'So laid-back it's almost horizontal', the Lazy Duck offers the ultimate peaceful retreat, tucked away in green pine forests full of wildlife. The site includes an 8-person hostel, romantic eco-lodge and cabin and a tranquil campsite with hammocks.

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Rooms: Eco-lodge & cabin sleep 2; hostel sleeps 8; campsite 4-pitch
Price:

Hostel from £19 pppn; cabin/eco-lodge from £95 per night for 2 people; camping £15 per tent per night (+ £5 per extra person).

Meals: Self-catering
Open: Year-round
Address: Nethy Bridge, , Inverness-shire, PH25 3ED
Tel: +44 (0) 1479 821092
 

Why we've chosen The Lazy Duck

The Lazy Duck is truly unique – escape from it all on a tiny, secluded site nestled in lush pine forest.  Choose from an eight-person mountain-hut-style hostel, tranquil camping area, or a romantic retreat in the Woodman's Hut or the Duck's Nest.  Sky-view windows allow you to gaze at the stars whilst you snuggle down beside crackling wood-burning stoves.  But to fully appreciate the spectacular surroundings, the outdoor hot-water bush shower offers 'the best mountain view of any shower'.  Relax even more in the wood-fired hot tub or luxurious sauna, and watch out for deer and red squirrels peeking through the trees... and of course the 'lazy ducks' wandering around.


Top eco features at The Lazy Duck

 
  • The Woodman's Hut and the Duck's Nest both have woodburning stoves to keep you snug without the need for additional heating

  • The hot tub is wood-fired and chemical-free, so instead of the smell of chlorine you can enjoy the scent of essential oils and woodsmoke

  • The Duck's Nest and Woodman's Hut have composting toilets outside

  • The Woodman's Hut is completely off-grid and uses atmospheric candle lanterns instead of electric lighting - backed up by lights powered by solar cells

  • Get back to nature and really take in the views by trying out the outdoor hot-water 'bush shower'!

  • Rainwater is collected and reused for showering and washing dishes

  • Recycling facilities are provided

  • Guests are encouraged to arrive on foot or two wheels - one campsite pitch is kept in reserve for anyone arriving under their own steam

  • Cycling and walking trails weave around the area, so you don't need a car to explore

  • Owners can offer you very local free-range eggs from their own chickens, as well as home-made bread and veg and salad grown in the garden

  • Escape from the world in a tranquil, butterfly-filled wildflower garden

  • The hostel, campsite and lodges are nestled in pine forest, ideal for spotting wildlife

 

Location

The Lazy Duck, Cairngorms, Scotland
Nearest train station: Aviemore

Directions from station:
From Aviemore, you can take the picturesque Strathspey Steam Railway to Broomhill Station, 2 miles from The Lazy Duck. Alternatively, the number 34 bus towards Grantown-on-Spey stops about a 10-minute walk away.

Plan your journey by train

Buy rail tickets online and then collect them at any main station.
Bookings usually open 10-12 weeks before your date of travel.

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