Thursday, 4 December 2008

Setanta Sports at Mountain Bear Lodge

Just a note to highlight that Mountain Bear Lodge now has the full Setanta Sports package along with the full Sky package.

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Let it snow!

The forecast is for a lot of snow and the mountain is reporting it may open next week for skiing if the forecasts are correct.

keep an eye on http://www.cairngormmountain.org.uk/

Plenty on in the area see http://www.visitaviemore.com/ for the whats on details

Thursday, 13 November 2008

The Outsider Festival

New web site launched for this festival with more details to follow

http://www.outsiderfestival.co.uk/Front.html

The Outsider Festival programme announcements will start next year but as it is the "Year of homecoming" this should be a great weekend and is being held on the 20th and 21st June 2009 so book now to ensure you can go, most of our properties are still free for this week.

Lets pray for sunshine this time!

Thursday, 30 October 2008

Early Snow Fall

As you may know we have had snow for several days and the report from the Cairngorm Mountain is as follows:

"Ski Patrol reports that the snowfall to date is largely cosmetic, there is no base, there are lots of rocks and if a run can be created it will be very narrow and there will be some walking involved at the zig zags to reach the middle station. Conditions will not be suitable for beginners. If skiing is possible ticket prices will be priced £15 (adult) for the day and £10 (child). "

But if this weather keeps up I am sure conditions on the hill will improve.

However the funicular railway will be closed to the public for annual maintenance from Monday 3rd November through until the 5th December.

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Red Stag Lodge

Red Stag Lodge has now been sold, hopefully clients that have enjoyed it over the years can try some of our other Lodges like The Shieling or Beaver Creek Lodge all of which are nearby.

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Homecoming Scotland 2009

We are supporting Homecoming Scotland 2009 which is a celebration of all things Scottish in 2009 including 250 years since the birth of Robert Burns, also being celebrated are Golf, Whisky and innovations. The latest announcement to the events for 2009 is that Scotland will stage the final round of the prestigious Intercontinental Rally Challenge in November in Perthshire not far from us!

http://www.homecomingscotland2009.com/

Friday, 10 October 2008

Grillkota at Mountain Bear Lodge


The new BBQ Hut or Grillkota is fully installled and working at Mountain Bear Lodge. It was imported from Finalnd and it's origins are from North of the Artic Circle when the Sami Reindeer Herdsmen travelled across the tundra.

Thursday, 2 October 2008

October

Some highlights for October are

World Porridge Making Championship 2008, 12th October

Half Marathon 18th and 19th October

The Cairngorm Charmer 25th October

We do have some properties free over these dates but October is very busy so call now if you want to experience any of these events.

Saturday, 23 August 2008

Carve Carrbridge

Next weekend is Carve Carrbridge, the Scottish Open Chainsaw Carving Competition at Carrbridge. It is an amazing site to see large pieces of wood become eagles, golfers, bears or whatever else they can imagine! The scultures are auctioned off at the end of the day so you can get your self a lovely garden ornament if you can get it home!! People come from all over the world to compete and see this amazing event.

If you want to see it then we have Eagle Lodge or Ptarmigna Lodge still free.

Friday, 22 August 2008

Thunder in the Glen

This weekend is the "Thunder in the Glen" weekend where thousands of Harley-Davidson enthusiasts meet up and ride out. They normally ride out from Aviemore at noon on Saturday which is a magnificanet sight, if you can catch it, they head to Grantown-on-Spey where you can see them too.

We have Eagle Lodge still free this weekend if you want to catch it!

We have also just launched our two new Lodges, Eagle Lodge and The Shieling. Eagle Lodge sleeps 8 and The Shieling sleeps up to 12. We have a new launch promotion of 30% off the advertised rate for the first 5 full week bookings at these lodges.

Also worth a small mention is the 2 Osprey chicks this year from Loch Garton RSPB reserve have started their migration South and can be tracked by satellite here http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/tracking/lochgartenospreys/index.asp

Monday, 11 August 2008

get organised and book now for 2009!

People who have stayed at Mountain Bear Lodge say it is better than the pictures on the web site, even if it did rain it didn't matter because the Lodge was so fantastic. The best thing about the holiday was the Lodge and that the Lodge made the holiday "it had it's own character" and "was like part of the family". We have so many bookings for this Lodge that every day we disappoint people as the dates they want are already booked.

So this is a bit of advice - get organised and book now for 2009. Christmas week is still available as are many weeks later in the year. Get your family and friends together and decide when you want to get together next year or even 2010 and book Mountain Bear Lodge well in advance so we don't have to disappoint anybody!!

Tuesday, 5 August 2008

The Shieling and Eagle Lodge

Great North Lodges welcomes two new properties to the family!

The Shieling, a lovely country house sleeping 12 overlooking Aviemore with fantastic views of the Cairngorm Mountains http://www.greatnorthlodges.co.uk/The%20Shieling.htm (web site still being worked on!)

Eagle Lodge, a modern Lodge to the North of Aviemore sleeping 8, great for families with children and or dogs. http://www.greatnorthlodges.co.uk/EagleLodge.htm (web site still being worked on!)

Saturday, 2 August 2008

Opening Hours

We have new opening hours from today

Mon - Wed 9am - 5:30pm
Thu 9am - 7pm
Fri 9am - 5:30pm
Sat 9am - noon

We hope late opening on a Thursday will help our customers book holidays!

Saturday, 26 July 2008

New properties

Hi,

We are taking on 2 new properties in Aviemore, one sleeps 8 and one sleeps 12. Both are up to our high standard. Pictures and web pages to follow soon, so watch this space and yes we can take bookings now.

Any regular customers who thought Rats Magic Cottage was being sold and not being kept as a Holiday home, well we have good news on that too Rats Magic Cottage has been bought and kept with us to rent as a holiday home, the new owners want to add their own personal touches and so watch this space for news and updates and new pictures too.

Thursday, 24 July 2008

Beaver Creek Lodge - the name!

Beaver Creek Lodge made The Sun newspaper on Friday July 18th but not for it's 5 star luxury accommodation but for it's name!

The new houses nearby were to be given the address Beaver View after Beaver Creek Lodge but some red faced councillors changed the address to Carn Elrig View after realising it could cause offense to residents!! other streets are being named Lodge Lane.

Tuesday, 15 July 2008

July 18th weekend

It is the Inverness Highland Games this weekend

http://www.invernesshighlandgames.com/

and if you want to go we still have Glenfeshie House free from the 18th - 25th July at a special deal!

Inverness is only about 30 miles from Aviemore and easy enough to get to.

For more details of what is on in the area see the "whats on guide" at http://visitaviemore.com/whatson

Thursday, 10 July 2008

Goodbye Snowy Owl Lodge

We no longer have Snowy Owl Lodge, it has been sold and is no longer a holiday house.

For regular customers Silver Birch Cottage or Heather Cottage are lovely properties that we are sure you will grow to love as much as Snowy Owl Lodge.

Thursday, 29 May 2008

Spring

Simon from the BBC Springwatch program is in Aviemore and Rothiemurchus

http://www.bbc.co.uk/springwatch/bigthemes/simon.shtml

The top of the Chimneys of the office here can be seen when the Osprey are catching fish - so watch for us every night at 8pm!

And the third chick has arrived at the Loch Garten Osprey nest

http://blogs.rspb.org.uk/lochgartenospreys/archive/2008/05/29/Three-is-the-magic-number.aspx

Thursday, 22 May 2008

May Holiday weekend

This weekend is the Teddy Bears picnic on the Strathspey Railway, kids and adults bring your own teddy!

http://www.strathspeyrailway.co.uk/

And a baby osprey should be on the way - due to hatch any time soon so might be worth a visit to the RSPB reserve at Boat of Garten.

http://www.rspb.org.uk/webcams/birdsofprey/lochgartenvideo.asp

The weather forecast is good - so have fun!

Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Silver Birch Cottage

New pictures for Silver Birch Cottage on our web site

http://www.greatnorthlodges.co.uk/silverbirch.htm

This lovely Cottage sleeps 6, is Visit Scotland 4 star rated and has a sauna and log burning stove.

Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Wolf Lodge new pictures and a new lodge

The new pictures for Wolf Lodge are now on the web site

and we have a new Cottage coming on soon called Heather Cottage - watch the web site for all the new details here is a picture of it. It is brand new and in Aviemore and sleeps 6. Please call for more details. 01479 812266.

Saturday, 10 May 2008

Wolf Lodge

The first new picture is loaded onto the Wolf Lodge web site showing the new landscaping, decking and BBQ. More pictures to follow next week.

http://www.greatnorthlodges.co.uk/wolf.htm

Friday, 9 May 2008

Golf

The best guide to local Golf Course I can find on the web is

http://www.golftoday.co.uk/clubhouse/coursedir/invern1.htm

have a look at the Spey Valley and Boat of Garten courses

Thursday, 8 May 2008

The outsider Festival 2009

It looks like the outsider festival will be retuning to Rothiemurchus (near Aviemore) in June 2009. Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st June 2009. See the web site for details and to register for tickets. I wonder who will be playing this festival??

Tuesday, 6 May 2008

Aviemore Walking Festival

The Aviemore & The Cairngorms Walking and Mountain Festival is 10th - 17th May 2008

The Registration Desk is open 8am - 2pm and 4pm - 5:30pm at the Cairngorm Hotel Function Suite. Walks can be booked here. Full details can be found at http://www.aviemorewalking.com/index.htm

We have Silver Birch Cottage and Rats Magic Cottage available 9th - 16th May at a special 10% discounted rate for anybody participating in this festival please ask about this when booking.

Saturday, 26 April 2008

Farmers Market

Aviemore has a farmers market this Sunday the 27th April. For full schedule of dates see their web site

http://www.cairngorms-farmers-market.com/Market%20Dates.html

We can recommend the Steak from Balnafettach farm and the langoustine from Creel!

http://www.balnafettach.com/

Thursday, 24 April 2008

Our favourite annual events in and around Aviemore

The Aviemore Sled Dog Rally on 24th and 25th January 2009
http://www.siberianhuskyclub.com/aviemore

The Torch Light Procession on Christmas Eve every year with Santa and his reindeer

The Charmer 25th October 2008
http://www.thecharmer.org/

World Porridge making championship 12th October 2008
http://www.goldenspurtle.com/

The Aviemore Half Marathon 19th October 2008
http://www.aviemorehalfmarathon.org/

The Big Splash 31st August and 1st September 2008
http://www.bigsplashaviemore.co.uk/

Carve Carrbridge Saturday 30th August 2008
http://www.carvecarrbridge.com/

Thunder in the Glens 22nd August - 25th August 2008
http://www.dunedinhog.com/

Newtonmore Highland Games 5th August and Grantown-on-Spey Highland Games 24th August 2008
http://www.newtonmore.com/highlandgames/games.htm

Mountain Bike World Cup 2008 6 - 8th June 2008
http://www.fortwilliamworldchamps.co.uk/

Whisky Festival 1st - 5th May 2008
http://www.spiritofspeyside.com/

Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Wolf Lodge Hot Tub Survey

Following the success of the recently installed Outdoor Hot Tubs at Mountain Bear Lodge and Beaver Creek Lodge. The owner of Wolf Lodge would like to canvas our clients opinion on installing an Outdoor Hot Tub at Wolf Lodge. The maintenance and running costs of the Hot Tub mean that offering a Hot Tub at Wolf Lodge would mean an estimated weekly rental increase of approximately £75.
Do you think this would be a good idea?
Please email us your views to gnl@greatnorthlodges.co.uk

Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Events on in May

Aviemore is delighted to be staging the sixth Aviemore Walking Festival which will take place from 10th to 17th May 2008.

http://www.aviemorewalking.com/

Saturday, 19 April 2008

Wolf Lodge updates

Wolf Lodge is having a full make-over this week.

It is already a lovely Lodge, but the owner is updating the bathroom, adding new lighting throughout the Lodge along with a new flat screen TV and DVD in the lounge, new TV in the bedroom. It is being painted throughout with new carpets. The garden and decking are having a full make over too along with a lovely new Bar-B-Que. Full details will be posted on the Wolf Lodge page soon.

Friday, 18 April 2008

Snow

The news from the Mountain is good - Snow conditions at present at CairnGorm Mountain continue to be of a very high standard - about as good as possible at this time of year. There is a dusting of powder on a firm pisted base in many areas of the mountain.

We have availability in Silver Birch Cottage if anybody out there wants to participate in any snowsports.

Our First Blog

Great North Lodges will now be posting blogs regularly on our web site covering updates to the Lodges, weather in Aviemore, Snow on the hills, whats happening in Aviemore and the Caringorm National Park. Anything else you want covered please let us know.