Nestled within the Cairngorms wilderness and with easy access to Aviemore, our self-catering lodge and cottages offer the perfect escape for family holidays, retreats and events.
Unwind, stoke your fire, re-connect and breathe deep. Go barefoot on the lawn, pick a hammock, toast your toes and slow right down. Allow your ears to ring with silence amongst the trees.
Make yourself at home.
Made, Gathered and Homegrown from as close to the Dell as possible. Our home is yours for this while and we want to make this really easy for you.
Give us 48 hours notice and we can make sure your cottage is stocked with groceries for your arrival. Tasty things to throw in the oven, fun meal kits to get the kids involved or grazing platters to share around the fire with a carefully matched wine. We have brought together some of our favourite local producers, stuff you won't find with the big guys, each showcasing our unique local larder.
Between ourselves and our amazing local village stores, who now each offer a next day delivery service, we aim to provide you with all your whimsical holiday needs to maximise your experience with us and help support the local economy at a much needed time
The Dell is a peaceful retreat just on the edge of Nethy Bridge, ‘The Forest Village’ - a sleepy, friendly place reached by riverside walk or through the endless trails of the Abernethy Forest. The RSPB Osprey Centre at Loch Garten is just a 10 minute drive, to the north, the wild Moray Coast beaches and to the south, the heart of the Cairngorms. The Dell is an hour from Inverness airport, 20 mins from Aviemore train station and around 3 hours north of Edinburgh and Glasgow.
The Dell is well equipped and connected, yet a fantastic blank canvas for an event, corporate function or celebration of any kind. Along with accommodation for up to 28 guests, multiple event spaces and the offering of in-house catering, we relish the opportunity and challenge to produce unique and creative events.
Welcome to the Dell Wild Club; an interactive, immersive experience where kids can unplug and reconnect with nature.
Wild Club is a place to build, craft, climb or just relax, from animal tracking to den building, weaving to identifying bugs or learning how to safely light a fire or carve an arrow.
Make friends, make a mud pizza or rope swing or just make someone smile, It's up to you! This is your time!
Justin Jones, our resident Woodland Activity Leader can offer small group adventure sessions, usually on a Tuesday & Saturday, for your kids to include all sorts of forest based activities aimed at 5-11 year olds. Min 2 / Max 6 in any group.
We're excited to welcome back Heather Thomson bringing this perfectly located mix of yoga and trail running in the forests surrounding the Dell.
The yoga is open to all levels and focusing on conditioning, toning and strengthening.
The guided trail runs through the Cairngorms foothills with Trail Running Scotland will include navigation skills, barefoot running, posture & technique guidance and injury prevention
Also meditation & guided relaxations to aide healing and that ‘zen’ feeling post-run together with confidence coaching.
Yaz and Eilidh are both L3 qualified PT's and have set up ‘Wilderness Fit’ with an aim to inspire and motivate woman to get outside and move through the stunning Scottish Landscape. We try and base our workouts around our natural environment - this involves trail running, cold water swimming, obstacle courses using the land, beach circuits and walking. On our retreats we will also be offering morning or evening yoga sessions with a qualified yoga instructor. There will be plenty time to relax, chat and enjoy the amazing food on offer too, we are not providing a quick fix fitness retreat but hopefully we inspire you to find more time to be outside in your day and try new activities that may be outside your comfort zone. It's not all about the gym!