At the start of another year of outdoor activities Kingussie residents will have noticed the new "Cycling around Kingussie" information boards which have gone up this week on King Street and in front of the Court House on High Street. Showcasing a number of the popular road routes and mountain bike tracks in the local area they do a great job of highlighting the cycle options available. The CFK team have selected 10 routes in all and have taken in the classic rides to Laggan, Dalwhinnie, Loch an Eilean as well as mountain bike trails around Loch Gynack and Glen Feshie.
There was recently a small but nevertheless important event when the resting place of Donald Campbell - The Bard of Badenoch - was restored and one of his songs brought back to public attention.
Donald Campbell (1799-1875), commonly known as Dòmhnall Phàil, was a renowned Gaelic poet and songwriter of the nineteenth century, his most famous song being "The Emigrants Song" which was written in 1838 after the poet had witnessed the departure of over 200 local crofters to Australia due to harsh living conditions and after a series of poor harvests.
This Christmas Kingussie is hosting all the traditional events.
The Christmas Funday takes place on Sunday the 4th December when many shops will be open and offering hot drinks or mulled wine. There is a Santa's Grotto, a Junior mini Grand Prix and street stalls. The Iona Gallery will have an Art & Craft Market and there'll be a Floral Art exhibition in Talla nan ros. At 16:30 the Strathspey & Badenoch Pipe Band will march past and the town Christmas tree will be lit.