This walk takes you to Johnny Blair's Garden. Johnny Blair was a local man who made a garden with trees, flowers and vegetables on the top of the hill to prove that crops could grow even on such an unpromising site. Its unusual profile is due to its use in prehistoric times as a double palisaded enclosure.
There are several routes you can walk in and around Newtonmore.
A detailed description of these routes can be found in the fully illustrated Wildcat Trail Brochure, available from the community-run Wildcat Centre on the Main Street or from the Post Office if the Centre is closed.
For other local village walks you can also download the Newtonmore Paths Leaflet here...
A’ Chailleach summit is 930 metres high, (3050 ft), one of the highest in the Monadhliath (Am Monadh Liath -- the grey mountain range).
From the village square head east, towards Kingussie. At the Balavil Sports Hotel turn right down Golf Course Road till you reach the bowling green. At the side of the little cottage called Dullatur you will see one of the gates leading into Loch Imrich.
This walk can be undertaken in either direction, and is on tarmac roads all the way. For a clockwise route set off from the village square towards Kingussie.
Creag Dubh (A’ Chreag Dhubh -- the black crag), 2350 feet, is a picturesque hill cut off from the rest of the Monadhliath (Am Monadh Liath -- the grey mountain range) by Glen Banchor. It is prominent from Newtonmore and its name is the battle cry of the Clan MacPherson.
A full- day's walk through some of the settlements where the oiginal habitations lived in before Newtonmore was founded.
A short route up to a plaque inscribed to "Lt-Col. Duncan Iver Macpherson O.B.E. of Banchor whose ashes are interred at this spot".
An interesting route, partly following General Wade's road. Although close to Newtonmore and the A9, it crosses stretches of moorland with little sign of human activity. Stout footwear advisable.
A fairly difficult route with open veiws across boggy ground on the eastern side of the A9 from Newtonmore. . Good footwear essential.
A route leading across moorland past the waterworks which serve the villageto a ruined bothy beside a fine waterfall.