View to the property
Watch out for the red squirrels running through the garden
Beautiful countryside views from the property
Enjoy the spectacular views from the lounge
Lounge with surrounding countryside views
Enjoy your morning coffee while you plan your day ahead
Kitchen area with views
Double en-suite bedroom with amazing views
Twin bedroom
Single bedroom
Enjoy a spot of lunch
Loch Laggan beach
Scottish Highland Cows
Lovely mountain views from the property
Views to the rolling hills
Monarch of the Glen film location
View towards the property
Take a walk to the local cafe for breakfast, lunch or a coffee
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2 / 18  Watch out for the red squirrels running through the garden
3 / 18  Beautiful countryside views from the property
4 / 18  Enjoy the spectacular views from the lounge
5 / 18  Lounge with surrounding countryside views
6 / 18  Enjoy your morning coffee while you plan your day ahead
7 / 18  Kitchen area with views
8 / 18  Double en-suite bedroom with amazing views
9 / 18  Twin bedroom
10 / 18  Single bedroom
11 / 18  Enjoy a spot of lunch
12 / 18  Loch Laggan beach
13 / 18  Scottish Highland Cows
14 / 18  Lovely mountain views from the property
15 / 18  Views to the rolling hills
16 / 18  Monarch of the Glen film location
17 / 18  View towards the property
18 / 18  Take a walk to the local cafe for breakfast, lunch or a coffee

Wagtail Watch

The Cairngorms, The Highlands
Sleeps 5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 1
3 star
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Working farm
Shop nearby
Beach within easy reach
Fishing onsite / nearby
Family friendly
Travel cot available
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At a glance

  • Tranquil getaway located in a rural setting South West of the Cairngorms
  • Traditional bungalow with a homely feel in peaceful private location
  • Beautiful views overlooking the country side and Lochaber Hills beyond
  • A wide variety of wildlife in the surrounding area from golden eagles, red deer, and stag
  • Abundance of outdoor activities for all including walking, cycling  fishing and golf
Property code: IN515

A traditional and welcoming bungalow situated on a sheep farm amidst stunning and peaceful countryside views over fields to the River Spey and Lochaber Hills.

This comfortable bungalow is situated on a working sheep farm in the south-west of the Cairngorms National Park. It is close to the River Spey, one of Scotland’s finest fishing rivers for salmon and sea trout. Just 5 miles away, near the source of the river, the village of Laggan is nestled amongst the Monadhliath and Grampian mountain ranges. Staying here, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the tranquil and majestic landscape with the chance to see a wide variety of wildlife from pine martin and red deer stags to golden eagles and osprey. This is a perfect spot for adventurous folk who want to spend time in the great outdoors, whether fishing, hill walking, cycling, skiing or patiently trying to get the ultimate wildlife photograph.

This charming holiday cottage offers privacy and peace as a quiet retreat for families or friends to rest from a day’s exploring. The timber framing of the building reflects the woods in the landscape around it and it has a traditional and homely feel throughout.

Inside this single-storey property, you’ll find a comfortable lounge with spectacular views and an open fireplace, perfect for settling down to relax after a long day out in the fresh air. There are countryside or garden views from each of the three bedrooms, making this a great place to stay if you love the outdoors. The kitchen/diner has plenty of space for spreading out maps over a morning coffee, as does the large picnic bench just outside.

Around the bungalow, there is a tranquil open wooded area and seating which is ideal for taking in views of the surrounding rolling countryside. Red squirrels and pheasants visit the feeders beside the bungalow most days, and hares and partridge are also frequently seen in the garden.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room, 1 twin, 1 single
  • 1 bathroom: With bath and WC
  • Kitchen/diner: Electric cooker and oven, radio, fridge, and microwave
  • TV and DVD
  • Open fireplace
  • Utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Electric central heating and initial supply of solid fuel included
  • Wi-Fi included
  • 1 dog welcome
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Towels not included
  • Natural open wooded area with views
  • Laggan Café and Gallery within walking distance
  • Arrival: 6pm
  • Additional info: Food and fuel can be purchased in Newtonmore 8 miles away
  • Short breaks are invited in the off-peak season

The Cairngorms are the largest mass of high land in the British Isles, covering over 300 square miles and so are famous for their wide range of arctic and alpine flowers. In fair weather, it is well worth a hike to the high hilltops to find early purple orchids in spring and spectacular swathes of globeflowers in summer. There are plenty of trails and lanes to allow you to explore widely on foot, whether you fancy a spot of hillwalking or some more adventurous mountaineering.

Pony trekking is said to have started in the Cairngorms, with the sturdy Highland ponies that work alongside stalkers, carrying deer off the hill. Today there are several pony trekking centres in the Cairngorms National Park, offering everything from beginners' lessons to multi-day treks. You'll also find hire centres for mountain bikes and ski equipment in Aviemore at the heart of the national park.

Much of the filming for the 90s BBC TV series Monarch of the Glen took place in the landscape around the property, so you may spot some familiar locations. Just 5 miles away from this property, the village of Laggan is nestled amongst the Monadhliath and Grampian mountain ranges and has a shop which hosts 'pop up' restaurant nights.

This property is personally managed by Fiona.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 25 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Adrian 26th October 2019

The cottage is perfect if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, every morning you look out the window to a amazing views, and the cottage is clean and tidy and has all the things you need . Thank you wag tail watch for a great get away , I look forward to going again .

Reviewed by Emma 22nd September 2019

Fantastic cottage with spectacular views, especially of the Red Squirrels. Shirley was extremely friendly and helpful when I spoke to her.

Reviewed by Johannes 14th September 2019

Lovely cottage, great views from all the windows. In a beautiful valley in the Cairngorms. Highly recommended!

Reviewed by Matthew 20th July 2019

A lovely, well equipped, cosy cottage with fantastic views. Red squirrels, pheasents, hares and all sorts of birds frequent the garden. There are many things to do in the area.

Reviewed by Darren 15th June 2019

Really enjoyed our week at Wagtail Watch. Quite spacious with wonderful views from just about every window. Fairly well equipped, maybe could do with a bigger freezer. The owner was very helpful on the odd occasion we needed her. We would recommend 100%

Reviewed by Paul 26th March 2019

Wagtail Wafch is a warm and comfortable cottage set in a beautiful location with magnificent views to the front and rear. It is situated in easy reach of Aviemore and Fort William. The feeders in the grounds attract Red Squirrels along with several birds. Highly recommended

Reviewed by Saxon 16th March 2019

Wagtail Watch is ideally situated to explore the Cairngorms National Park. There are beautiful views from the cottage as well as a resident red squirrel! The cottage itself has a cosy feel and the kitchen has everything you might need for yourstay. We would definitely recommend this property .

Reviewed by Russ 6th October 2018

Another great stay in a very warm and comfortable cottage, a great location which is quiet and peaceful, plenty of wildlife around including red Squirrels, Pheasants, partridge coal tits, blue tits, chaffinch, all of which are in the garden...and many stags and farm animals on your travels, will be visiting again for sure....Russ & Mandy.

Reviewed by Sue 29th September 2018

We had a lovely time. The scenery is stunning there is so much to do. The visits from the Red Squirrel were one of the highlights.

Reviewed by Pauline 11th August 2018

Very clean and cosy. Well equipped. Didn't need anything other than good weather

Reviewed by Litjen 7th August 2018

Wonderful cottage with easy access to Newtonmore (10-15 minutes drive), yet secluded enough to be so peaceful at night. Waking up to mooing of cows was amazing. We loved that the cottage had both washer AND dryer. Beds were comfortable and the bed warmers were a very nice touch as my eldest daughter gets cold quicker than the rest of us! We cooked Read moreat least two meals in the cottage and found everything we needed. Great stay, highly recommended! Hide

Reviewed by Jens 9th July 2018

Great location near the shop at the Laggan bridge (to the right of the reservoir, not left as shown on the homepage). Quiet with great views. We felt very well, our children (7 and 10) enjoyed the holiday (although we were traveling a lot in the car ...)

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View to the property
Watch out for the red squirrels running through the garden
Beautiful countryside views from the property
Enjoy the spectacular views from the lounge
Lounge with surrounding countryside views
Enjoy your morning coffee while you plan your day ahead
Kitchen area with views
Double en-suite bedroom with amazing views
Twin bedroom
Single bedroom
Enjoy a spot of lunch
Show 6 moreLoch Laggan beach


Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

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