Walking in Kingussie
Kingussie is an ideal base for walking and whether you are interested in a scenic woodland stroll, a moderate walk or a full day hike it is all there waiting.
This page outlines some of the options available starting from the town centre and without the need for transport
Kingussie Paths Network
A variety of pleasant local walks on well-maintained and way-marked paths network.
All of these are featured on the KCDC’s guide map which can be downloaded here
Gynack Mill Trail – A walk along the Gynack burn through woods on good paths with interpretation panels describing the natural surroundings and historical context. 1 hour. Easy.
West Terrace Circular – A circular walk on quiet roadways with impressive 19th century villas, then through woodland and hillside. Views over the Spey valley. 1.5 hours. Easy, includes some moderate gradients.
Tom Baraidh Circular – A pleasant way-marked route on forest paths in mature Scots Pine woodland. 2 hours. Easy, includes a moderate gradient in one section.
Raitts township - A way-marked linear route on a grassy trail through fields and juniper woodland to the ruined settlement at Raitts. Little remains of the buildings but this is an atmospheric site given special significance as this settlement has been recreated at the Highland Folk Museum. 1.5 – 2 hours there and back, can be extended by combining with the Tom Baraidh Circular. Dogs should be kept on a lead at the township site itself due to sheep. Easy, with some uneven ground.
Golf Course Circular – An excellent way-marked circular route following the Gynack Burn upstream, through birch woodland to the picturesque Loch Gynack. 1.5 hours. Easy, with some uneven ground, can be muddy.
Creag Bheag – 3 mile circular path on the hill (487 m) overlooking Kingussie. Although a short hill climb the views from the summit over the strath and towards the Monadhliath hills are outstanding. 2.5 hours. Moderate hill walk, steep in places. For a more detailed route map see Walking Highlands page.
Loch Gynack path to Newtonmore – A longer walk sharing the same outward path as the Golf Course Circular as far as Loch Gynack. Then follows a well maintained path along the south side of the Loch through birch woods. Continues until joining up with the way-marks leading down to Strone Road, Newtonmore. From the circular route follows the off-road cycle path back to Kingussie. 2.5 – 3.5 hours.
For a more detailed route map see Walking Highlands .