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5 ways to celebrate Mother's Day in the heart of the Cairngorms

By Federica Stefani

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A few ideas to treat your mum on this special day. (Stock image)
A few ideas to treat your mum on this special day. (Stock image)

Mother's Day is just around the corner, and it's the perfect time to shower the incredible women in our lives with love and appreciation. This year, why not ditch the generic gift ideas and create an experience she'll truly cherish?

The Cairngorms National Park, with its breathtaking scenery, warm hospitality, and unique offerings, provides the ideal backdrop for a memorable Mother's Day celebration.

So, put away the socks and slippers, and dive into tips for five unforgettable ways to spoil mum this year:

1. A brunch fit for a queen

Kickstart Mother's Day celebrations with a delightful Sunday Brunch at The Boat Country Inn - whilst admiring the stunning scenery of the Cairngorms National Park through the restaurant’s window.

Picture yourselves sitting down in a cosy atmosphere, indulging in Scottish specialties like smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, a hearty Cullen Skink soup, or a full Scottish breakfast. The new menu offers also modern twists on classics like smashed avocado and poached eggs - and for anyone with a sweet tooth, warm maple butter pancakes are also sure to please.

Beyond the food, stunning views from the restaurant windows or outdoor seating create a memorable ambiance. This is the perfect way to ensure a relaxing and enjoyable experience full of taste. For an extra splash of flavour, why not to try one of the specialities from local distilleries and breweries on the menu?

2. Endless possibilities with a voucher

Sometimes, the best gift is the freedom to choose. Spoil mum with a voucher from The Boat Inn, allowing her to select a stay, a delectable meal or any of the offers available at her leisure.

Whether she craves a romantic getaway with afternoon tea and a cozy room overlooking stunning mountain landscapes, or simply wants to unwind with an afternoon tea or a cocktail, a voucher lets her tailor the experience to her desires.

A thoughtful gesture that shows you care about her personal preferences - as well as offering flexibility and the excitement and anticipation of planning a special outing!

3. A delightful Afternoon Tea

For Mums who have a soft spot for elegance and dainty and tasty bites, an afternoon tea is the perfect treat to gift.

The perfect way to indulge in a cosy restaurant, the air outside still chilly as spring approaches, and warming up indoors with a cup of tea or coffee and a selection of freshly made sandwiches & delicious cakes. Who can resist the temptation of scrumptious scones with jam and clotted cream and other teatime desserts?

And why not, maybe adding a sparkling twist with a glass of prosecco?

4. Unwind and reconnect with a weekend getaway

This is the perfect gift to share some beautiful memories together - or for your mum to share an indulging break with a special person.

To mark the occasion, The Boat Inn is offering a special Mother's Day package designed to pamper and delight, including a two nights stay in one of the Inn’s cosy rooms, room service for breakfast with personalised menu, and a welcome basket filled with chocolates and a bottle of bubbly to kick off the celebrations - as well as a photoshoot to capture the weekend’s memories.

Sinking into a plush bed after a day of exploring the beautiful walks and amenities in the area will feel even better!

5. Explore local heritage and wildlife with a day out

Immerse yourselves in the rich history and culture of the Highlands with a day trip exploring local heritage. Hop aboard the iconic Strathspey Railway, a steam train journey that winds through breathtaking landscapes, offering glimpses of ancient castles, charming villages, and dramatic mountains. The Station at Boat of Garten was also made famous recently as it offered the backdrop to the opening scenes of the popular TV show The Traitors.

Wildlife fans can also head to the stunning RSPB reserve in Abernethy at Loch Garten or enjoy leisurely walks in the beautiful surroundings of Boat of Garten.

These are just a few ideas for gifts and experiences to mark Mother’s Day to get you started - what are your plans to make the most out of this day?

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