Welcome to the Boathouse Restaurant

A warm welcome awaits you at our family owned Boathouse Bar and Restaurant, situated on the shores of stunning Loch Insh, in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. The business has been owned by the Freshwater family for almost 50 years.

We serve:

Breakfast between 8.30am and 10am.
Home baking and coffee from 10am onwards.
Lunch between 12pm and 4pm.
Evening meals between 5pm and 8pm.

To book a table, please call our friendly team on 01540 651 394 or email


Food & Drink

Boasting one of the most spectacular views in the Scottish Highlands, we use where possible, the best locally sourced ingredients to produce creative menus with home-style cooked food. Complimented by a wide selection of drinks and local hand-crafted beer and spirits, makes the Boathouse Restaurant and Bar a must go-to destination for any visitor to the area.

Our doors are open from breakfast and lunch through till late serving evening meals. We welcome all ages of guests and size of party. Afternoon’s at Loch Insh are made for sitting with friends, watching the breathtaking views while relaxing with a bespoke coffee and one of our homemade cakes. Watch the sun go down in the evening whilst you are enjoying your meal, candles at the table add to the intimacy.

Click here to view our winter menu – Winter Menu 2019

Upcoming Events

25th Dec – Christmas Dinner

26th Dec – Boxing Day Breather with Pizza & Pasta Lunch 12 to 4pm

31st Dec – Hogmanay 3 course menu, fireworks, ceilidh & disco – tickets still available

1st Jan – Dare to Dip, our New Year dip in aid of Cairngorm Mountain Rescue

We also cater for a host of large group bookings – including corporate events, weddings, birthdays and a host of other special occasions. Please get in touch at for a quote or call 01540 651272.

Other facilities:

  • Free WiFi
  • Child friendly play parks
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Free Parking
  • Pets welcome in Bar – must be on a lead.
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Showers / Changing rooms available 8:30-5:30pm

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Enjoy our facilities for longer and book a break away, whether it be B&B or Self Catering we've got it all!

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Boathouse Restaurant

Winter Menu!

Have a look at our Winter Menu designed by our chefs here at The Boathouse. For more information contact us on;

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