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Boat of Garten

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Boat of Garten is a village in the Highlands of Scotland, 6 miles northeast of Aviemore, 28 miles southeast of Inverness.

Boat of Garten is popular for the Steam and Vintage Diesel Trains that run between Aviemore and Broomhill 5 miles northeast, Walking, Biking, 1896 Gallery, and Osprey Centre 3 miles east.

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The image top is of the Boat of Garten Train Station with a Steam Train arriving from Aviemore.

This Train Station opened in 1863, closed in 1969, then re-opened for Volunteers running Vintage Trains in 1978. Parking for the Station is round next to the Golf Course, a short walk over the Railway Footbridge.

The second image is of a Vintage Diesel Train that also runs between Aviemore and Broomhill, stopping at Boat of Garten.

This Railway Line is now known as the Strathspey Railway, with Vintage Trains running most days in Summer, some days in Winter.

Services can include, Light Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Evening Dining, and Whisky Tasting's.

At the Train Station is a 16 foot high metal Osprey Feather sculpture, as the area is home to Osprey each Summer. The Feather was erected in May 2013.

There is a Coffee Shop at the Railway Station with home baking.

Next to the Coffee Shop is Ride Scotland for Bike sales and hire. Area Bike Trails.

By the Train Station is the Boat Inn, with a Restaurant and outdoor seating.

The Horse and Cart metal sculpture is between the Railway Station and Boat Inn, also erected in May 2013.

The Main Street runs from the Train Station north, with the Village Shop, also with outdoor seating for snacks.

The 1896 Gallery is next to the Village Shop. The Gallery has amazing Landscapes of Scotland from Scottish based Artists and resident Photographer James Gordon. The Gallery is housed in the former Boat of Garten Public Hall.

Boat of Garten Church and War Memorial are a few hundred yards up the Main Street. This Church was built in 1900.

The Boat of Garten Golf and Tennis Club is on the east side of the Railway Station, where there is a large Car Park for the Club and for the Railway Station. This Club was founded in 1898.

Loch Garten is 3 miles east of Boat of Garten with a few little sandy beaches, a nice scenic peaceful area.

Loch Garten Osprey Centre is in vast Woodland by the Loch. A pair of Scandinavian Osprey nested here in 1954, with Osprey nesting every year since.

Osprey winter in Africa, arriving in Scotland from late March, then fly back to Africa from August. The birds have a wingspan of over 50 inches, with fish being their main prey.

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