triplets!!

Spring is a fantastic time to visit the Cairngorms National Park. 
This season is a time of days getting longer and the spring sunshine bringing growth and greenery everywhere with buds bursting and leaves unfolding. Birdsong reaches a peak and many flowers appear, in turn attracting insect-life, including bees and butterflies. Animals that hibernated over winter appear on the first warm days of spring so keep an eye out in early Spring for hedgehogs, newly emerged queen bees, frogs, toads, grass snakes, lizards and adders.

Many woodland flowers are at their best before the leaves are fully open on the trees. If you find carpets of bluebellswood anemones, wild garlic, wood sorrel and early purple orchids you can be sure it is an ancient woodland and likely to be good for many other kinds of wildlife too. So make sure you go on a Spring woodland walk – it will keep you healthy too!

Here's a glimpse of Spring in the Cairngorms courtesy of Wilderness Scotland:

For further information about booking a luxury, hot tub, spa experience holiday for your family and friends at The Highland Lodge Estate (sleeps 23) contact 
Great North Lodges on 01479 812266 or visit our website

Many thanks to and Wilderness Scotland.

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival May 2018

How do whisky or whiskey drinkers drink theirs?

1.    Pour "two fingers" of whisky into a glass ...
2.    Use the colour of the whisky to gauge its age. ...
3.    Lift the glass to your nose for a smell. ...
4.    Place a few drops of clean water into your whisky. ...
5.    Taste the whisky and compare it to its smell. ...
6.    Keep any added ice to a minimum.

"Step one, swill glass Step two, big sniff Step three, take a big, long sip: heaven"

"To drink scotch, you don't bring air in to your mouth like you do with wine. You take a sip, hold it in your mouth for a couple of seconds (some people chew on it a little) then swallow. That's when the flavour hits. Adding a couple of drops of water takes the edge off the alcohol, and makes the drink much smoother."

For tasting sessions, whisky tours and events visit:
Speyside Whisky Festival 3rd - 7th May 2018

For accommodation visit Great North Lodges website  or call us on 01479 812266

Special Offers in April

Pine Ridge Lodge is offering discounted price weeks in April

This fabulous lodge sleeps 8 people and is located in the village of Boat of Garten on the famous "Speyside Way" popular with walkers and cyclists. 

With outstanding elevated views of the manificent Cairngorm mountain range.
These can be enjoyed from the decking, hot tub or from the south facing lounge with its balcony, picture windows, vaulted ceiling, leather sofas and cosy log burner.

Call Great North Lodges on 01479 812266 or

20th April - 27th April was £1199 now £999
27th April - 4th May was £1199 now £999

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Romantic Easter Break in the Cairngorms National Park

A Secret Highland Romantic Hideaway … Otter Pool Lodge is set in a private elevated position on the banks of the famous River Spey with unrivalled views of the River and the Cairngorm Mountains.

This is quite simply a unique property. The charming rustic exterior belies the sumptuously appointed Boutique interior that awaits you. Designed to accommodate couples who are looking for something completely different.
Otter Pool Lodge is peaceful, secluded and romantic. Only a 5 minutes drive; or a stunning 30 minute Riverside walk, from the charming village of Kincraig on the shores of Loch Insh with its two rustic country Pubs and Village Store; and 10 minutes from the bustle of Aviemore Village but could be a million miles away.

We have dates available between 30th March - 6th April, 
call Great North Lodges on 
01479 812266 or check out our website

Friday, 23 February 2018

Any special occasions coming up?

We frequently get bookings for that really Special Occasion which only happens once in a lifetime, and with lodges like ours, you can see why. From a honeymoon in Otter Pool Lodge, or a large family gathering to celebrate an anniversary in the Highland Lodge Estate, we have it covered.

We always like to improve our booking experience, making it easier and quicker to book online. We are delighted to introduce our new Special Offers page, check it out here.

The current Special Offers include March Madness deals;

Whisky Trail Lodge (sleeps 14) with hot tub, was £1439 now £699 (Friday 9th March or Friday 16th March - 3 nights)

The Maltings (sleeps 10) with hot tub, was £1499 now £1049 (Friday 9th or Friday 16th March - 3 nights)

See many more here or call Great North Lodges on 
01479 812266

Monday, 19 February 2018

Skiing in the Cairngorms National Park

**Lodge of the day - Silver Birch Cottage, Aviemore**

A peaceful modern cottage. This pet friendly cottage sleeps 4 and is set in a quiet location which is only a couple of minutes from the bustling village of Aviemore.
It has a log burning stove and indoor sauna too.
A perfect base to return to after a hard day on the ski slopes
Accommodation at a glance:
Dining Area
Double Bedroom with en-suite 
Twin Bedroom 
Family Bathroom 
Micro Sauna 
Entrance porch with Storage
Secure garden
Weekends and full weeks available.
Next availability 2nd March, 3 nights, £363
Call Great North Lodges on 01479 812266 or check out our website.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Hot tub stay in the Cairngorm National Park

**Lodge of the day - Bracken House**
Bracken House (sleeps 8) is named after the bracken covered hill that runs to the rear of the house, with its vibrant green in the summer or golden russet colour in the autumn.
The house is only a 15 minute walk via the Aviemore Orbital path which takes you into the hub of Aviemore. To the rear of the house is a pet friendly secure garden with Hot tub and BBQ patio and bike storage.

Accommodation at a Glance:
Lounge with patio doors onto the hot tub area.
Large open plan kitchen area with breakfast bar, dining area 
2 Double Bedrooms (1 en-suite)
2 Twin Bedrooms (1 downstairs) 
Family Bathroom with bath and double shower
Separate WC Cloakroom 
Utility Room
Entrance Porch
Large cupboard for ski storage (Inc. boot drying)

For further information call Great North Lodges on 01479 812266 or check out our website 

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Riverside Lodge Cairngorms National Park

**Lodge of the day - Riverside Lodge, Coylumbridge**
A perfect location for both winter and summer outdoor enthusiasts with excellent access to many outdoor activities such as scenic walks, cycling, fishing, mountain hiking and skiing (6 miles to ski slopes).
Riverside Lodge sleeps 11 people and is within a short walking distance to the Hilton Hotel and Rothiemurcus visitor centre and yet only 5 minutes drive from the centre of Aviemore.

Inside the lodge:
Open plan dining area and kitchen 
Large reception area
Comfortable beautifully furnished lounge
Cosy bar
Ground floor WC
Master bedroom with en-suite and balcony
Three double bedrooms 
One Family Bedroom with 2 double beds 
One Single Bedroom 
A large bath and shower room
Outside the lodge:
The rear of the house includes an extensive decked area which borders to the River Druie. In total there are six French doors which opens to the decking where the large hot tub and BBQ area are located.
Parking for 5 cars.

For further information contact Great North Lodges on 01479 812266 or

Monday, 12 February 2018

Win a free weekend at Whisky Trail Lodge

We are giving away a FREE weekend in Whisky Trail Lodge

To enter simply like our Great North Lodges Facebook page, like and comment WIN on the Whisky Trail Lodge Competition Facebook post.

This Victorian granite lodge is situated in Grantown on Spey, and close to local distilleries of the Water of Life (Whisky) It sleeps 14 in comfort and modern highland style. It also boasts a HOT TUB and will have a bottle of Whisky on arrival !!!!!!

Cragganmore is also throwing in a free 'Taste of Speyside' tour of the Distillery
Please SHARE with your Facebook friends and improve your chances of winning ( they would have to invite you of course)
Draw closes Midnight 28/02/18
Entrants must be over 21
Terms and Conditions apply:
This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

For further information about the lodge, call Great North Lodges on 01479 812266 or check out our website

Friday, 9 February 2018

Aviemore Lodge Burnside House

Thanks to the Aimee party for this great 5 star review for fab Aviemore lodge, Burnside House; ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

We had a lovely stay in the Burnside House so cosy and homely. The house was immaculate and ideal location. Thank you. Burnside House, sleeps 6 with hot tub, walking distance to Aviemore village, can be seen here ; Next availability 19th Feb. Book online or contact us for more info/advice; ☎️01479 812266 💻

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Highland Lodge Estate Cairngorms National Park

**** Lodge of the day - Highland Lodge Estate ****

The very popular Highland Lodge Estate at Duthill near Aviemore is truly unique and ideally situated in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. It is a stunning 8 bedroomed, 7 bathroomed baronial styled highland property with its private 26 acre estate nestling on the banks of the picturesque River Dulnain.
Sleeping up to 21 adults and 2 children in luxury, a true must stay property for that fun break with family and friends. This spectacular pet friendly lodge also boasts magnificent leisure facilities, indoor and out. Inside there is a “Wellness Spa Suite” containing sauna and jacuzzi, just outside there is a hot tub, plunge pool and fire pit!
Check this fab lodge out here - including images, availability, reviews and more details.
What are you waiting for? Need more reasons to book? 
We have just released a special reduced week, Friday 2nd March, was £3999 now only £2799, a massive 30% discount!!!!! That's only £17pppn!!!!! 
You can book online securely here or call the Great North Lodges office, 01479 812266.

Accommodation at a Glance
  • Lounge
  • Dining area
  • Breakfast & Bar area
  • Kitchen
  • 5 King/Queen Bedrooms with en-suite
  • 1 Family Bunk Room (5 bunks, one double bed)
  • 1 x Bunkroom (2 full size & 2 child bunks)
  • 1 Twin Room
  • 1 Family Bathroom
  • Wellness Suite
  • Separate WC
  • Utility Room
  • Ski & Bike Storage
  • Ample Parking
  • Entrance Hall with mud room

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Four Pines Lodge hot tub holiday

**Lodge of the day - Four Pines Lodge, Dulnain Bridge by Aviemore**

We are proud to present this beautiful Lodge, set in large grounds with mature gardens, outstanding outdoor space and facilities. This really is a brilliant property for those who love nature and the great outdoors. Four Pines Lodge is a fantastic base for families or group of friends, also your favourite pets are welcome to enjoy this beautiful area.
This spacious Lodge is comfortable with a very homely feel and also boasts a secure established garden. Recent enhancements include the addition of a high quality hot tub with large decking area and seating.
Sleeps 8 and there is an option to increase capacity to accommodate a further 2 persons.
Ideally located, situated on the historic Skye of Curr Trail, only a short walk to the River Dulnain and this off road trail is very popular with runners, cyclists and dog walkers.
Close to the local amenities and villages of Grantown on Spey,Boat of Garten, Carrbridge and Aviemore.
Best for Amazing Garden Space, Sharing Families, Private Location
Check out this fab lodge here, including images and availability -
Please contact us if you require more info or we can help with requirements.
☎️01479 812266 💻

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Wood cabin Cairngorms National Park

**Lodge of the day - Twa Hoots Lodge**

A cosy cabin sleeping 4 people located in Aviemore.
It sits in a small enclave with five other chalets, 5 minute’s walk takes you into the heart of Aviemore and a wide variety of shops, and attractions.
A 15 minute stroll takes you to the ancient pine forest, enjoy the views of the mountains, keep your eyes peeled for for interesting wildlife such as Red Squirrels or Scottish Crossbills.
We have weekend and full week stays available.

Contact Great North Lodges for further information on 01479 812266 or check our website.

Monday, 29 January 2018

Hot tub holiday Cairngorms National Park

**Lodge of the day - Hide Away Lodge, Insh near Kingussie**

This pet friendly lodge sleeping 8 people is part of a 200 year old coach house and steading, which once served a local country house.It has beautiful views across the moor and woodlands.
A perfect location for the family and friends.
Open plan lounge with woodburning stove/kitchen 
Ground floor WC
Ground floor disabled friendly wet/shower room 
Double bedroom with en suite (ground floor)
Two double bedrooms (upper floor) 
One twin bedroom (bunk beds)
Spacious patio with hot tub and BBQ
Boot Room Bike and Ski storage
Weekend and full week stays are available

For further information call Great North Lodges on 01479 812266 or check our website