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.
Although we are currently closed, rest assured, if you do make a booking and are unable to reach us due to Covid-19, we have you covered with our amended t&c's Please see full details in Terms tab at the foot of this page. When we are able to welcome you again we are a "Good to Go' venue and have in place all additional measures to make your stay safe and full of freedom and fresh air!
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.
Wilderness Fit day in the Forest. Come and Join me for a day of moving through the magical landscape that surrounds Dell of Abernethy. We will use natural features to inspire our workouts such as pull ups on trees, squats using rocks, mossy mounds for balance exercises and pushing logs in wheel barrows, we might even end the session with a fresh water dip in one the stunning lochs near by. There will also be the option for a trail running session and yoga practice in the Tipee. A delicious and nutritious lunch will be provided by Polly and plenty time to relax too!
This day will hopefully give you a positive lift and inspire you to use what is around you to exercise in the fresh air...fitness is not all about the gym!
Music has been our true tonic over the last little while and we have built a stack of our 'Woodland Wireless' playlists on Spotify to form a connection with the woods, even when you're not able to visit.
Soundscape draws from this library, carefully selecting tracks that stir us and resonate with the landscape surrounding us to take us on a meditative musical journey into the deeper, more hidden trails surrounding the Dell.
Each walk takes around an hour and will be punctuated with birdsong interludes and hot cups.
Only requirements are Premium Spotify account, good headphones and some sturdy footwear.