Schools & Churches

We have good local schools and a choice of places to worship too.

Right here in the village, we have our own, excellent Primary School, with secondary education being taken care of at the highly regarded Kingussie High just up the road.

St Brides, Church of Scotland is in the village itself whilst a few minutes away, in Kingussie, you’ll find the Catholic Church of Our Lady of the Rosary & St Columba and also the Badenoch Free Church.

The village is a thriving community with a wide variety of clubs, societies and associations, catering for lots of hobbies and interests.

We have one of the strongest Shinty Clubs in Scotland, an excellent Golf Club, a thriving Drama Club, Cub Scouts, Brownies and Rainbows. If bowls, gardening or floral art interest you, we have clubs for them too. We also have a Gaelic Playgroup, an Out of School Club and a Junior Sports Club. Contact details are laid out below.

Here you will find all the latest news from the Newtonmore community.

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Shops & Services

Visitors to Newtonmore are surprisingly well provided for in terms of shops and other services, though, in common with many small Highland villages, there is a little less choice than there used to be. For your day to day provisions and newspapers, we have a well-stocked Co-op and a Spar mini-market. We also have our own Post Office, with all the usual postal requisites and banking facilities as well as pet supplies & wild bird food. 

There are a number of shops and attractions where you can buy a good choice of good quality souvenirs and crafts, including a superb supplier of traditional Harris Tweed goods. We have our own petrol station - with car wash, hairdressers and a range of great little shops including the very popular Blytheswood Charity shop. 

If your car needs attention, if you'd like to try a therapy or two or if you need the services of a chiropodist or an osteopath, the skilled practitioners are all here in the village. So, whilst we can't promise to meet your every need, we can cover most of the things you might need during your stay.

Childminding and Babysitting

In Newtonmore we are lucky to have a choice of quality Childminding and Babysitting services.

Shinty

ShintyWatching a game of the Highland sport of shinty is an exciting experience and if you are visiting between March and September you will see matches advertsied locally. It is a game deeply rooted in history and is still a thriving sport today with 54 teams competing regularly throughout the country.

However it is the two villages of Newtonnmore and Kingussie that are perhaps the names most associated with success.

Newtonmore hold the record of winning the Camanachd Cup [The Scottish Cup] 30 times since their foundation in the 1890s and until the 1980s were without doubt the most successful team in shinty. Then for over twenty years Kingussie enjoyed fantastic success even getting an entry in the Guiness Book of Records.

However in sport the pendulum has swung back and Newtonmore have been the Premier Division Champions since 2010 and are enjoying a new era of success.

As you can imagine the rivalry between the two villages is intense. If you are lucky enough to see the local derby being played, you will sense that for yourself.

www.shinty.com

www.newtonmoreshinty.com

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Local museums

Highland_Folk_Museum_2_-_BlackhouseIn Newtonmore we are blessed with two fabulous Museums, both of which help to give you an interesting insight into the History of this amazing area and its people.

The Highland Folk Museum brings to life the domestic and working conditions of earlier Highland peoples. Visit this living history Museum and you’ll learn how our Scottish Highland ancestors lived, how they built their homes, how they tilled the soil and how they dressed, all in a friendly and welcoming environment.

An award winning visitor attraction, the Museum not only encapsulates human endeavour and development in Highland life from the 1700s to the present day, but offers an opportunity to explore a beautiful natural setting, home to red squirrels and tree creepers. A great day out for everyone!

The village is situated at the heart of Clan Macpherson lands and is proud to be home to the excellent Clan Macpherson Museum.

Situated at the south end of the village, it has on display many fascinating relics of the history of the Clan. The museum and its staff provide a wealth of information for visitors interested in the history of Clan Macpherson or the Highlands in general. There is no admission charge but donations are of course welcome and a good range of quality Macpherson related souvenirs are available for sale in the Museum Shop.

Local walks in Newtonmore

There are several routes you can walk in and around Newtonmore.

A detailed description of these routes can be found in the fully illustrated Wildcat Trail Brochure, available from the community-run Wildcat Centre on the Main Street or from the Post Office if the Centre is closed.

For other local village walks you can also download the Newtonmore Paths Leaflet here...

Riding/Pony Trekking

Coming_DownLocally there are facilities for riders of all standards, from pony trekking for the relative novice to more challenging adventures for the more experienced rider. You can even try your hand at Carriage Driving too, something you don’t often find.

Highland Horse Fun is very close at hand and offers a wide range of rides and course for all ages and abilities.

Just down the road, Haflinger Ponies & Treks, based at Wolftrax, specialise in quiet trekking through local pine woods, birch trees and across heather moorland. 

 

 

 

Newtonmore Heritage Trail

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"Its climate, the natural beauties of its surroundings, the facilities for motoring, golf and walking which it affords, all combine to make Newtonmore one of the most desirable of health resorts."

This description of Newtonmore's attractions in 1929 is just as relevant today. Newtonmore is a traditional Highland village with much to offer visitors. The heritage trail has been set up to tell you something about the history of the village. Newtonmore has been a popular holiday resort since the 1880s and used to be known as "the gem of Highland health resorts".

plaquesmallIf you are visiting Newtonmore, you can pick up a trail leaflet from local shops, cafes and accommodation providers and enjoy a stroll through the village. You will find 13 information plaques along the trail and a PDF of the leaflet is available here.

NB: inclusion in the trail is not an invitation into the property. Please remember that some of the sites are on private land and we ask that you respect all property owners' privacy.

 

Acknowledgements

cnpanbalogoblackThe trail has been written and produced by volunteers of the Newtonmore community with the financial and practical support of the Cairngorms National Park Authority and Newtonmore Business Association.

If you have any further information on any of the places mentioned, we would be glad to hear from you.

 

Thanks to all the local residents who contributed their expertise, photographs and memories. Thanks also to the Highland Folk Museum, the Clan Macpherson Museum, the Strathspey and Badenoch Herald, Ross Noble, Pete Moore and George Dixon for their assistance.

Images have been supplied by Am Baile/ High Life Highland, the Highland Folk Museum, the Clan Macpherson Museum, St. Bride's Church, Jacquie Barbour, Lynda Dodd, Sandy Macdonald, Kathryn and Pete Main, Pete Moore, Nigel Nicol and Rob Ritchie.

See the photographs from the Launch event here...

Cycling

WolftraxThe 215 mile cycle route from Glasgow to Inverness passes through the village.

As it happens, whether you’re travelling south to north or vice versa, cyclists have found that we are an ideal place to break the journey. So why not stop over for a night – or even 2 – for a well-earned rest?

Cycle routes too numerous to mention abound in the local area – in and around the Glen Truim, Etteridge & Phones Estates  and, further afield, around Loch Insh and on Rothiemurchus & Alvie Estates.

There’s also Basecamp Mountain Bike (MTB) based at Laggan Wolftrax. This fabulous operation has just over 6 kms of really challenging Black routes, more than double that of testing trails for intermediates and almost 5 kms of fun for beginners. They offer great base facilities too and all this is just a short drive away!! Read More...

With more practical considerations in mind, bike hire is available via MTB at Wolftrax or The Bike Shed in Newtonmore. Servicing & repairs are close at hand through MTB at Wolftrax.

 

Local Off-road Cycle Routes.

A good friend of ours, Lindsay Carruthers of Basecamp MTB at Laggan Wolftrax, has offered to let us have directions and maps for some delightful local routes. Understandably, he’ll be looking to get these done when the weather is better. For now though, he has let us have details for the Corrieyairack Pass route – a magnificent trail between Fort Augustus and Laggan.

Cycle Cairngorm Challenge.

Each year there is the superb Cycle Cairngorm challenge, which goes right round the Cairngorms. Read more...

Walking

Monarch of the Glen

Monarch-of-the-GlenThe very successful BBC TV series was filmed in and around the area, with locations dotted here and there. Ardverikie House, just 25 minutes south-west of us, has achieved fame as Glenbogle House, whilst the steam trains of the Strathspey Steam Railway regularly haul in to Glenbogle Station – in real life better known as Broomhill.

www.monarchcountry.com

www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/tv/monarch

Historic attractions

Highland_Folk_Museum_2_-_BlackhouseIn addition to our own two excellent museums within easy reach of the village there are a goodly number of other historic attractions to capture your imagination.

There’s also the superb Ruthven Barracks just outside Kingussie, built by General Wade after the 1715 uprising to control the rebellious Scots.

About 40 minutes north of here, near to Cawdor Castle, there’s Culloden Battlefield, with its excellent Visitor Centre. (Culloden is the site of the last battle fought on British soil and a very, very special place indeed.) Close by it’s also worth a visit to the well-preserved Bronze Age burial site at Clava Cairns.

On the shores of Loch Ness you’ll find Urquhart Castle, also with an excellent Visitor Centre and, nearby, we mustn’t forget historic Nessie. The Castle and the “Nessie Village” of Drumnadrochit are 80 to 90 minutes drive from here through some lovely scenery.

En route, you can also stop off for a few minutes at the Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge - a very moving experience.

Heading south, a short drive takes you to the Pass of Killiecrankie, the site of a famous battle in 1689 and of some excellent walks nowadays.

A little further south, near Dunkeld, there’s The Hermitage, with a wild 'tree garden', two romantic 'follies' and some delightful walking trails alongside the river and through varied woodland containing Britain's tallest tree, a stately Douglas fir 212 feet (64.5 metres) high.

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Places to Eat

Newtonmore offers a varied range of places to eat & drink. 

You'll find good value, quality cooking and  interesting menus using mainly local ingredients, all served in a warm & friendly atmosphere.

WatersportsWatersports abound close at hand.

You are spoilt for choice with 3 local companies offering a variety of water based activities to suit all tastes and abilities.

You can choose from half or full day courses, right through to a 4 day canoe trek that’ll really put you through your paces. All safe in the knowledge that you’re in the hands of experienced Instructors, using the very best equipment – and it doesn’t cost as much as you might think, either as all 3 companies offer great value for money.

If you prefer to do your own thing, Loch Insh just 20 minutes away, offering equipment hire and tuition for sailing, canoeing & windsurfing, together with kayak safaris on the River Spey. Loch Morlich is a little further, offering similar facilities, again in stunning surroundings.

Snow sports

snowSkiers & boarders who decide to base themselves in Newtonmore enjoy the luxury of being able to choose between 2 excellent ski areas, doubling your opportunities to get on to the snow and with different challenges, runs & routes.

Just about 45 mins away, the Cairngorms are Scotland's premier ski area, with Downhill, Snowboarding, Telemark and Nordic all well catered for.

A little further away, just over an hour or so, is the smaller, more intimate Nevis Range near Fort William, for a change of scenery.

You can also hire your equipment in the village, saving you having to queue when you get to the slopes.

mountaineeringWithin easy reach of Newtonmore are 4 magnificent mountain ranges – the Cairngorms, the Monadliaths, the Drumochter Mountains and the Nevis range. You are spoilt for choice with an excellent selection of Munros, Corbetts & Donalds, all achievable in a comfortable day's outing from here.

Most accommodation providers are more than happy to provide you with maps, routes and guidance.

There is also excellent & challenging climbing – winter & summer – in the Cairngorms.

You can also arrange for the services of an experienced guide for the more adventurous walks and for small group or individual tuition in Mountaineering, Winter Skills, Climbing & Ice Climbing.

If the weather is against you, as it can be from time to time, you can still hone those climbing skills – indoors.

Extreme Dream, just up the road in Aviemore, is an excellent facility with climbs for all ages & skill levels.

 

Literature for Mountain Walkers.

Cameron McNeish: The Munros, Scotland's Highest Mountains, Lomond Books 1996

Rob Milne and Hamish Brown: SMC Hillwalker's Guide, The Corbetts & other Scottish Hills 1996

SMC Hillwalker's Guide: The Munros 2008

Donald Bennet and Cliff Stone: Scottish Hill Tracks

Brian Conduit: Cairngorms Pathfinder Guide 1996

Ernest Cross: Short Walks in the Cairngorms: Luath Press Ltd.

Ralph Storer: 50 Best Routes on Scottish Mountains: David and Charles 1998

For Further information, click on the links below.

Munro Magic

Walkingworld - online walking guide

WalkHighlands.co.uk

Scottish Mountaineering Club

Walking Wild

Best Walks

Adventure activities

Adventure_1With such a challenging and varied landscape right on our doorstep, the area just lends itself to all manner of  adventure activities.

Locally, you are again spoilt for choice, with two of the very best companies located in the vicinity.

Active Outdoor Pursuits have their HQ in the village and Highland Activities are based at Ardverikie Estate, better known as Glenbogle Estate from the BBC Series, Monarch of the Glen.

Quad Biking, 4x4 Driving & Tours, canoeing, white water rafting, gorge walking, indoor climbing, cycling, mountain biking, clay pigeon shooting and archery – all these things and more are on their menus of things to do.

Take a look at what they have to offer to see what suits you best.

Heritage Trail - Other Points of Interest

In addition to the sites listed on the Newtonmore Heritage Trail leaflet, there are many other points of interest throughout the village which are well worth a look...

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What to do in Newtonmore

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For local village walks you can download the new Newtonmore Paths Leaflet