Poppies in the garden
Poppies in the garden
Cairngorm Country Cottage
Cairngorm Country Cottage

Activities, Visits and Restaurants

Activities

Feeding the Reindeer Canyoning with Active Sports

There is a great choice of walks of all levels from gentle riverside and loch side trails to more serious mountain days. The popular East Highland Way passes through Newtonmore. Also on offer are climbing, skiing, canoeing, sailing, wind surfing, horse riding, tree top adventure courses, zip wire courses, canyoning, gorge walking, river rafting, archery, paint balling, funyaking, shooting, fishing, off road driving, quad biking, Reindeer treks, wild life safaris, tennis, swimming and bowling. There is a relatively new Forestry Commission sponsored mountain bike centre just a short drive away, and Newtonmore is part of the national cycling network of designated cycle paths. For golfers there is an excellent 18 hole course in the village and several other courses just a short drive away. Team building events are also organised locally.

Sled Dog Centre Aviemore Sled Dog Centre Aviemore

Sled Dog Centre. Be Part of a real sled dog adventure by taking a tour to some of the best scenic places in the Cairngorms. Tours are available day or night.

The Wildlife Park Kincraig The WildLife Park Kincraig

The Wild Life Park at Kincraig, 7 miles south of Aviemore, is a great day out for all ages.  Here you can discover the amazing variety of wildlife found in present day Scotland, such as the pine marten, wildcat and red deer - then step back in time and meet the creatures of Scotland's past -wolves, lynx, beavers and wild horses. You can also see polar bears, artic monkeys and tigers. There is a drive round section and a walk round section, café and visitor centre.

The Reindeer Centre Aviemore The Reindeer Centre Aviemore

The Reindeer herd Cairngorm. This is a truly unique and special experience which can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. After booking in at the Reindeer center, a short guided walk will take you to the herd where you can stroke and hand feed the Reindeer. Their soft velvet noses and gentle nature make this a very enjoyable visit. Plenty of time and opportunity for fabulous photographs. 

Loch Morlich Aviemore Loch Morlich Aviemore

Loch Morlich   For: Great inland beach with wonderful backdrop of the ancient Caledonian pine forest and Cairngorm Mountains. Water sports, with instruction available. All around the picturesque loch you will find marked walking and cycling trails to suit all abilities.

Fishing on the River Spey Fishing on the River Spey

Fishing           For fishing on the famous River Spey local permits are available from several locations in Newtonmore. Loch fishing is available at Loch Insh by arrangement with the Loch Insh Water Sports Centre.

Cairngorm Funicular Railway Cairngorm Funicular Railway

Cairngorm Funicular Railway      It is one of Scotland top ten attractions and for good reason, you can take a scenic journey on the UK's highest funicular railway and enjoy the fabulous panoramic views and visit the Ptarmigan Restaurant located at just over 3,500 feet. A range of snow sports are available during the winter months but non-skiers are welcome both summer and winter. 

 

Loch an Eilein Loch an Eilein

Loch an Eilein For: A very picturesque walk around the loch on well-defined tracks, which takes roughly 1 hour. Here you will see the much photographed 14th century castle ruin in the centre of the loch.

River Kayaking Cairngorm National Park River Kayaking Cairngorm National Park

Kayaking         For guided descents down the famous River Spey, or for basic instruction on one of our picturesque lochs or rivers contact Active Sports of Newtonmore, or Loch Insh Water Sports.

 

 

 

Mountain Biking Cairngorm National Park Mountain Biking Cairngorm National Park

Mountain Biking and Cycle Touring.  For mountain biking there are endless forests and great off road trails across the hills to choose from but Wolf Trax Laggan offers colour coded designated mountain bike trails with uplift if required. For more gentle longer tours through the beautiful Caledonian pine forest Rothiemurchus visitor centre at the Old School House offers trail maps and guidance. Hire is available from both of these locations. For guided tours contact Active Sports.

White sandy beaches west cost of Scotland White sandy beaches west coast of Scotland

White Sandy Beaches The local area offers both inland and coastal white sandy beaches. Beautiful Loch Morlich, an inland natural sandy beach is one of the areas best kept secrets with the backdrop of the stunning Caledonian pine forest and the dramatic Cairngorm Mountain Range it has to be one of the most picturesque beaches in the UK. Here you can swim or kayak or sail and equipment along with instruction is available if required. The cottage is just a short drive from some outstanding coastal beaches with crystal clear water and white sands. 

Visits

Blair Castle Scotland Blair Castle Scotland

Castles There are many fine Highland castles within a short drive of the cottage and Blair Castle is no exception. Dating back to 1269, the castle has been transformed through the ages, from its cold medieval beginnings in a strategic position during political struggles to become a fine Georgian mansion and finally a Victorian  castle in the baronial style. These influences can still be seen today across the 30 rooms on full display.

Strathspey Steam Train Strathspey Steam Train

Steam Train Journeys. The Strathspey Railway offers short journeys from Aviemore with afternoon tea or lunch options and you can enjoy picturesque views of the Spey Valley on route. For Harry Potter fans the Jacobite steam rail journey is a must and for non-fans it is said to be one of the most picturesque rail journeys in the world. It crosses the impressive Glenfinnan viaduct as featured in the Harry Potter Films.

The Landmark Forest Adventure Park The Landmark Forest Adventure Park

The Landmark Forest Adventure Park. Children of all ages and adults alike will love this park with its bamboozelum science centre, tree top adventure course, tree top trail, wonder wood, lost labyrinth, water flumes, rollercoaster train ride, ant city play area, climbing towers, squirrel walk, viewing tower and more. There are cafes, a restaurant shop a great picnic area and lots more for the whole family to see and do.

Restaurants and Cafes

Restaurants and Cafes Spey Valley Restaurants and Cafes Spey Valley

Restaurants and Cafes There is no shortage of great places to eat locally and for a great lunch with home-made soups and fabulous scones try the Wild Flour in Newtonmore. Similarly, for great coffee, home-made soups, fabulous baking and an excellent shop full of quality clothing, house-hold goods and cards the pottery at Laggan is a must. The award winning Potting Shed at Inshriach serves the most amazing cakes and you can watch the birds and antics of the squirrels at the feeders. 

 

The Mountain Cafe in Aviemore always has a queue for tables at lunch time and for good reason, as the food and coffee is excellent. If you find yourself there and wonder if it is worth the wait ...it most certainly is worth waiting for. For evening meals the Glen Hotel, Newtonmore serves reasonably priced bar meals and the Letter Box restaurant, also located in Newtonmore, though only a little more expensive is excellent.

 

If you are looking for somewhere more special, perhaps for a celebration, then the Auld Alliance or the Cross in Kingussie are very good choices.

 

 

Winter Activities

Alpine skiing, Nordic Skiing & Snowboarding

Cairngorm Country Cottage is equidistant between Cairngorm and Nevis Range

Skiing and Snowboarding Cairngorm

Cairngorm offers 12 lifts and 32 runs and Britains only Funicular Railway.

Skiing and Snowboarding Nevis Range

Nevis Range offers 12 lifts in total, including Scotland 's only mountain gondola.

Nordic skiing Glenmore

During the winter months there are purpose cut tracks at Glenmore.

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Cairngorm Country Cottage

Kilburnie House
Balgowan

Newtonmore

PH20 1BS

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There are cosy log fires in the sitting room and the lounge There are cosy log fires in the sitting room and the lounge
Our guests love watching the squirrels at the feeders Our guests love watching the squirrels at the feeders
Colourful well maintained gardens to enjoy Colourful well maintained gardens to enjoy
Large sitting room with cosy log fire Large sitting room with cosy log fire
Cairngorm Country Cottage offers comfortable bedrooms with en suite facilities Cairngorm Country Cottage offers comfortable bedrooms with en suite facilities
The beautiful Cairngorm Mountains The beautiful Cairngorm Mountains
Perfect self catering for all seasons Perfect self catering for all seasons
View West from the cottage late February 2017
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