KingussieUnited Kingdom

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Part of Cairngorms National Park, this pretty town offers thrilling outdoor activities and beguiling Highland culture.

Kingussie is set in a picturesque location beside the River Spey, offering lovely views of the Cairngorms in the distance. An outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, Kingussie is a wonderful spot for cycling, fishing, golfing, pony trekking and serene riverside walks. Watch demonstrations of woodcarving and other traditional trades at the town’s folk museum, visit the exciting wildlife park nearby or cheer on Kingussie’s shinty team playing at the Dell.

Learn about Highland life at the open-air Highland Folk Museum. This living history museum is modeled after an 18th-century farming township, with walking paths leading visitors past thatch-roofed cottages. Old-fashioned buildings include a water-powered sawmill, a shepherd’s bothy (hut), a clockmaker’s workshop and a schoolhouse. Listen to recitals with traditional Highland instruments and watch demonstrations of peat-fire baking and wool-spinning.

Enjoy the scenic walk from town to the Ruthven Barracks ruins. Set imposingly on a river terrace, the barracks were one of four garrisons built by the British government after the first Jacobite rebellion in 1715. Visit at night when the crumbling barracks are illuminated by floodlight.

Tee off at the Kingussie Golf Club, a challenging 18-hole hillside course. Set high above sea level, the course offers excellent views of the national park. Watch shinty at the Dell. This amateur sport played in the Highlands is somewhat similar to field hockey.

See rare and endangered Scottish animals at Highland Wildlife Park. Drive through the reserve or take advantage of the park’s free Land Rover tours. See yak, European bison and Bactrian camels roaming freely. Listen to informative daily feeding talks presented by the animal keepers. Follow nature trails and spot more wildlife at the Insh Marshes RSPB Reserve with diverse birds including curlew, snipe and whooper swan.

Kingussie is 44 miles (71 kilometers) south of Inverness and 13 miles (21 kilometers) southwest of Aviemore. Reach the town easily by bus or train. It lies along several cycling routes. Experience some of the Highland’s best hospitality and outdoor entertainment in Kingussie.

Top hotels in Kingussie

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Sonnhalde Guest House
Sonnhalde Guest House
3 out of 5
East Terrace, Kingussie, Scotland
£78
per night
Feb 25 - Feb 26

Situated in Kingussie, this guesthouse is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Kingussie Golf Club and within 3 miles (5 km) of Highland Folk Museum and Newtonmore Golf Club. ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (265 reviews)
Wonderful!

"The owner was delightful and extremely helpful. Breakfast was awesome. Highly recommend this great find!!"…"

Reviewed on 16 Oct 2019

Sonnhalde Guest House
McInnes House Hotel
McInnes House Hotel
3 out of 5
Newtonmore Road, Kingussie, Scotland
£80
per night
Feb 22 - Feb 23

Situated in the mountains, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Kingussie Golf Club and 2 mi (3.3 km) from Highland Folk Museum. Highland Wildlife Park and CairnGorm ...

4/5Very Good! (108 reviews)

"Our stay was just a quick overnight visit, but we greatly enjoyed the restaurant (and got a high recommendation to do so from a local resident, who said it was the place to eat dinner and he gave us good advice). The location is convenient for activities in the area (hiking, Leault Sheepdogs, jumping ..."…"

Reviewed on 29 Oct 2019

McInnes House Hotel
The Silverfjord
The Silverfjord
3 out of 5
Ruthven Road, Kingussie, Scotland
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
£35
per night
Mar 15 - Mar 16

Situated in Kingussie, this inn is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Kingussie Golf Club and within 3 miles (5 km) of Highland Folk Museum and Newtonmore Golf Club. Highland ...

3.9/5Very Good! (109 reviews)

"suited our purpose for a short stay in the area."…"

Reviewed on 22 Nov 2019

The Silverfjord

Popular things to do in Kingussie

Highland Wildlife Park
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Highland Wildlife Park

4.5/5(54 reviews)

Learn about Scotland’s incredible variety of wildlife at this drive-through safari park and walking area.

Loch Insh
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Loch Insh

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Loch Insh during your travels in Kingussie. Discover the mountain views and bars in this quaint area.

Cairngorms National Park
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Cairngorms National Park

4.5/5(110 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Cairngorms National Park, a popular green space in Aviemore. Visit the lively bars or top-notch restaurants in this family-friendly area.

Glenshee Ski Centre
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Glenshee Ski Centre

4/5(20 reviews)

Hit the slopes at Glenshee Ski Centre, a top ski area in Ballater. While in this family-friendly area, you can savour the restaurants and bars.

Urquhart Castle
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Urquhart Castle

4.5/5(89 reviews)

Visit one of the most scenic heritage attractions in Scotland, a set of majestic ruins on the banks of the glittering waters of Loch Ness.

CairnGorm Mountain
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CairnGorm Mountain

4.5/5(59 reviews)

Explore a wide range of pistes, freestyle skiing areas and a snow park before taking a break at Scotland’s highest restaurant at this stunning highland ski resort.

Reviews of Kingussie

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Sep 17, 2019

Friendly, helpful people. Good tourist information to guide around Kingussie. Beautiful setting.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Aug 30, 2019

Enjoy the terrific second hand bookshop!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jul 15, 2019

Beautiful town giving easy access to many attractions in the area

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

May 19, 2019

There lots off things to do

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

May 11, 2019

Nice quiet town with nice shops.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

May 5, 2019

We just stared here as we were going to The Highland Park so very convenient.