In and around Kingussie

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Below are a few ideas for things to see and do in the Kingussie, Strathspey and Cairngorm area whilst staying at The Hermitage Guest House

Check out the links to local Activities at the foot of this page



There are many areas in and around Kingussie where you can enjoy On or Off Road Cycling, with  Cycle Route 7  of the  Sustrans Scotland Cycle Network  running through  Cycle Friendly Kingussie.  We have on site Lockable Cycle Storage, also there is a prep area where you can hose down and maintain your bikes for the following day

Highland Wildlife Park

A short drive from ‘The Hermitage’ is the ‘Highland Wildlife Park’ which has Three Polar Bears ‘Walker’, ‘Arktos’ and ‘Victoria’ as well as Snow Leopards, Tigers, Monkeys, Wild Cats and Wolves plus many more wild animals

Bird Watching

A pleasant walk from ‘The Hermitage’ past ‘Ruthven Barracks’ you will find the RSPB Insh Marshes Reserve.  A short drive from Kingussie you will find Loch Insh and Loch Garten Osprey Reserve where many osprey chicks have been successfully reared in recent years

Walking and Climbing

The Cairngorm and Strathspey area has a vast network of footpaths traversing a range of terrains including glens, mountains and forests.  The climbing areas of the Cairngorm Mountains with its world famous Funicular Railway and the Monadhliath mountains which boasts four Munros are only a short distance away, some excellent local guide books are available to help you plan your route


There are a number of 18 hole golf courses in the area including Kingussie, Newtonmore, Boat of Garten, Aviemore and Grantown-on-Spey


Kingussie is situated by the River Spey, world famous for its beauty and salmon fishing


Kingussie’s location makes a day trip to several different skiing areas possible.  Closest is the famous Cairngorm area, further east is the popular Lecht resort and to the west is the Aonach Mor area, which boasts Scotland’s only gondola lift

Other Activities

Pony trekking and mountain bike hire can be arranged locally and offer an alternative way to see our beautiful countryside.  For the whisky enthusiast the Speyside Malt Whisky Trail is the ideal way to spend the day.  For those wishing to learn something of the areas eventful history or trace their ancestry there are many Heritage Centres, Museums and Castles in the area

Ruthven Barracks are the best preserved of the four garrisons built in the early 18th century by the Hanoverian government as a garrison for soldiers to quell the rebellious Jacobites.  The impressive remains serve as a reminder of the Highlands troubled past.  The site can be seen from ‘The Hermitage’ and is just a short, pleasant walk away