Our Story

Cairngorm Lodges are located in Aberdeenshire amidst a pine forest on the Blelack Estate and came to be built on a design inspired by a cheeky Cairngorms' red squirrel.

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In the beginning

At the entrance to our magical forest sits the original Woodcutters Cabin. Having sat empty and fallen into disrepair, we lovingly renovated and restored it in 2009. It started out as a labour of love project but once complete our friends fought to stay in it and we very quickly realised that it wasn’t just us who found the location so utterly perfect. We felt compelled to build a few more lodges.

Our project journey

Originally the local council planning department requested that the cabins be located together but having spent so much time in the woodlands ourselves we knew that if we built them close together the experience of immersing into nature would be completely lost. During a visit from the planning department a cheeky red squirrel came to join the meeting at Woodcutters Cabin. Seeing him hang from a tree outside the kitchen window changed everything – the lodges had to be secluded in their own unique setting and wildlife must be undisturbed. We got our way and will forever be grateful to that particular red squirrel!

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Today

Since opening in 2012 we have welcomed guests from all over the world and a number now come back to stay with us once or twice a year. At Cairngorm Lodges we pride ourselves on ensuring that guests get the most from their stay. This starts with Sarah who will answer the phone to you, arrange for you to be met on arrival and be will there to help with any queries. Our hosts Carol, Jean and Kathleen will have the fire on ready for your arrival, let you in to your lodge and ensure you have everything to hand for a most enjoyable stay at Cairngorm Lodges.

The Blelack Woodlands

The woodlands surrounding Cairngorm Lodges are steeped in history and are simply teeming with flora and fauna. Guests enjoy forest walks straight from their lodges with paths to take them as far as they may wish to go. The Blelack woods form part of the larger mosaic of woodlands and agricultural land of the Howe of Cromar. The main visual significance of the Blelack woods is the internal landscape of mixed semi-mature woodland which provides a pleasant sheltered environment for guests.

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Come see for yourself the magic of the stunning Royal Deeside scenery!