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.
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.
Drawing on 40 years of hospitality experience, we specialise in large corporate events and group bookings ranging from weddings to birthdays and a host of other special occasions. Please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org for a quote or call 01540 651272.
Child friendly play parks
Pets welcome (dogs must be on a lead. Only allowed in the Pool room or Bar)
Credit cards accepted
Showers & changing rooms at the beach Open 8:30-5:30pm
"Such a good place to go. Not only was it a lot of fun but the instructors were so nice! 10/10 would definitely come back...even if I did leave with a few bumps and bruises!"
"One of the best weekends I've had in a long time. We will recommend to everyone and will definitely be back"
"I am writing to thank you for a great experience – the sailing is an experience I will never forget – the instructors helped me learn new skills – the food was great and our chalet rocked!"
“Thank you for the great time on our school trip, the staff are great at teaching and were really funny. I liked the BBQ, disco, and enjoyed the kayaking and mountain bikes – I had so much fun”
"Jonny, you and your team did an absolutely fabulous job on all fronts. The food was just magic, the housing, logistics, video, camping and dinner at Craigellachie and your choice of coaches. Along with the overall family welcome at Loch Insh, our trip could not have been more brilliant"
“We wanted to thank you in making our weekend so enjoyable, the hospitality was second to none. It was a weekend that we and the boys won’t forget”
“Just a note to thank all concerned for the first class service received for my daughter’s wedding, everybody commented on the outstanding service, setting and food. Many thanks, you all helped to make my day”
"Thank you very much for a lovely week. We enjoyed all the activities because you made them fun, the staff were very nice, our room was cosy and snug, the food was delicious and we had fun making our own packed lunches”
“Thank you sooooo much for letting me have a good time, the instructors were awesome and my favourite activity was everything!!!! A great experience – I am glad I went”
“Thank you very much for our week at Loch Insh where we had best instructor ever. The activities were amazing. I hope to come back soon - you are great!”
“I am writing to say thank you for such a great week, it has been very fun and exciting. I have done things that I thought I would never do in my whole life”
"My chalet was really nice and cosy! My favourite part of the chalet was the little loft that you could sleep in, and in the morning a couple of chickens came to the door; they were really cute and funny!"
"I enjoyed all the activities alot but have to say that windsurfing was the best, even though I was not good at it. My second favourite was skiing because my favourite instructor took us for that activity".
“Thank you for a fantastic week. The children have not stopped talking about it since”
“I wish to thank you and your staff for the wonderful time our pupils had at Loch Insh. It was a fantastic and challenging visit and I have nothing but praise for your team and facilities and have no hesitation in recommending your facilities to other schools”
“We really enjoyed our first visit and are looking forward to returning. The chalet photos on your website doesn’t do them justice”
“Children’s play areas are excellent and kept the youngsters amused for hours. Many thanks”
“Our first visit for 2 years and it has improved in every department. Well done, most impressive”
“Beautiful setting, friendly polite staff sailing. Thank you”
“An excellent meal, welcome and service – I would recommend and come again”
“The warmth was wonderful – consistently the best Restaurant of its type – keep it up”
“A fantastic place – so much to do without leaving the area – the 3 hours free water-sports each day was great – have never done any before but will take it up at home and return next year to do more – thanks so much”
“It has been a fantastic week – we have loved being here – would recommend it and will return”
“Lovely view from our chalet – wish we could have stayed longer – enjoyed the squirrel and birds feeding outside window - peaceful, relaxing break – thank you”
“Breakfast is absolutely wonderful – the setting is perfect – excellent value for money – we will be back”
“We think the whole set up is absolutely brilliant, the service and especially the food in the Restaurant – we stumbled on this by accident - you should advertise more as this is a top rate destination”