Boat of Garten

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Boat of Garten
Gaelic: Coit a' Ghartain
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Grid reference: NH949191
Location: 57°15’5"N, 3°44’33"W
Post town: Boat of Garten
Postcode: PH24
Local Government
Council: Highland

Boat of Garten is a small village beside the River Spey in a detached part of Morayshire, locally situate in Inverness-shire. It was formerly known as Garten.

The population of the village was almost 700 in 2001.


The village's name derives from the nearby old ferry over the River Spey.[1] However, its early history does not refer to the "boat" or ferry as Pont's map of 1600 and Roy's map of 1750 named the location simply "Garten".

The place is also known as 'Osprey village' due to its significant population of Ospreys.[2]


Boat of Garten is to be found between Aviemore and Grantown-on-Spey. It lies to the north-east of Aviemore, just north of Auchgourish and east of Kinveachy. Grantown is 7½ miles away to the north-east. It sits at an altitude of 720 feet above sea level, half a mile from the bank of the River Spey and is in the Cairngorms National Park[3] close to the Cairngorm Mountains.[4] It lies in view of the Lairig Ghru and the northern Braeriach corries.[3]

The area between Boat of Garten and Loch Garten is within the Abernethy Forest National Nature Reserve,[5] Boat of Garten being on the forest fringe.[6]

Flora and fauna

Alyssum calycinum, L., Cerastium arvense, L., Vaccinium Vitia-Idcea, L., and Kcelerva cristata are found in the village, as are Juniperus communis, Arctostaphylos Vva-ursi, L., Empetrum nigrum, L., Juniperus communis, L., and Hypnum crista-castrensis, L. Rare fungi include Agaricus (Amanita) virosus, Fr., A. (Armillaria) buWiger, A. & S., A. (Flammula) spumoaus, Fr., Paxillua atrotomentosus, Fr., Cantharellua umbonatus, Fr., Hydnum imbrvcatum, L., H. fragile, Fr., and H. acrobiculatum, Fr.[7]


St Columba's Church was built in the summer of 1900 at a cost of £820, and the church hall was added in 1934.[8]

After the Disruption of 1843, the men of the area engaged in a fanaticism, erecting the "Stone of the Spey" below Boat of Garten. The stone was inscribed by one William Grant and was erected in 1865 in memory of the wife of Patrick Grant. As it was associated with scandal, the district residents destroyed it and threw it into the river.[9]

The village is also renowned for the nearby RSPB reserve at Loch Garten,[10] approximately eleven miles to the east.[11]

The village features a golf course, originally designed by James Braid. Built in 1898, it was expanded in 1931.[6] it has been ranked as one of the top 35 courses in Scotland.[3]

The Community Company created a garden in 2002 and in 2013 two sculptures and an information hub commissioned by the community were installed in the Station Square, adjacent to the Community Garden. [12]

Outside links


  1. Gordon, Seton Paul (1951). Highlands of Scotland. R. Hale. p. 184. Retrieved 5 March 2011. 
  2. Else, David; Berry, Oliver (2005). Great Britain. Lonely Planet. p. 878. ISBN 978-1-74059-921-4. Retrieved 5 March 2011. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Welcome to the Boat of Garten Golf Club". Retrieved 5 March 2011. 
  4. "Welcome to Moorfield House". Retrieved 5 March 2011. 
  5. Castle, Alan (2010). Speyside Way. Cicerone Press Limited. pp. 108–. ISBN 978-1-85284-606-0. Retrieved 5 March 2011. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 Malcolm Campbell; Satterly, Glynn (1 October 1999). The Scottish Golf Book. Sports Publishing LLC. pp. 147–. ISBN 978-1-58382-053-7. Retrieved 5 March 2011. 
  7. Natural History Society of Glasgow (1892). Transactions of the Natural History Society of Glasgow. The Society.. pp. lv, 17–. Retrieved 5 March 2011. 
  8. "St Columbas". Boat of Retrieved 5 March 2011. 
  9. Reid, p. 70
  10. Murphy, Alan (9 September 2001). Scotland Highlands & Islands handbook: the travel guide. Footprint Travel Guides. p. 189. ISBN 978-1-900949-94-1. Retrieved 5 March 2011. 
  11. Forgan, Duncan; Gonzalez, Michael; Main, Shona (6 April 2010). Fodor's Scotland. Random House Digital, Inc.. pp. 364–. ISBN 978-1-4000-0432-4. Retrieved 5 March 2011. 
  12. "Template:Citation error". Boat of Retrieved 16 March 2014.