Panoramic mountain views. Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. Oh and the Cairngorm reindeer herd live just next door!
Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms
1x king room with ensuite
1x king room
1x twin room
Built in wardrobes
Family bathroom with bath
BBQ & outdoor dining area
Storage for sports equipment
Parking for 4 cars
Space for infant cots
All our Handpicked lodges have pretty special views, but those from Cairn Eilrig are in a class of their own. Only a tiny handful of holiday properties lie at the mountain end of the ski road and even fewer enjoy quite such a spectacular Cairngorms panorama. Particularly beautiful covered in winter white or late summer’s heathery purple, the mountains look almost close enough to touch. From CairnGorm itself and the northern corries, the panoramic view sweeps across to the forests above Loch Morlich, and to the distinctively-shaped hill from which the house takes its name.
This peaceful spot is close to all the natural and sporting attractions in our part of the National Park. Loch Morlich beach and watersports can be reached on foot in only 10 minutes. You have immediate access to the walking and biking trails throughout Glenmore Forest, and the ski area is only 5 minutes drive. The lodge in fact sits proudly on the much loved Mealle a’ Bhuachaille circuit walk or for a slightly shorter walk for all abilities and ages, the wonderful trail to the Lochan Uaine is enchanting (it translates as green lochan - it is said that mischieveous fairies wash their clothes there which is why the water is green!)
Despite Cairn Eilrig’s incredible location, there has been no compromise on luxury and comfort. The house has been recently redecorated to a high standard in a warm, contemporary style. The large and modern kitchen-diner seats 6 and leads round to the lounge area with its cosy wood burner and magnificent mountain views. The sun room is the perfect place to sit and enjoy a coffee and plan your day of Cairngorms adventures or enjoy a dram in the evening while watching the sun set. The twin and king bedrooms enjoy mountain views whilst the master looks out to the forest. There is a smart bathroom and master ensuite shower room.
The large bootroom-cum-utility room is ideal for drying your clothes and footwear after a day in the hills, on the beach or the slopes, and has a washing machine and dryer. There’s a secure outdoor store for your bikes and an outdoor tap to wash them down after your ride.
In the warmer months you can immerse yourself in the views all around you from the benches in the garden and watch the birds and red squirrels visit. Cairn Eilrig is Gaelic for “Hill of the Deer Walk”. The lodge sits on the hill above the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre where the herd come down from the high grounds to stay for the winter. You will regularly catch sight of some of your inquisitive neighbours between October and Christmas when they train with the sleighs on the road below the house - it's a magical sight for little ones and big ones alike.
There are two lovely little cafes within a few minutes walk (Cobbs at Glenmore Visitor Centre and the Red Squirrel Cafe), and if you fancy a break from cooking dinner, there is a fully licensed restaurant and bar at Glenmore Lodge. Aviemore is only 10 minutes drive away with shops, bars, cafes and restaurants, cinema and swimming pool. Many of its pubs and bars host live music in the evenings and you’ll find most of them are dog friendly.
Cairn Eilrig really is the perfect Cairngorms holiday lodge for those who love to be surrounded by nature, mountain landscapes and the best of the Highland outdoor lifestyle, and is a rare opportunity to stay in such a beautiful, one-of-a-kind location.
"A home from home. Delightful house with great warmth about it. Look forward to coming back again to see those views!" April 2018
"A truely Fantastic cottage. We enjoyed our stay and would love to come again." April 2018
"Had a great break here. Cottage is wonderful and location is fab." April 2018
"Such a beautiful house set in a stunning location. Really impressed with the quality of Handpicked Lodges - we will get around them all!" July 2018
"Thanks very much for a lovely stay. A beautiful presented house in a perfect location. Would definitely stay again. " August 2018
"We have stayed in many cottages in Aviemore. All good but for me this was definitely the best. Great views, walk and cycle routes from the doorstep. Great service from Handpicked Lodges. We will be back" September 2018
"The cottage blew us away. The house is immaculate and more the big enough for the 6 of us. Going to book for next year. " September 2018
"What a beautiful place. The house is cosy and the views are spectacular. Would certainly come back. " October 2018
"Lovely cottage, best holiday rental we have stayed in. Spotlessly clean. Beautiful location. Has everything you could possibly need. We will recommend to family and friends. " December 2018
"The weather has been fantastic and its a pure delight to sit and just watch out the window." January 2019
"Great cottage, fantastic location, superb weather and the bonus of red squirrels and a baby bunny making frequent appearances in the garden. We know the area well and it was brilliant being able to walk & cycle to almost all the places we wanted to visit. Loved having a Corbett at the back door!" July 2020
"Thank you for creating such a lovely place to stay! We've had a fantastic time - arrived in the rain and then had lots of snow overnight! We'll definitely be back! " January 2019
"Thank you for an amazing stay! The views are breathtaking. We would definitely stay again and recommend to our family and friends. " February 2019
"Brilliant location. Lovely garden, great views. We had lots of fun staying here. We would love to come back again. Thank you. " April 2019
"Another lovely holiday in this wonderful lodge. House is very comfortable, stunning views and perfect location. Welcome pack was very tasty! Thanks again for providing such a lovely base in Glenmore. " May 2019
"We've had a great week at the lodge. Some great walks straight from the door and Loch Morlich just through the campsite. Very impressed with the well appointed lodge, handy storage shed for our watersports gear and we even managed a few BBQ's. We will definitely be back for another stay. " June 2019
"Absolutely brilliant stay here at Cairn Eilrig. Ideal wee luxurious base for us for lots of watersports, cycling, trail running as well as fantastic walks for our dogs. As we are used to camping this was luxury! We love it and will definitely be back! Thank you for the lovely welcome gift - what a treat! " July 2019
"Lovely cottage! We had an amazing time here and exploring the Highlands! Lots of fun feeding the reindeer, seeing the hairy coos and seeing the reindeer. Would love to come back in the future to enjoy the beautiful scenery and activities again! Handpicked Lodges exceeded our expectations and a nice welcome gift to greet us! " July 2019
"‘This is the 4th time I’ve stayed at Cairn Elrig, I’m amazed at how each time I stay I find more hidden gems in terms of walks, cycling and scenery. This time I went ziptreking in the Alvie Estate and karting in Aviemore. I really can’t recommend Cairn Elrig and the amazing people at Seasgair highly enough. I look forward to booking again.’" August 2020
"W wonderful holiday house - a home from home, in an amazing area - our favourite place in Scotland. Loved watching the rabbits in the garden and the red squirrels in the trees. The best holiday house we have stayed in . We will be back! " August 2019
"What a fabulous place to stay, everything we needed in the house and surrounding area. We have had a blast, even the dogs are worn out! Will definitely be using Handpicked Lodges again. Loved the welcome pack too! " August 2019
"Another fantastic stay at this stunning cottage. Walks and cycle routes straight from the door. Although the weather was poor it never kept us in. The shed is a god send for storing bikes. Great service from HPL. Attention to detail. Hope to return for a 3rd visit. " September 2019
"As soft and lovely as the heather in the glen, As sturdy and strong as the hills, Timeless in comfort Abundant in welcome Cairn Eilrig has been And in memory ever will Be a bonnie Scottish home So delightful to have been here! To arrive to such a cordial note, accompanied by your thoughtful. welcoming gifts. truly began a marvellous time here in the Cairngorm Mountains. Thank you Handpicked Lodges for sharing this beautiful home with us! Congratulations on your recent awards - they are well deserved - and our best wishes for your ongoing success. " September 2019
"Like the Cairngorms scenery, Cairn Eilrig as a holiday home ticks all the boxes. We've had a lovely time and are sad to be going home. " October 2019
"We keep coming back to our favourite place to stay in the Highlands. Blessed with beautiful views, four seasons in a day. Never fails to surpass our expectations. Walks from the doorstep, amazing. Thanks to Judith and team Handpicked! " October 2019
"Just a quick note to say we loved Cairn Eilrig. The house was perfect for Elmo, so much room. ( not to much for him to bump into) We loved watching the stars from the sunroom and the views if the snow covered mountains were amazing. Then at night we had a pine martin come to visit. We are sure a badger came as well, but never saw him. Loved the coffee, Huntly raspberry jam and Emily's honey. Looking forward to Riverside Cottage in February. Thank you to you and your team for a great holiday experience from start to finish." November 2019
"We had a fabulous stay here for the week - a great weed of walking, mountain climbing etc. Loved the log fire and the amazing views from the lodge, entrance/porch area fab for drying off wet gear! Such a beautiful place, will definitely be back! " January 2020
"We had an amazing stay at Cairn Eilrig, loved waking up every morning to the views from the living room and sun room. Could never get board of seeing that sun rise over Cairngorm Mountain. The lodge is a great base for all sightseeing and dog lovers. So many great walks at your door step. I dont think the dog even wants to leave! The lodge itself is lovely and has everything you need, we will most definitely be back. " January 2020
"We’re just home from our second stay at Cairn Eilrig and to be honest, we didn’t want to come home! Even the weather was kind to us - we didn’t need waterproofs all week. The property was just as we remembered it (albeit without some of the soft furnishings, due the Covid 19 restrictions, but when there’s a panoramic view all around, who needs cushions and throws?). It was scrupulously clean, I’ve never stayed anywhere ever, as clean as Cairn Eilrig. The cleaners are doing an amazing job, and deserve huge thanks for this, especially at this difficult time. We walked every day from the door and the trails are so well kept. We joined trails up to make longer walks and my husband had a run around Loch Morlich (as well as a walk around it with me and our cockapoo Ludo). There’s nothing at all negative, to say about Cairn Eilrig, it’s a fabulous property, we just love it and really hope that we manage to come again next year for a third time." September 2020