Cluny Croft Balgowan, Nr Newtonmore
Cairngorms National Park

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Cluny Croft - Cairngorms National Park

Location: Balgowan, Nr Newtonmore - Cairngorms National Park

Sleeps: 5

Price From: £465 p.w.

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Cluny Croft, Cairngorms National Park. Self catering holiday cottage.

Log fire - Sleeps 5

Pets by arrangement, please contact us before booking to discuss.

From its elevated position Cluny Croft self catering cottage enjoys panoramic views across the upper Spey Valley to the surrounding hills and mountains. This charming cottage provides an ideal holiday base and enjoys some magnificent scenery as it is set within the Cairngorms National Park. The Spey valley offers a perfect base for both the active and those who prefer a more peaceful break. The village of Laggan is located about a mile and a half away and has a small village shop.

Situated in the Spey valley, in the small hamlet of Balgowan about 6 miles from Newtonmore. This area is part of the Cairngorms National Park and is home to a wide variety of animals – including red deer, pine martens, red squirrels, badgers, wildcats, water vole, and otters. The Spey Valley, now famous as ‘Monarch of the Glen’ country (Ardverikie Estate, Glenbogle House in the BBC production, is 15 minutes drive from Cluny Croft) is renowned for its magnificent scenery and wildlife and offers endless opportunities for visitors to tour the area.

There is plenty of opportunity to have an active holiday here. In the winter months skiing can be enjoyed within a 45 minutes drive at either Cairngorms or the Nevis Range (Fort William). Both have excellent facilities including mountain restaurants, ski hire and instruction. Water sports are available on Loch Insh and Loch Morlich, both just a short drive. Canoes, windsurfers and dinghies can be hired. This is an excellent place to spend a family day out with its sandy beaches, picnic areas and restaurants. More great days out for the family can be had at Landmark Adventure Park, the Highland Wildlife Park, the Fun House at Coylumbridge, Strathspey Railway [with Thomas Tank Engine days] and the leisure pool and flumes at the Aviemore Centre.

For the more active Mountain biking is well catered for with a wide variety of cycle routes to test your ability. Laggan Wolftrax, a dedicated mountainbiking facility with café, bike hire and trails graded blue, red and black, is less than 10 minutes drive away. Cluny Croft offers easy access to some of the finest walking and mountaineering country in Scotland within the Cairngorm and the Monadhliadh mountains. Ben Nevis - Britain’s highest mountain, is 30 miles drive. With fishing available on the River Spey and local lochs or a round of golf, you are sure to find plenty to keep you occupied.

The Spey Valley is also Malt Whisky country, so a visit to one(or two) of the many distilleries is a must, just make sure you are not the driver!

Cluny Croft has been modernised to provide a very comfortable self catering cottage for up to five people, but still retains its traditional character of the croft.

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  • The cosy sitting room has the traditional stone hearth and open fire. Freeview TV,  DVD, CD player and radio, iPod dock.
  • The kitchen is well equipped and has an electric hob, electric fan assisted double oven, washing machine, tumble dryer, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave and all the usual kitchen utensils. Ironing facilities available.
  • Bathroom with bath and electric shower over, wc and whb.
  • Single bedroom downstairs.


  • Double bedroom 
  • Twin bedroom
  • Small room with wc and whb.

Included in the price

  • Bed linen and towels.
  • Electricity, gas and fuel for the fire.
  • Central heating throughout.
  • WiFi access - bring your own laptop.
  • Garden furniture and barbecue.
  • Highchair.

Pet Welcome

Pets by arrangement, please contact us before booking to discuss.

Good Housekeeping Deposit

A Good Housekeeping Deposit of £75.00 is required at the property.

Best Features

  • Situated in the Cairngorm National Park.
  • A variety of activities available within the local area, including, skiing, fishing, water sports, golf, mountain biking, bird watching
  • Ideal base for walking, with quiet woodland and open hills in the vicinity.




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Cluny Croft Reviews

The latest reviews of Cluny Croft...

Reviewed this property on 28/08/2023
And awarded it
Cluny Croft is in an excellent location with lovely views. Plenty of walking at all levels in the area. The accommodation is quite spacious and generally comfortable, although very tired. The kitchen is particularly well-equipped and even and a range of supplies (salt and pepper, oil etc) . There is a good supermarket, other shops and a petrol station in Newtonmore. Although it has wifi, it was very unstable and we were unable to stream anything. It is not at all suitable if you need to do anything beyond check some mails or web pages (and even then it can be very slow). Remember to bring toiletries and toilet roll.

Reviewed this property on 23/08/2022
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Reviewed this property on 21/08/2021
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Nice spacious cottage, very well equipped with everything we need. The furnishings are dated but all functional. Location is remote, and that's great if it's what you want but can't nip to a shop!! Beautiful scenery.

Reviewed this property on 02/11/2020
And awarded it
A really lovely, cosy cottage in a beautiful location. Very comfortable and well-equipped and excellent value for money. Lots to do in the surrounding area and you can walk into the hills direct from the cottage. Lots of wildlife on your doorstep (and in the garden). I would wholeheartedly recommend Cluny Cottage as a perfect place to relax and enjoy the Cairngorms.

Reviewed this property on 19/08/2020
And awarded it
A traditional cottage in a great location to access many places such as Laggan Wolftrax for mountain biking. Plenty of walking options straight from the property. And not far to drive for local shops. Our children loved spotting wildlife from the kitchen window. The cottage is well equipped.

Reviewed this property on 15/10/2018
And awarded it
Cluny Croft is far more than it appears from the description. The cottage is well appointed, and has everything you could possibly need. The kitchen is well stocked and very user friendly. We spent a wet week here, and appreciated the excellent heating, the draft free windows, as well as the several feet thick cottage walls which meant we slept through the raging storm outside. The real fire is delightful once darkness falls, and there is plenty of fuel provided. We will definitely be back in the spring, this cottage fulfilled every need we had, is well positioned for exploring but not too remote. The view from the front windows is delightfully ever changing.

Reviewed this property on 27/06/2018
And awarded it
Cluny cottage was fantastic it is so roomy and has everything you need. The location is idea for visiting the surrounding area.. I would highly recommend this place to all.

Reviewed this property on 01/10/2017
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A lovely cottage with great views across the valley and a good location for exploring. The cottage is well equipped and maintained. Red squirrels come to the window demanding food, so take lots of and bird food and peanuts!

Reviewed this property on 15/08/2017
And awarded it
Nice and cosy cottage with stunning views!

Reviewed this property on 07/03/2017
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We had a fantastic time staying at Cluny Croft. The cottage was absolutely perfect. It had everything we needed. It was lovely and warm when we arrived and had excellent central heating as well as a well stocked wood pile and coal bin. The place was was spotlessly clean when we arrived, we hope we left it as clean. We will definitely be back.

Reviewed this property on 29/09/2016
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Wilderness Cottages Replied...

Dear Mr Podnieks, thank you for your review and feedback on your stay at Cluny Croft. We are not aware of any problems with the wifi at the house, unfortunately this as you state, may have been down to a BT problem. In the circumstances we have refunded the £17.50 to you.

Reviewed this property on 08/06/2016
And awarded it
Wilderness cottages are very helpful and like to make sure you enjoy your holiday, as we did, nothing was to much trouble, and the price is very reasonable, the cottage we stayed in was very comfortable and well equipped with everything you could possibly need, i would recommend it to my friends and family, we had panoramic views of the mountains and enjoyed our stay in Scotland, we will return one day.

Reviewed this property on 26/02/2016
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This is a lovely spacious yet cosy cottage in a great location. it is very well equipped and comfortably furnished. Perfect for 5. We found it good value for money and would highly recommend. thank you for a lovely week .

Reviewed this property on 27/08/2015
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We had a wonderful week in this lovely, comfortable, warm and very well-equipped cottage. The surrounding countryside is beautiful, teeming with wildlife including deer, red squirrels, and lots of birds. It is beautifully quiet and rural, excellent walking country and also within easy reach of larger centres like Inverness. We hope to return soon!

Reviewed this property on 24/06/2015
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The comfort of Cluny Croft was particularly welcome as we arrived on a chilly wet afternoon. The log fire and cosy sofas were well used during a week of uncertain weather. The spacious and well-equipped kitchen, like the living room, has good views over the garden to the Spey valley. Wildlife watching with breakfast! The location allows for longer expeditions into the Cairngorms, but also many enjoyable walks in the lower glens. A cottage we'll return to.

Reviewed this property on 11/06/2013
And awarded it
A lovely warm cosy cottage set in a beautiful area with good views all round. Amazing wildlife in the garden red squirrels, pheasant, partridge, rabbits and loads of birds. Ample supply of logs & coal as it was cold at night for May. Plenty to do and see in the area Ospreys at Loch Garten, Highland Folk Museum, Highland Wildlife Park, Cairngorm Funicular Railway all within easy drive. Most enjoyable week chilling out at Cluny Croft.

Reviewed this property on 10/06/2013
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What a lovely cottage everything supplied. Sky TV not installed so disapointed there as did say it was when we booked. Also local shop had closed down. That aside a very peaceful and refreshing week.In particular the wild birds, red squirrels and wildlife of the area. Owner comment - unfotunately the local shop has now shut down, the Sky TV has now been replaced with a Freeview system.

Reviewed this property on 30/06/2011
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We had a happy week in the croft. It is cosy and warm with a fine view from the windows. Every evening when we got back from the mountains we lit a log fire from the plentiful supply. Out and about in this quiet area we saw more wildlife in a morning than we have in more popular places - a red squirrel is a regular visitor to the garden. The little general store at Laggan is well stocked and there are plenty places to eat out. The cottage is very clean and thoughtfully furnished.

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