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E.Mail:  Ruthvensteadings@aol.com

Tel: (01540) 662328


The Cairngorms, with 4 of the 5 highest peaks in Britain,
and the superb Valley of the River Spey, 
form the centre of Scotlands largest National Park. 

"One of the best places for outdoor activities in the country".

Ruthven Barracks

Ruthven Barracks were finally completed in 1721. In 1745 200 Jacobites tried to capture Ruthven Barracks
which was defended by a force of just 12 redcoats. Commanded by a Sergeant Molloy,
the redcoats fought off the Jacobites with the loss of just one man.

The barracks were finally taken in February 1746 when the Jacobites returned in much larger
 numbers and more suitably equipped with artillery. On the 17th April 1746, the day after the Battle of Culloden,
as many as 1500 Jacobites retreated to the barracks to prepare for further battle .To their surprise Charles Stewart gave the order to disperse and then went into hiding. For him, the uprising was over.

For more  information go to - The Battle of Culloden


The River Spey, less than 400m from the cottages
Fishing permits can be purchased locally

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Less than 1 mile from the Highland Town of Kingussie
and just 12 miles south of Aviemore in the Heart of the 
Cairngorms National Park.  Overlooking Ruthven Barracks,
and the famous "Insh Marshes" RSPB Bird Reserve

A very scenic location with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. 
Guests enjoy the lovely walk into Kingussie of a summer evening, crossing the River Spey
 just 400m away, and continuing past the infamous "Kingussie Shinty Pitch"

The small town of Kingussie was used extensively for filming  the BBC TV Series
 'Monarch of the Glen' and has interesting shops, bars and restaurants

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Exciting for all ages, in all weathers.  Watercoaster, exhibitions, viewing tower, tree top trail, climbing wall and restaurant.

Landmark Forest Theme Park


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Experience Scottish wildlife past and present.  Wolves, otters, bison, capercaillie, lynx and now Tigers all within the spectacular setting of the Cairngorm National Park

Highland Wildlife Park



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A mountain experience to inspire everyone, regardless of age or physical ability.  Ride the Cairngorm Mountain Railway and let the scenery take your breath away.

Cairngorm Mountain Railway


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Amazing walks, land rover tours, fishing, shooting clays, quad bike tours, wildlife watching and a whole lot  MORE !!!!!

Rothiemurchus Visitor Centre


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A purpose built mountain bike centre set in one of the most scenic parts of the Cairngorm National Park.  Trails with 'bite'

Wolftrax Mountain Bike Centre



Daytime/evening trips through spectacular areas at the foot of the Cairngorms.  Meet the dogs and talk with the 'Musher'

Cairngorm Sled Dog Adventure Centre


Guided wildlife excursions with a friendly, experienced local nature watcher.

Highland Wildlife & Bird Watch Safaris



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This award winning museum has a 1700's township with turf houses and open peat fires, a working croft with rare bread animals and farm machinery and an old tin school.  Cafe

Highland Folk Museum


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Join the reindeer herder out on the hillside where the reindeer graze in their natural environment.

Cairngorm Reindeer Centre


In Speyside and just want to book a night to see Pine Martens, Badgers and more? No problem. Come and enjoy our famous dusk wildlife! We regularly see Pine Marten, Badgers and much more .

Speyside Wildlife



Here you can enjoy a walk through the wild garden and look at the variety of plants we have to offer. In the Potting Shed Tearoom you can indulge in some tasty homemade cake whilst observing the birds and squirrels at the feeding station.

We have also recently been selected by RSPB members as the "Favourite Bird Feeding Station in Scotland."


The Potting shed



Britain's largest National Park, the Cairngorms are the most extensive range of high mountains in the UK, with a vast, tundra-like wilderness at the heart of the region. The upper Spey Valley curves round the northern end of the Cairngorm range.

Cairngorm and Kingussie walks


Golf has been played at Kingussie since 1891. In 1908 Kingussie sought the advice of Harry Vardon and extended the course to 18 holes.  Highland Golf at its very best!

Kingussie Golf Club

www.kingussie Golf


Chanonry point

Standing at the lighthouse at Chanonry point you can watch wild bottlenose dolphins

The best time to see them is when the incoming tide is rising and the dolphins are hunting for fish

We took these pictures on a very grey day and we watched them for about an hour



Loch Morlich and the Cairngorm Mountains

Kingussie is 3/4 hr drive south of Inverness and airport

and less than 2 1/2 hrs drive north of Edinburgh and Glasgow


E.Mail:  Ruthvensteadings@aol.com

Tel: (01540) 662328


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