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Moving in

Moving_InIt must be said that Newtonmore is a delightful place to live.

You'll enjoy all the benefits of living in a small, peaceful, quiet and friendly village, with lots and lots of amenities either on your doorstep or a short drive away.

You'll be made more than welcome, especially if you look to get involved in some of the many events and activities that help to make our thriving community what it is.

Prices of properties both to buy and to rent are also more reasonable than just up the road in Aviemore and you don't have to cope with all the hustle & bustle of a larger town either.

If you're thinking of relocating and coming to join us in the village, here are a few important contacts that you may find will come in handy.


Property Sales.

Keith Robertson - Kingussie. 01540 661220.

Remax Cairngorm - Aviemore. 01479 810131.

Highland Property Services - Aviemore. 01479 810020.

Masson Cairns - Grantown. 01479 872764.

Property Rental.

Allan Munro Lettings - Aviemore. 01479 810811.

Highland Property Services - Aviemore. 01479 810020.


Keith Robertson - Kingussie. 01540 661220.

Masson Cairns - Grantown. 01479 872764.

Cockburns - Grantown. 01479 872025.


Clockwork (Roddy Bruce) - Aviemore. 01479 811861/07768 218204.

Britannia, Greers of Elgin. 01542 880333.

Highland Council.

Service Point - Kingussie. 01540 664502.

Planning - Kingussie. 01540 661700.


Property for Sale in Newtonmore

Centre of Scotland

Newtonmore is the village that is closest to the Centre of Scotland and you can easily visit the site to see for yourself.

centre_scot_stone2_smallYou'll find it a little over a mile (2 kms) west of the A9, along the Glen Truim Road. The site is marked by a cross etched on a stone in the dry stane dyke on the north side of the road.

The stone with the cross is still there, it is great fun looking for it. You'll find it a few yards before you reach a triangular forestry road junction (with a local walks waymark board) and about 125 yards before you reach the superb Macpherson Monument, from where you can enjoy terrific views of the upper Spey Valley.

The point used to be marked by the Ordnance Survey by a stone and with a plaque that was stolen and not replaced but the locals wanted the spot marked again so a Dedication Event with the unveiling of a new plaque took place in June 2015.

As you cast about, please don't forget that you are on a public road, so take care.

There is, of course, some debate as to the location of the geographical centre of Scotland. This is due to the complexity of the calculation, the different methods of calculating the centre, and whether surrounding Scottish offshore islands are to be included.

One of the methods is to calculate the 'centroid' of the two-dimensional shape made by the country - to put it simply, the point at which a cardboard cut-out of Scotland could be perfectly balanced on the tip of a pencil.

Alternatively it can be deemed to be the point farthest from the boundary of the country (either the sea, or, in the case of constituent countries, a land border.

centreofscotlandwebIn both cases, the islands would need to be factored into the calculation - not easy.

The Ordnance Survey are reluctant to re-install a more permanent monument marking the spot, because the spot actually moves over time. Their spokesman was quoted on the BBC as saying, "It would only ever be absolute using a given method at a given time. As soon as that time of measurement passed, it would be somewhere else. This is because of factors such as the tide, erosion and accretion, which gradually change the shape of Scotland's coastline.

What we know is that the cross on the stone marks the spot.


Special needs


On this page we look to give you outline information about the facilities that you'll find in and around the village if you have Special Needs.

Getting About

As you might imagine, public transport really isn't that good in the area.


We are well served from an inter-city express coach viewpoint. If you need to travel by bus to the main centre to the north in Inverness, or south in Perth, the service is quite good and is fine for those with visual impairment or poor hearing, as drivers are always very helpful. However, the services are pretty hopeless if you use a wheelchair.

If you want to get around locally by bus, the situation is very poor, as it is these same inter-city services that you must use, and fare staging is such that it can be inordinately expensive to travel just a few miles.


One redeeming feature of the transport situation is that Newtonmore is on the main railway line from Glasgow/Edinburgh to Inverness - in fact there are through services from London too.

Not all trains stop at Newtonmore but, if they don't they do stop at Kingussie just 3 miles up the road - the sleeper service does stop at Newtonmore in both directions.

The carriages used on the Glasgow/Edinburgh to Inverness route have a space for a wheelchair to be accommodated, but booking in advance is advisable - if they know you're coming, the guard will be happy to assist in getting on or off.

If you travel on the sleeper though, you MUST be careful to ensure that someone on the train knows you want to get off at Newtonmore, particularly if you have visual impairment, as the sleeper train is longer than the platform and there is a risk that you might step off into space in the dark of a winter's morning.


The nearest Taxi firm, Kingussie Taxis, has a vehicle on their fleet with facilities for guests with wheelchairs. A little further afield, Weir's Taxis in Aviemore also have an adapted vehicle on their fleet.

By Car

If you are a car driver, or your family has a vehicle to get you around and about, you will find that this particular mode of transport is a real joy in this area, compared to the urban or suburban environment.

Our roads are generally very quiet, even in the height of summer, and even then, traffic jams are virtually unheard of - we tend to take it for granted, and get annoyed if we have a 2 or 3 minute delay getting onto the main A9 on a busy Summer Saturday!!

In the Village

Whatever your disability, we think it's fair to say that you will find the people of Newtonmore welcoming, friendly and ready to help in any way they can, although they are naturally reticent and won't want to 'interfere' if you would rather get on with things yourself.

The pavements on the east side of the Main Street are wide and fairly flat, and there are several good spots with dropped kerbs for crossing the road. The pavement on the west side is narrower though still wide enough for a wheelchair or scooter.

From the viewpoint of the visually impaired, although there is a crossing in the village, it's a good old fashioned Zebra Crossing, not a Pelican, or light controlled talking affair, but people manage quite well - mainly because the road just isn't that busy.

Facilities for folk with Special Needs vary from business to business, but, in the main present few or minor difficulties. Here we give an overview of what you might expect in some of the key places to eat, drink, shop & visit. For more details, do visit each place's website or contact them directly.

Find out more information about individual facilities in and around Newtonmore.

Community Contacts

On this page you’ll find a host of useful contact details – almost an A to Z but not quite as we only run from banking to Village Hall!!

BANKING. Some banking facilities are available at the Post Office for Alliance & Leicester, Bank of Scotland, Bank of Ireland, Barclays, Cahoot, Clydesdale, Co-operative, First Direct, Halifax, Lloyds TSB and Smile. The Royal Bank of Scotland Mobile Bank visits the village on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, parking in the Car Park opposite the Balavil Hotel, 11.15 to 12.00 noon. There is a Bank of Scotland Cash Machine at the Village Hall.

BUSINESS ASSOCIATION. Meets in the Lesser Village Hall at 7.30 pm on 2nd Monday each month, February to December.  Read more.

CHEMISTS. The nearest Chemist is Boots, High Street, Kingussie. 01540 661202.

CHIROPODISTS. There is an NHS Clinic at Aviemore Health Centre. 01479 810075.

CHURCHES. Church of Scotland - St Brides Parish Church, services at 11.30 am on Sundays. Minister Rev Catherine Buchan. Read more.

COMMUNITY COUNCIL. Meets in the Village Hall on 1st Monday of every month except January and August. Chairman: Rob Ritchie - 01540 673936. Read more.

COMMUNITY TRANSPORT. The 'Where 2 Today' project operates Community Transport throughout Badenoch and Strathspey. Door-to-door transport is available for people by means of a car scheme; using volunteer drivers in their own cars, a 7-seater accessible vehicle and a 14-seater accessible vehicle. Group hire of vehicles is also available evenings and weekends. The 14-seat accessible minibus operates 3 days per week on registered routes. On Tuesdays and Thursdays between Aviemore and Laggan, through Newtonmore, Kingussie and Kincraig, and on Wednesdays between Aviemore and Nethybridge. People holding a National Concessionary entitlement card, or 'Plus One' are able to travel free. The Charity also loans electric scooters, and manual wheelchairs.

NEWTONMORE COMMUNITY WOODLAND AND DEVELOPMENT TRUST (NCWDT). Runs and maintains the Wildcat Centre, the Wildcat Trail and the Wildcat Experience. Contact details: Tel 01540673131 email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Read more.

DENTISTS. The nearest Dentists are Aviemore & Kingussie Dental Practice, Gynack Street, Kingussie. 01540 661280. For NHS Emergency Dental Treatment contact: 0845 644 2271.

DOCTORS. The nearest local surgery is in Kingussie - Ardvonie Car Park, Gynack Road, Kingussie. 01540 661233.

EARLY CLOSING. The Post Office closes at 12.30 on Wednesdays and at 1.00 pm on Saturdays.

HIGHLAND COUNCIL - LOCAL COUNCILLOR. The four local councillors for this ward represent all of the people across all of the area and are (in alphabetic order) Stuart Black (01479 821641), Jaci Douglas (01479 872546), Dave Fallows (01479 851264) and Gregor Rimell (01540 673430).

HOSPITAL. The nearest Accident & Emergency Unit is at Raigmore Hospital, Inverness. 01463 704000. Some clinics are held at St Vincent's Hospital, Gynack Road, Kingussie. 01540 661219.

LOTTERY TICKETS. These are available from the Co-op.

MP. The elected member of the Westminster Parliament is Drew Hendry MP. Tel: 020 7219 6118. email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MSP. The elected Member of the Scottish Parliament for this constituency is Fergus Ewing MSP. Constituency Office - 01463 713004. Parliament Office - 0131 348 5732. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

NEWSPAPERS. The local weekly newspaper, The Strathspey & Badenoch Herald (The Strathy) is published every Wednesday, with copies available from the Co-op and the Garage. Daily and Weekend papers and other periodicals are available at the Garage & the Co-op.

OPTICIANS. The nearest opticians are: Aviemore Opticians 01479 812777. Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.00pm.

POLICE. Ther nearest Police Station is in Aviemore 01479 810222.

REFUSE COLLECTION - The schedules for refuse bin collection and re-cycling bin collection are available from the Council Service Point - 01540 664502. There is a recycling point for glass, cans and newspapers in the car park behind Blasta Restaurant. Other materials for re-cycling are handled at the recycling centre, Market Lane, Kingussie - open Saturday and Sunday, 9.00am to 3.00pm. For other and larger items, the local Landfill Site is at Granish just north of Aviemore.

SCHOOLS. Newtonmore Primary School, Head Teacher Mrs Linda Cleworth - 01540 673252. Kingussie High School, Rector Mr John Tracey - 01540 661475.

TAXI - Kingussie Taxi & Tours - Main Number: 01540 66-70-66; Mob: 07484 073879; E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

VET. Strathspey Vets - main surgery in Grantown 01479 872252. Surgeries are also held in Market Lane Kingussie, as follows: Monday 1.30 to 2.30 pm, Tuesday & Thursday 3.30 to 5.30 pm, Friday 1.00 to 2.30 pm. By appointment. There are also surgeries in Aviemore as follows: Monday 4.00 to 6.30pm, Wednesday 4pm - 6.30pm, Friday 4.00 to 6.30 pm and Saturday 9.00 to 10.00 am. Website -

VILLAGE HALL. The Village Hall has two sections in the same building - the Main Hall and, to the rear, the Lesser Hall.The hall is host to many activities and provides lets for indoor bowling, playgroup, drama group, dances, sales of work and many other events. The bookings list can be consulted at the Post Office. Contact: Shairon MacArthur - 01540 673234.


Special needs continued

Facilities for folk with Special Needs vary from business to business, but, in the main present few or minor difficulties. Here we give an overview of what you might expect in some of the key places to eat, drink, shop & visit. For more details, do visit each place's website or contact them directly.

Eating Out

Balavil Hotel. There are awkward steps at the entrance and a difficult door, especially if you are unaccompanied. Once inside the ground floor is level and any assistance you might need will be gladly given.

Blasta. There is no step at the entrance which has an easy to operate door too. Once inside, you should have no problems in this restaurant.

Braeriach Hotel. There is a short and difficult high step at entrance and awkward doors, so assistance needed, but ok inside

Chef's Grill/The Diner. The Chef's Grill has excellent ramped access and easy doors. Some tables can be awkward for wheelchairs as seating positions are fixed - others are just fine.

Garden Café. Wheelchair access to the Café is via the side entrance - once inside there is plenty of room in the cafe and chairs/tables are fully moveable to accommodate whatever is required. (To visit the adjoining Craft Centre, wheelchair users will need to go back out via the side entrance and enter through the front door.

Glen Hotel. Wheelchair users can easily access The Glen via a level route to the rear. Your companion should go in and ask, they'll happily show you where the rear door is. Once inside both bar & restaurant area you will find sufficient to pass with care, though in the bar area it can be a bit of a squeeze.

Lodge Hotel. Excellent ramped access and easy doors (though driveway is gravel) lots of space inside in both bar meals and restaurant areas.

The Pantry. No step, easy door, seriously limited space inside, but staff will assist.

The Tuck Shop. No step, door has automatic closer, limited space, but staff will always make room for a chair whenever possible.


Co-op. New electric sliding door gives excellent, easy access. The aisles can be narrow but you can get around.

Craft Centre. No step, easy door, access to all of the shop despite being well stocked.

Blythswood. No step, easy door, access to all of the shop despite being well stocked.

Main Supply. There is a small but wide step at the door, which is fitted with an automatic closer. There's plenty of room inside too.

Post Office. No step, easy door, access to all of the shop, albeit very small inside.

Spar at the Garage. There is a gentle ramped entrance to the Spar and good access for wheelchairs up and down the 2 aisles.

Harris Tweed Shop. There's no step, a nice wide opening door and lots of room inside too.


Clan MacPherson Museum. The museum offers assisted wheelchair access - all the exhibition is on the ground floor.

Highland Folk Museum. The Park offers excellent facilities for wheelchair visitors, including ramps where appropriate, a period bus with wheelchair lift and accessible toilets. However, a few of the buildings simply do not lend themselves to suitable adaptation, sorry.

Shinty. Wheelchair visitors are more than welcome and every assistance will be offered at games to ensure you enjoy the match.

Waltzing Waters - Except for the Coffee Loft, upstairs, there is good access for visitors with wheelchairs.

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Newtonmore Business Association

Newtonmore Business Association is a group of professionals from a range of disciplines who represent the interests of large & small businesses and the self-employed who are based in and around Newtonmore.

We also support other local organisations, promoting and marketing everything that Newtonmore has to offer for visitors, tourists and future residents.

Newtonmore is a hidden gem at the heart of the Scottish Highlands, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Our people are always welcoming, very community spirited and the Business Association would like to extend an invitation for you to come and visit us at anytime throughout the year to enjoy our fine facilities, the breathtaking scenery and to partake in our events in the true spirit of Scottish friendship.

Similarly, if you're already living in the village and you'd like to help us in our efforts on behalf of the community, you'll be more than welcome.

We meet in the Lesser Village Hall on the second Monday of each month except for January and August.

Should you have any questions or wish to join the Newtonmore Business Association please either come along to one of our meetings or contact our Chairman, either by phone or e-mail.

Vice Chair Geoff Simpson 01540 670048 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Secretary Ian Gibson 01540 673048 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Treasurer Eric Dodd 01540 673794 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website Geoff Simpson 01540 670048 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Newtonmore Community Council

The Community Council is a voluntary organisation that acts as a voice for the local area. It expresses the views and concerns of local people on a wide range of issues. It meets regularly to discuss issues affecting the area, including planning and licensing applications. All meetings are held in public and residents are encouraged to attend.

The Community Council is governed by the scheme of establishment prescribed by Highland Council, which sets out how they should operate, including elections, membership rules and meeting arrangements. At present, there are seven elected members out of a maximum of nine, and there is one associate member. Between elections, members may be co-opted. Under the terms set by Highland Council, elections will be held in November 2015 (and every four years thereafter) when any resident on the electoral register can stand for nomination.

If you are resident in the Newtonmore area and would like to help with community interests, come to the meetings, which are held in the Lesser Village Hall at 7.30 pm on the first Monday of every month, except for January, May and August. The Annual General Meeting is held at 7 pm on the first Monday in June each year, followed by the monthly meeting. Minutes and agendas of meetings are posted on the noticeboard beside the Post Office.

The Community Council can be contacted by email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



What to do in Newtonmore

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For local village walks you can download the new Newtonmore Paths Leaflet