Ruthven barracks

A short cycle, walk or bike drive from town you can visit the Ruthven Barracks. The British government built fortified barracks in following the Jacobite rising 1715. The barracks at Ruthven were completed in 1721 and accommodated 120 troops and 28 horses. They were to house garrison infantry to police the area and enforce the Disarming Act of 1716. You can visit the Barracks at any time of year free of charge.

More information here.

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Highland Folk museum

The Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore gives a flavour of how Highland people lived and worked from the 1700s up until the 1950s. Explore 30 historical buildings furnished from different time periods. There is a cafe, gift shop and children’s playground. Opening times are seasonal - so be sure to check ahead of visiting.


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Highland wildlife park

You can discover Scottish wildlife and endangered animals of the world's mountains and tundra at the Highland Wildlife Park just a few miles away in towards Kincraig. The Highland Wildlife Park is part of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland. Plan your trip in advance and book tickets online.


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RSPB inch Marshes

Insh Marshes covers 10 square kilometres of the River Spey floodplain between Kingussie and Kincraig. It is a bird lovers paradise with waders including curlew, lapwing, redshank and snipe. Find out more about the marshes here.

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Daffys Gin

Daffy’s Gin School

Something a little bit different….. spend a day foraging for botanicals and then making your own gin with Daffy’s. Learn how to make your very own gin at the Strathmashie Distillery with the team who created the multi-award winning Daffy’s Gin. Located just 25mins away.



Loch Insh

Loch Insh watersports centre

Swim, sail, paddle, kayak and generally have fun on the water at Loch Insh. You can take lessons, hire equipment and get day passes to keep you busy!. If you prefer dry land, activities include mountain biking, archery, skiing and walking. Get your energy back with a meal from the restaurant overlooking the loch. Please call ahead for opening times.



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Shinty is a team sport that is similar to field hockey/hurling. It has been played in the Highland since ancient times and in Kingussie has been played since the 1800s. Kingussie play at the Dell which is on Ruthven Road about half a mile from the centre of the town.

In the mid 2000s Kingussie set a world record for any sport by winning 20 consecutive league titles. Shinty is now a summer sport with regular fixtures from March to September. Keep an eye out on fixtures and enjoy an afternoon at the Dell.