Cairn Eilrig

Panoramic mountain views. Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. Oh and the Cairngorm reindeer herd live just next door!

​Pet friendly

Wood-burning stove

Panoramic views

Sun room

Sleeps 6 with space for cots

1x king room with ensuite

1x king room

1x twin room

Sky TV

Built in wardrobes

Fantastic location

Family bathroom with bath

​Drying room


​Washing machine

​Free WIFI​

BBQ & outdoor dining area

Storage for sports equipment

Parking for 4 cars

​Large garden


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

"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