Kingussie holiday cottages are surrounded by wild forests and mountains, in the Cairngorms National Park. Set on the banks of the River Spey, Kingussie is a small town in Badenoch and Strathspey, in the Scottish Highlands. It lies at the foot of the Cairngorm and Monadhliath mountains and is a paradise for hiking, climbing, pony trekking and winter sports. In and around the town, scenic riverside walks, fishing and bird-watching can be enjoyed, and there is a challenging 18-hole golf course with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Founded in the 18th century by the Duke of Gordon, Kingussie started life as a hamlet surrounded by vast pine forests. The ruins of Ruthven Barracks can be found near the original site of the village.
Kingussie is famous for its Shinty team, who have an unrivalled record of victory, and can be seen playing at one of the oldest Gaellic sports fields. Take a stroll from your Kingussie holiday cottage, and you will discover an attractive centre with historic architecture and a variety of independent businesses. There are some great places to eat and drink, including the Sugar Bowl for coffee and cake, Café Bistro for delicious lunches, and the Duke of Gordon for an evening meal or a dram of local whiskey. On Duke Street, Iona Gallery features sculptures and paintings by some of the Highlands’ best artists.
The Highland Wildlife Park is one of the most popular attractions to visit on self-catering holidays in Kingussie. Specialising in Scottish wildlife and endangered animals from colder climates, it is home to Amur tigers, wolverine, Scottish wildcats and Bactrian camels. Nearby, Insh Marshes are well worth a visit, with three scenic trails and the chance to spot rare birds. On Kingussie’s doorstep, the Cairngorms National Park is a vast expanse of mountains, forests, rivers and lochs, dotted with ancient villages and whiskey distilleries.