Boat of Garten
|Boat of Garten|
Gaelic: Coit a' Ghartain
|Post town:||Boat of 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. 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.
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 close to the Cairngorm Mountains. It lies in view of the Lairig Ghru and the northern Braeriach corries.
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.
St Columba's Church was built in the summer of 1900 at a cost of £820, and the church hall was added in 1934.
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.
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. 
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