Newtonmore & Kingussie
These towns, now bypassed by the fast A9, are in the heart of the Highlands and between them offer all sorts of delights for all the family amid fabulous scenery. There are forest and wildlife parks, dog sled experiences, mountain biking tracks, steam railways, skiing and snow boarding on the Cairngorm, sailing on Loch Morlich and many more attractions that ensure a fascinating holiday experience.
Newtonmore & Kingussie Self Catering Cottages
Newtonmore lies about 10 miles north of Laggan and is known as the 'walking centre of Scotland'. It is also on the wildcat trail. The Highland Folk Museum in the village is a fascinating visitor attraction which features a reconstructed village of old cottages, a school and croft, with demonstrations of wood-carving, spinning and peat-fire baking (another part of the museum is located in Kingussie).
Nearby Laggan is where the TV series 'Monarch of the Glen' was filmed amidst beautiful countryside. The loch, Loch Laggan, is the source of the River Spey and the site of the 700 foot Laggan Dam that is part of the Lochaber hydro-electric scheme. The area offers many opportunities for walking, horse-riding, mountain-biking and there is a nature reserve west of the village.
Kingussie lies a few miles north of Newtonmore. The Highland Folk Museum at this site is also in the form of a village depicting traditional Highland life with a thatched blackhouse, smokery and a water-powered sawmill.
Nearby are the ruins of Ruthven Barracks built to control the Highlanders following the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715. There are walks to the Monaliadth Mountains, north-west of Kingussie, a circular walk to the summit of Carn an Fhreiceadain and many mountain-biking trails.