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Kingussie
Travel Guide

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

Duke Of Gordon Hotel
Duke Of Gordon Hotel
3 out of 5
Newtonmore Road, Kingussie, Scotland
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Situated in Kingussie, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.3 mi (0.6 km) from Kingussie Golf Club and within 3 miles (5 km) of Highland Folk Museum and Newtonmore Golf ...

3.8/5Good! (90 reviews)

"Lovely hotel, however very tired and in need of updating."…"

Reviewed on 3 Oct 2020

Duke Of Gordon Hotel
The Neuk
The Neuk
4 out of 5
10 The Brae, Kingussie, Scotland
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Situated in Kingussie, this cabin is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Loch Insh and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Highland Wildlife Park. Craigellachie National Nature Reserve and ...

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Two Farr Lodge
Two Farr Lodge
4 out of 5
Old Farr Sawmill, Kingussie, Scotland
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Situated in Kingussie, this holiday home is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Loch Insh and within 9 miles (15 km) of Highland Wildlife Park and Loch an Eilein. Craigellachie ...

Two Farr Lodge
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Top Holiday Rentals in Kingussie

The Neuk
The Neuk
4 out of 5
10 The Brae, Kingussie, Scotland

Situated in Kingussie, this cabin is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Loch Insh and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Highland Wildlife Park. Craigellachie National Nature Reserve and ...

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Two Farr Lodge
Two Farr Lodge
4 out of 5
Old Farr Sawmill, Kingussie, Scotland

Situated in Kingussie, this holiday home is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Loch Insh and within 9 miles (15 km) of Highland Wildlife Park and Loch an Eilein. Craigellachie ...

Two Farr Lodge
Lovingly restored traditional stone house  in the Cairngorms National Park.
Lovingly restored traditional stone house in the Cairngorms National Park.
Rathmhor, Kingussie, SCT

This family-friendly Kingussie holiday home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Kingussie Golf Club and Highland Wildlife Park. Loch Insh and Newtonmore Golf Club are also ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Top class accommodation and location

"Stayed for a week with husband and 4 year old daughter. Cottage was very clean and well equipped. Very spacious for our needs and liked the rustic, modern decor. Great communication from owners and a thumbs up for the quick WiFi connection. Location was very peaceful, looking across to field of sheep ..."…"

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2020

Lovingly restored traditional stone house in the Cairngorms National Park.
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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