There's so much here, it's difficult to know where to start but within the village
there are working sheepdog demonstrations, sailing, canoeing & windsurfing, a dry
ski slope, boat cruises on Loch Insh, a world famous Alpine nursery (with a cafe),
several restaurants, a pub, two hotels, a working Highland estate with all sorts
of sports included, fishing on the River Spey and in Loch Insh, an osprey site, several
way marked walking routes, a gliding field, numerous opportunities for watching birds
and wildlife including deer, red squirrels, the famous Highland cattle, badgers,
otters and finally (we think!) the Highland Wildlife Park.
Close to hand in Newtonmore is the Highland Folk Museum, between them Kingussie
& Newtonmore have two 18 hole golf courses, more restaurants, cafes, another museum
(this time about the Clan Macpherson), tennis courts, bowling greens, more walks,
a Redcoat Barracks at Ruthven (of which the Highlanders made a bit of a mess) and
much more we've forgotten about.
In the other direction is Aviemore and Boat of Garten (linked together and some by
the Strathspey Steam Railway) and Carrbridge which is home to the world famous Landmark
Centre which will keep children of all ages (right up to 80) occupied for a long
time - these attractions together with more eating, sleeping and shopping places
show just how busy a place it is .... and yet ... amongst all the clamour and business
you can find thousands of acres in which to enjoy wonderful, blissful peace - especially
if you leave your mobile behind. This really is one of the most beautiful parts of
the world and a place to suit all tastes.
Click here to see a short video of the area immediately around the Centre. It is in .wmv format. Credit for music & performance of ‘Today’ to composer Brian Doerksen