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.

The Corrieyairick Pass

Built by General Wade in the 18th Century, this road, which followed a traditional drove route through the high Corrieyairick Pass from Fort Augustus to Laggan allowed for rapid (for those days) troop movements from the main barracks towns of Fort Augustus and Fort William, through to Speyside and southwards to Perth.

The roads of General Wade

The section of General Wade's military road from Perth to Inverness which runs from Raliabeag, just outside Newtonmore to Ruthven, near Kingussie is one of the few well preserved parts of the route.

The Glen Banchor Townships

In Pictland, the river would often give its name, or that of a feature of it, to the glen or part of it, through which it ran.

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