Love both The Heathers & Boat of Garten. It's a very comfortable cottage, that's fully equipped for a self catering holiday. There's a small shop in Boat for bits & pieces, but there are supermarkets in Avimore, about 10 mins away by car. The garden is fully enclosed, which is great for dogs (and children!). You can walk from the door; with forest at the end of the cul-de-sac, or you are minutes to the River Spey, where you can walk along the banks. We walked Abernethy Forest, Rothimurchus Estate, Glenmore Forest, around Grantown & Carrbridge, and all were within 30 mins by car. We also managed to catch the steam train (dog friendly), and find a few distilleries (not dog friendly, but we had a non whiskey drinker who was happy to entertain the dog during visits!). We will definitely be back to the area, and hopefully our base at The Heathers.