Speyside and the Cairngorm National Park
Nethy Bridge is situated in one of the most stunning areas of Scotland, with plenty of interesting things to do for all ages and abilities. You can be a real tourist, visiting castles and attractions, or within a few minutes be completely off the beaten track exploring some very wild and remote places. In winter, a short car journey will take you to the ski slopes of the Lecht or Cairngorm, and during the rest of the year, there are several excellent golf courses within a few minutes’ drive.
Cairngorm National Park is a hill walkers paradise while at lower levels there is plenty of easy walking for those who don’t feel so active. Off road cycle routes are extensive and suitable for all abilities, from the youngest member of the family to the most adventurous mountain biker. Fishing can be arranged at several local locations, including of course the fabulous River Spey. And if none of that interests you, there is always sitting by the wood-burning stove enjoying the view and reading a book or two.
The house has lots of books, maps and information about all of these activities which you are welcome to borrow during your stay. There are also plenty of board games, books to read, and some toys for children.
We have a bird feeding station right outside the window, and that successfully attracts lots of small birds including a woodpecker. Red squirrels are a frequent sighting around the village and woods, and deer are often spotted around the farm and the surrounding countryside. There are seasonal walks arranged by the RSPB rangers to try to catch sight of the elusive capercaillie, and otters have been spotted on the farm when the River Spey is in spate.
Nethy Bridge has a toddlers play area, tennis courts, an excellent 9-hole golf course, and a visitor centre in the community centre with lots of information about the area and its history.