Make Yourself At Home

Home of BBC Springwatch 2019

Our home is your home, so relax, enjoy the peace and sink into holiday mode. 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.

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At a glance


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.

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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.

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Music . Workshops . Retreats

Highland Adventure Trail running & Yoga Retreat

30 Oct - 2 Nov


The second instalment of Heather Thomson's perfect 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.

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Wilderness Fit Retreat

4 - 7 Sep


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!

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Tunesmithery - A creative folk tune writing retreat

25 - 30 Aug


Two of Scotland’s foremost traditional musicians Hamish Napier and Mike Vass invite aspiring tune-smiths to join them on a week long immersive composition retreat.The retreat is a unique opportunity to learn from these renowned musicians – to gain an insight into their approach, find out what drives them, and discover a whole new set of skills to take your own creativity to new heights.

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