Pronounced ‘Kin-yewsie’, this attractive town lies where two spectacular mountain ranges meet; those of the Monadhliath and Cairngorm mountains, both of which offer superb opportunities for hill walking, climbing and mountain biking. The stunning scenery can be enjoyed in so many ways, not least of which is from the heights of the golf course, which rises to more than 1,000 feet above sea level from its hillside location, or maybe via a pleasant country stroll to nearby Ruthven Barracks, now a historic ruin, but built in the eighteenth century on the site of an earlier castle following the Jacobite rebellion. The town, a great place to visit on a cottage holiday, has plenty of shops and places to eat, and a number of interesting attractions nearby.
Those holidaying with children will enjoy the Highland Wildlife Park at nearby Kincraig, where a drive through safari brings you up close to rare and endangered animals, such as Amur tigers, as well as wild cats, capercaillies, wolves and snow monkeys. At nearby Newtonmore take in the Highland Folk Museum and the Clan MacPherson Museums, or follow the Wild Cat Trail around town. Aviemore is just a short drive away, where the vintage engines and carriages of the Strathspey Steam Railway run a circular route calling at popular Highland towns such as Boat of Garten and Broomhill. Also within easy reach is the Rothiemurchus Estate, brought to the small screen in the popular BBC TV series, Monarch of the Glen, which was set here. There are in excess of fifty miles of managed forest and loch-side trails to discover, as well as rainbow trout fishing, Land Rover tours, archery, pony trekking, gorge walking and much more besides. Also close by, at the foot of Cairngorm mountain, Glenmore Forest Park has plenty to keep visitors busy; here you’ll find the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre and the Loch Morlich Watersports Centre, as well as forest walks, a sandy beach and plenty of space for picnics and family fun. At nearby Kincraig, enjoy a wildlife-spotting boat trip out onto serene Loch Insh, and enjoy a look at the resident Osprey who have made the region their home.
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