In the Cairngorm National Park and the foothills of the Monadhliath Mountains, lies Kingussie (near Aviemore) , a paradise for outdoor activities and those who appreciate invigorating Highland air, dramatic scenery and Highland hospitality.
Kingussie (Gaelic: Ceann-á-Ghuibhsaich: the head of the pinewood) is the traditional capital of Badenoch, the area of the upper Spey Valley in the Heart of the Scottish Highlands. It was founded in the late 18th Century by the Duke of Gordon and at that time it was a small hamlet surrounded by a vast pine forest. On the opposite side of the River Spey is Ruthven Barracks, the site of an earlier settlement with connections to the 1715 and 1745 Jacobite risings.
Today, the prosperous town of Kingussie is within Scotland's largest National Park. Officially opened on 1st September 2003 and covering an area of 3,800 square kilometres (1,400 square miles), the Cairngorms National Park (Pairc Naiseanta a Mhonaidh Ruaid) contains a quarter of Scotland’s native woodlands and is refuge to many rare species of flora and fauna.
There is much on offer here. For those seeking invigorating activities, experience climbing, rambling, pony trekking, water and winter sports. Kingussie’s challenging 18 hole hillside golf course, established in 1891, rises to 1,000 ft above sea level, offering spectacular views of the National Park. In addition there are 18 hole golf courses in nearby Newtonmore, Aviemore, Boat of Garten and Grantown-on-Spey.
For those seeking Highland peace and tranquillity there are glorious riverside walks, fishing and bird watching or visit the ruins of Ruthven Barracks - a pleasant country walk from the town.
There is the award winning Highland Folk Museum at Kingussie and Newtonmore and the Highland Wildlife Park 5 miles north, on the outskirts of Kincraig.
2 miles from Kingussie is the RSPB Insh Marshes Reserve, one of the finest wetlands conservation areas in the UK; many events are organised throughout the Summer.
If Kingussie Shinty team www.kingussieshinty.com are playing at The Dell (their local ground), you will have the opportunity of watching one of the oldest Gaelic field sports performed by a team with an unrivalled record of championship and cup wins in the modern era.
In the heart of the town you will find a selection of cafes, restaurants and hotels serving delicious Highland fare and interesting shops including essential food and pharmacy items, gifts, original art works and mementos to remind you of your visit to Kingussie.
The hugely popular television series, 'Monarch of the Glen' seen by audiences all over the world was filmed entirely in the upper Spey Valley, including many scenes featuring Kingussie.
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