Need help with anything due to COVID-19 self-isolation?

Our community of local volunteers are here to help. We can pick up prescriptions or groceries and deliver them to your door, take your dog for a walk, give a friendly phone call or help in any way we can.

If you need anything, email cbuchan@churchofscotland.org.uk

Call Catherine on 01540 673238 or calll Elspeth on 01540 673239

Also willing to help:

Badenoch Shinty Memories 07743 686270 - Newtonmore Shinty Club - Community Councils


Leaflets with this information should be popping through your doors in the Newtonmore, Laggan & Dalwhinnie areas over the next day or so. All volunteers leafleting have been instructed with precautions to take to protect themselves & you. If you need help in any way, reach out. We have a large group of volunteers ready to help if we can. We are in this together. Keep safe.

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The-Great-OutdoorsAre you someone who can really appreciate a superbly shot photograph, one that you’d like to look at for years to come?

If so, we have a highly respected outdoors and wildlife photographer, resident in the village. Pete Moore’s excellent images cover a wide range of subjects, locations, viewpoints and perspectives.

His travels have taken him far and wide, including an intrepid photographic journey to America, Canada and Australia in 2005.

Closer to home, his work gives an individual, exciting insight into the marvellous part of the world that is The Cairngorms.

If you like the look of Pete’s work, it is, of course, for sale.

On the other hand, do you prefer to be behind the camera yourself? Are you a serious photographer or someone who just likes to take nice photos?

Are you interested in photographing landscapes, wildlife, birdlife and plants or simply in capturing wonderful holiday images?

Whatever your interest, the area around Newtonmore offers you a plethora of opportunities to take some marvellous photos.

When you’re out for a drive or a walk, every bend in the road opens up a stunning new vista, each turn on the path a new flower or plant.

Our local wild creatures regularly pop up and “pose” but, of course, you’ll need to be quick – some of them are very, very camera shy!!

If you prefer not to leave things to chance, you can book to visit places where viewings of Badgers, Capercaillie, Black Grouse & Ospreys are as likely as they are going to be.

Ballindalloch_CastleAround an hour away up the Spey Valley is the fabulous Ballindalloch Castle. This is a stunning building with equally impressive gardens that is both home of the only Lady Laird in Scotland and a working estate rather than a museum piece.

Just south east of Inverness there’s the renowned Cawdor Castle (Again well worth a visit though built after Shakespeare wrote it into history in Macbeth!)

Less than 30 minutes south of us you’ll find Blair Castle, another superb building & home to the Duke of Atholl, the only man in Britain allowed to maintain a private army!!

dalwhinnieJust a 15 minute drive south from us is Dalwhinnie Distillery. Open year round; with shorter hours in the winter, it's a great chance for you to find out all about the delicate process, love and care that goes into distilling "The Water of Life".

A little further afield you can spend a full day exploring The Speyside Whisky Trail, with its excellent selection of distilleries. Another thing you shouldn't miss is a tour round The Speyside Cooperage - watching the craftsmen hand making the oak casks in the centuries old traditional way.

You might also want to pop in to the area's own micro-brewery, The Cairngorm Brewery, an enlightening trip, just up the road in Aviemore.

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Imagine, if you will, that you can draw a rough circle round the Highlands of Scotland. If you were to do that, you'd find Newtonmore almost exactly at the centre of that circle. We are also, officially, the Centre of Scotland.

Inverness and the attractions on the Moray coast are an hour or so away, Fort William, some 90 minutes and Pitlochry is about 35 minutes to the south.

Even the Eastern side of the Cairngorm National Park, Braemar, Ballater and Tomintoul can be visited in a very picturesque day's drive.

Just think of the convenience of being able to explore all these places in addition to everything that is on our doorstep, without having to re-pack and unpack your suitcases. Sheer bliss!!

Cycling

WolftraxThe 215 mile cycle route from Glasgow to Inverness passes through the village.

As it happens, whether you’re travelling south to north or vice versa, cyclists have found that we are an ideal place to break the journey. So why not stop over for a night – or even 2 – for a well-earned rest?

Cycle routes too numerous to mention abound in the local area – in and around the Glen Truim, Etteridge & Phones Estates  and, further afield, around Loch Insh and on Rothiemurchus & Alvie Estates.

There’s also Basecamp Mountain Bike (MTB) based at Laggan Wolftrax. This fabulous operation has just over 6 kms of really challenging Black routes, more than double that of testing trails for intermediates and almost 5 kms of fun for beginners. They offer great base facilities too and all this is just a short drive away!! Read More...

With more practical considerations in mind, bike hire is available via MTB at Wolftrax or The Bike Shed in Newtonmore. Servicing & repairs are close at hand through MTB at Wolftrax.

 

Local Off-road Cycle Routes.

A good friend of ours, Lindsay Carruthers of Basecamp MTB at Laggan Wolftrax, has offered to let us have directions and maps for some delightful local routes. Understandably, he’ll be looking to get these done when the weather is better. For now though, he has let us have details for the Corrieyairack Pass route – a magnificent trail between Fort Augustus and Laggan.

Cycle Cairngorm Challenge.

Each year there is the superb Cycle Cairngorm challenge, which goes right round the Cairngorms. Read more...

Walking

Monarch of the Glen

Monarch-of-the-GlenThe very successful BBC TV series was filmed in and around the area, with locations dotted here and there. Ardverikie House, just 25 minutes south-west of us, has achieved fame as Glenbogle House, whilst the steam trains of the Strathspey Steam Railway regularly haul in to Glenbogle Station – in real life better known as Broomhill.

 

www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/tv/monarch

Historic attractions

Highland_Folk_Museum_2_-_BlackhouseIn addition to our own two excellent museums within easy reach of the village there are a goodly number of other historic attractions to capture your imagination.

There’s also the superb Ruthven Barracks just outside Kingussie, built by General Wade after the 1715 uprising to control the rebellious Scots.

About 40 minutes north of here, near to Cawdor Castle, there’s Culloden Battlefield, with its excellent Visitor Centre. (Culloden is the site of the last battle fought on British soil and a very, very special place indeed.) Close by it’s also worth a visit to the well-preserved Bronze Age burial site at Clava Cairns.

On the shores of Loch Ness you’ll find Urquhart Castle, also with an excellent Visitor Centre and, nearby, we mustn’t forget historic Nessie. The Castle and the “Nessie Village” of Drumnadrochit are 80 to 90 minutes drive from here through some lovely scenery.

En route, you can also stop off for a few minutes at the Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge - a very moving experience.

Heading south, a short drive takes you to the Pass of Killiecrankie, the site of a famous battle in 1689 and of some excellent walks nowadays.

A little further south, near Dunkeld, there’s The Hermitage, with a wild 'tree garden', two romantic 'follies' and some delightful walking trails alongside the river and through varied woodland containing Britain's tallest tree, a stately Douglas fir 212 feet (64.5 metres) high.

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For local village walks you can download the Newtonmore Paths Leaflet