Boat of Garten
|Boat of Garten|
|Scottish Gaelic: Coit a' Ghartain|
Boat of Garten
Boat of Garten shown within the Badenoch and Strathspey area
|OS grid reference||NH949191|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Post town||Boat of Garten|
|Postcode district||PH24 3|
Boat of Garten (Scottish Gaelic: Coit a' Ghartain; originally: Garten) is a small village and post town in Badenoch and Strathspey, Highland, Scotland. In 1951, the population was less than 400; in 1971, it was almost 500; in 1981, it was almost 700, and the same in 2001.
The settlement 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".
It is also known as "Osprey village" due to its significant population of Ospreys.
Boat of Garten is located between Aviemore and Grantown-on-Spey. It lies to the northeast of Aviemore, just north of Auchgourish and east of Kinveachy. Grantown is 7.5 miles (12.1 km) away. Loch Garten lies to the southeast of the village.
Situated at an altitude of 220 metres (720 ft) above sea level, it lies 0.5 kilometres (0.31 mi) from the River Spey in the Cairngorms National Park. Being close to the Cairngorm Mountains. it is in view of the Lairig Ghru and the northern Braeriach corries.
Flora and fauna
Alyssum alyssoides, Cerastium arvense, Vaccinium vitis-idaea and Koeleria macrantha are found in the village, as are Juniperus communis, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, Empetrum nigrum and Ptilium crista-castrensis. Rare fungi include Amanita virosa, Leucocortinarius bulbiger, Pholiota spumosa, Tapinella atrotomentosa, Cantharellula umbonata, Sarcodon imbricatus, Dentipellis fragilis and Hydnellum scrobiculatum.
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 village features a golf course, originally designed by James Braid. Built in 1898, it was expanded in 1931. it has been ranked as one of the top 35 courses in Scotland.
St Columba's Church and War Memorial
Deshar Road, Boat of Garten
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