Boat of Garten
|Boat of Garten|
|Scottish Gaelic: Coit a' Ghartain|
Boat of Garten shown within the Badenoch and Strathspey area
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Post town||Boat of Garten|
|Postcode district||PH24 3|
Boat of Garten (Scottish Gaelic: Coit a' Ghartain; originally: Garten) is a small village and post town in Badenoch and Strathspey, Highland, Scotland. In 1951, the population was less than 400; in 1971, it was almost 500; in 1981, it was almost 700, and the same in 2001.
The settlement name derives from the nearby old ferry over the River Spey. However, its early history does not refer to the "boat" or ferry as Pont's map of 1600 and Roy's map of 1750 named the location simply "Garten".
Boat of Garten is located between Aviemore and Grantown-on-Spey. It lies to the northeast of Aviemore, just north of Auchgourish and east of Kinveachy. Grantown is 7.5 miles (12.1 km) away. Loch Garten lies to the southeast of the village.
Situated at an altitude of 220 metres (720 ft) above sea level, it lies 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) from the River Spey in the Cairngorms National Park. Being close to the Cairngorm Mountains. it is in view of the Lairig Ghru and the northern Braeriach corries.
St Columba's Church was built in the summer of 1900 at a cost of £820, and the church hall was added in 1934.
After the Disruption of 1843, the men of the area engaged in a fanaticism, erecting the "Stone of the Spey" below Boat of Garten. The stone was inscribed by one William Grant and was erected in 1865 in memory of the late wife of Patrick Grant. As it was associated with scandal, the district residents destroyed it and threw it into the river.
Flora and fauna
Alyssum calycinum, L., Cerastium arvense, L., Vaccinium Vitia-Idcea, L., and Kcelerva cristata are found in the village, as are Juniperus communis, Arctostaphylos Vva-ursi, L., Empetrum nigrum, L., Juniperus communis, L., and Hypnum crista-castrensis, L. Rare fungi include Agaricus (Amanita) virosus, Fr., A. (Armillaria) buWiger, A. & S., A. (Flammula) spumoaus, Fr., Paxillua atrotomentosus, Fr., Cantharellua umbonatus, Fr., Hydnum imbrvcatum, L., H. fragile, Fr., and H. acrobiculatum, Fr.
The railway through the village was built by the Inverness and Perth Junction Railway. Later, it was joined by the Strathspey Railway to Dufftown. Following closure, it is now preserved as part of the Strathspey Steam Railway.
Before a bridge was built over the Spey, Boat of Garten had an important ferry over the river.
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