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Hillside Balcony

Moray Firth & The Cairngorms
3 Bedrooms
2 Bathrooms
6 Guests
2 Dogs

Hillside Balcony has the most wonderful views over the Spey Valley to the Cairngorm Mountains. The captivating ever changing scenery and colours may tempt you to stay on the balcony and not venture far. The house is finished to an excellent standard and offers spacious family holiday accommodation including a gravel courtyard garden to the rear with wood fired hot tub and seating for al fresco dining.

Kingussie is a quiet town with excellent local shops and good quality art galleries. The town itself lies by the River Spey and is surrounded by some of the best of Scottish scenery with views to the heather clad Cairngorm Mountains. The mountains form the heart of the Cairngorm National Park with magnificent native woodlands to explore and a vast range of wildlife to be seen. Walking and bike trails are available from the door step while there are numerous selections of day trips to Inverness, the Moray Firth for dolphin watching or Whisky and Castle trails. All in all it is a superb location from which to explore the Scotland’s fascinating culture and history.

There are wonderful opportunities for all types of outdoor recreation including the renowned Aviemore ski resort, mountain biking (bikes can be hired locally), pony trekking and good access to local walks including the Speyside Way. There are superb opportunities for wildlife watching including Ospreys at the RSPB Abernethy Forest Reserve on the shore of Loch Garten; Cappercailie can also be seen if you are an early riser. There is a local bird hide at Milton Loch, Boat of Garten. Golfers will be in heaven with an old Tom Morris and Harry Vardon 18 hole Course on the edge of the town, a further eleven 18 and 9 hole courses are available across the Cairngorms National Park including the 9-hole course of Carrbridge and Boat of Garten’s 18 hole course which is as demanding as it is lovely, set against the backdrop of stunning Cairn Gorm,
In the east of the Park, the Royal Deeside villages of Ballater and Braemar offer 18-hole courses. Possibly too much choice, but whatever your choice of activity make sure not to miss some relaxation with a treat for everyone by booking Sunday Lunch on the Strathspey Railway Steam Train.

Guest Comments

'We had such a lovely stay at Hillside Balcony. The house was wonderful, clean, warm and welcoming on arrival. We felt at home right from the start. The views from the balcony are glorious and the scenery ever-changing. We've had regular visits from the red squirrels. This has been an ideal base to explore the Cairngorms. We recommend walks to Ruthven Barracks, to Newtonmore for lunch, and the woods above Kingussie. Further afield we have visited Inverness, Braemar and Loch Laggan. We would love to return!' Mr & Mrs Furness, Oct 2020

'Really lovely base for exploring the Cairngorms and beyond. Lots of very thoughtful touches throughout the house and everything was super clean on arrival. We had a wonderful week, thanks so much, we'll be back!' Mr & Mrs Herrtage, Sept 2020

'Fabulous stay, lovely house where we felt very much at home. We enjoyed the views and the log fire for the rather chilly August. Fab base to explore the Highlands. We'll certainly be back!' Mr & Mrs McKenzie, Aug 2020

Hillside Balcony accepts short breaks throughout the year
Damage Deposit £150.00

Accommodation for 6 over 2 floors:

Ground Floor: 4 steps to front door, Entrance vestibule; Hallway; open plan kitchen and dining room; Twin or Super king bedroom (zip and Link - please note preference when booking); Double bedroom and Bathroom with over bath shower room.
First Floor: Spacious sitting room with sliding doors to balcony and principal bedroom with King size bed and en suite shower room
Outside: Enclosed garden gravel courtyard to rear with wood fuel hot tub; seating area; barbecue; storage for Bikes in a garden shed; dog spa. To the front there is an open area with gravel drive/parking for 2 cars
Services: Central heating * Wood Stove with fuel provided * Bed linen & Towels provided * Washing machine * Drier * Dishwasher * Fridge * Freezer * Microwave * Mobile reception * Smart TV with Freeview * Travel Cot, Highchair & Fire guard are available on request (please note requirement at time of booking) * Enclosed garden * Barbecue * Bike storage * WiFi * Maximum of 2 Dogs welcome * NO SMOKING
Extra Fees: Dogs £20/dog/week

Key Features

  • Pets Allowed - 2
  • Open Fire/Stove
  • Internet
  • Hot Tub - Wood fired with initial supply of fuel provided
  • Garden
  • Bicycle Storage

Interior Features

  • Bathrooms
  • Showers
  • King Size Bed
  • Double Beds
  • Twin Bedrooms
  • Single Beds
  • Bed Linen Cost Incl
  • Towels Cost Incl
  • Cot
  • High Chair
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Washing Machine
  • Tumble Dryer
  • TV
  • Heating Cost Incl
  • Open Fire/Stove Cost Incl - Initial supply of fuel provided

External Features

  • Garden Enclosed
  • Garden Furniture
  • Patio/Balcony
  • Parking - For 2 cars
  • Bbq
  • Walk To Pub
  • Walk To Shops


  • Level Access - gravel and paving

Local Experiences and Activities

  • Golf
  • Mountain Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Woodland walks
  • Wildlife trails
  • Hill walking
  • Mountain View
  • Skiing


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Damage Deposit for care of property

All holiday-makers booking a holiday are required to pay either a Damage Deposit, £150 or as noted in the property listing details, or Damage Deposit waiver of £18, whichever is selected is required to be paid with the balance payment of the holiday. Where selected the Damage Deposit will be held by Discover Scotland to be applied against the reasonable costs of repairs, replacement or additional cleaning of furnishings, kitchen equipment, crockery, glass, bedding and towels damaged or soiled other than by normal wear and tear during the holiday. The Damage Deposit, less any reasonable charges, will be returned within 14 days of the departure date. Where any costs exceed the Damage Deposit the holiday-maker will pay such excess as notified to them by Discover Scotland within 14 days of notification. Where the holiday-maker has agreed to pay the Damage Deposit Waiver the Damage Deposit is not payable. This amount is non-refundable. If the cost of any damage or breakages exceeds the applicable Damage Deposit value for the property, then the holiday-maker will be liable for any additional costs. Any such excess will be notified to them by Discover Scotland and due for payment within 14 days of notification.

All bookings require either a refundable Damage Deposit £150 or as per the property details or £18 non refundable Damage Deposit Waiver.
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