Monday, 4 June 2018

Thunder in the Glens 2018

Great North Lodges are delighted and proud to announce we will be sponsoring and supporting the Thunder in the Glens Rally, Aviemore in August. 

This outstanding event is a must see and starts on Friday 24th August 2018. 

Come and see all the bikes, including fab Harley Davidson's, and soak in all the sights, music and atmosphere.

Tickets for the event can be purchased here https://bit.ly/2x7513D
We have hot tub lodges available for this weekend/week, what better way to enjoy a break in Aviemore!

Check out availability here https://bit.ly/2dlRt6t or contact us
 01479 812266  gnl@greatnorthlodges.co.uk


Monday, 30 April 2018

What's the difference between Birders and Twitchers?




Birdwatching or birding means going outside to enjoy watching birds. It is a popular hobby. Someone who does this is called a birdwatcher or birder.

twitcher is someone who will go to great lengths to view new bird species. For some twitchers their pursuit can turn into an obsession and can involve extensive travel, dedicated monitoring of birding hotspots and networking with other twitchers.



RSPB Scotland, Insh Marshes, Cairngorms National Park

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Cairngorms Nature Big May Weekend

Bring the whole family and get up close and personal with the amazing nature of the Cairngorms National Park!

11th - 13th May 2018 join in the fun, join the experts, 2 days, 60 events throughout the park for all the family.

Here's just a sample of some of the events:

An evening of mammal watching:
For a memorable wildlife encounter, spend an evening with Speyside Wildlife and watch the nocturnal creatures that visit our warm and comfortable, baited hide on the Rothiemurchus Estate in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. Your guide will meet you just before dusk, at the location just outside Aviemore within the Caledonian Pine Forest and walk with you down the wide track to the hide.
To book a place on the evening mammal trip, please go to: https://www.speysidewildlife.co.uk/Holidays.aspx?location=evening
Canoeing the River Spey with Abernethy Trust:
See the National Park from the water. This fun filled day will take you down the River Spey to see wildlife from a different angle with chance to develop some canoeing skills at the same time with our qualified instructors.
Don’t worry if you haven’t canoed before – novices are welcome!  Age limit 13+
RSPB Insh Marshes:
A six-mile guided walk with the warden across Insh Marshes with the RSPB Warden, Pete Moore,  returning along the Badenoch Way through Inshriach Forest.
contact insh@rspb.org.ukor call 01540 661518
Fairy May-hem:
Fairies are running wild at Loch Garten! Will you be lucky enough to spot one? Follow our special fairy trail and meet some of the creatures that live among the trees, finishing by creating your own authentic forest fairy wand.

Many thanks to the Cairngorms National Park, RSPB, Speyside Wildlife and Abernethy Trust for providing Great North Lodges with this information.

Friday, 6 April 2018

Snow Roads Scenic Routes


SNOW ROADS SCENIC ROUTE



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 www.visitscotland.com and www.visitcairngorms.com 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 https://bit.ly/2lDmVou






Many thanks to www.wildlifewatch.org.uk 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 http://bit.ly/2polwnD



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20th April - 27th April was £1199 now £999
27th April - 4th May was £1199 now £999
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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 http://greatnorthlodges.co.uk/lodge/otter-pool-lodge/

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
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Accommodation at a glance:
Lounge 
Dining Area
Kitchen 
Double Bedroom with en-suite 
Twin Bedroom 
Family Bathroom 
Micro Sauna 
Entrance porch with Storage
Secure garden
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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
Cloakroom
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
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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 gnl@greatnorthlodges.co.uk

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:
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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 http://bit.ly/2qfoWpl

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 ; http://ow.ly/kJy430iiMBc Next availability 19th Feb. Book online or contact us for more info/advice; ☎️01479 812266 💻gnl@greatnorthlodges.co.uk


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 - http://bit.ly/2lDmVou 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 http://bit.ly/2lDmVou 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