At the foothills of the Cairngorm and Monadhliath Mountain ranges, lies Kingussie, a paradise for outdoor activities and those who appreciate invigorating Highland air, dramatic scenery and Highland hospitality and is in the Cairngorms National Park.
Kingussie is the traditional capital of Badenoch, the area of the upper Spey Valley in the Heart of the Scottish Highlands. It was founded in the late 18th Century by the Duke of Gordon and at that time it was a small hamlet surrounded by a vast pine forest. On the opposite side of the River Spey is Ruthven Barracks, the site of an earlier settlement with connections to the 1715 and 1745 Jacobite risings. Today the prosperous town of Kingussie lies within the Cairngorms National Park.
There is much on offer here. For those seeking invigorating activities, experience climbing, rambling, pony trekking, water and winter sports. Kingussie’s challenging 18 hole hillside golf course, established in 1891, rises to 1,000 ft above sea level, offering spectacular views of the National Park.
For those seeking Highland peace and tranquillity there are glorious riverside walks, fishing and bird watching or visit the ruins of Ruthven Barracks - a pleasant country walk from the town.
The sport at which Kingussie excels is Shinty and if the team is playing at The Dell (their local ground) you will have the opportunity of watching one of the oldest Gaelic field sports, performed by a team with an unrivalled record of championship and cup wins in the modern era.
In the heart of the town you will find a selection of cafes, restaurants and hotels serving delicious Highland fare and a range of interesting shops providing essential food and pharmacy items, gifts, original art works and mementos to remind you of your visit to Kingussie.
The hugely popular television series ”Monarch of the Glen” was filmed entirely in the upper Spey Valley, including many scenes featuring Kingussie.