About the Area

Local Area

The area surrounding Kingussie is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and for those who are after a relaxing break in the invigorating Highland air. Kingussie is translated from the Gaelic ‘Ceann-a-Ghuibhsaich’, meaning ‘The head of the pinewood’. It was founded in the late 1700’s by the Duke of Gordon, and initially was a small hamlet surrounded by pine forest, vastly different to the vibrant town you see today.

Kingussie has much to offer any tourist. The nearby Ruthven Barracks has a strong connection to the Jacobite uprisings of 1715 and 1745 and from the top of the hill, there is a stunning view of the valley. In nearby Newtonmore (3 miles away) there is the highly recommended ‘Highland Folk Museum’ and also the ‘Wildcat Trail’, a series of walks throughout the back of the village, taking in some stunning highland scenery.

Should you want to travel a little further, the ‘Highland Wildlife Park’ is 7 miles north – definitely worth a visit to meet ‘Walker’ the Polar Bear!!!

For those of you interested in walking in the Cairngorms, here is a fantastic link with all the information you'll need:


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