There are records of the game of shinty having been played on the Eilean Bheannchair (the Eilan) since 1877, though some form of the game will undoubtedly have been played between the townships long before that.

In the late '60's and early '70's the most influential factors in the area were the development of the new A9 road and the continuing efforts being made by official organisations to attract more of the modern light industries.

We were recently contacted by Mr Dennis Burlingham, currently resident in Michigan USA. He'd seen the new website and wanted us to have some photos he'd taken of pages from a Tourist Guide to the village which, he seems to recall, he obtained in the late 1940's.

Not only did the two world wars decimate the male population, but the lack of employment opportunities afterwards gave impetus to the gravitation of the younger inhabitants to leave the village and seek work in the bigger centres of population.

The two world wars this century had a devastating effect on the prosperity of Newtonmore, as it had on other Highland communities also.

Over the years, the village continued to grow in popularity as a holiday destination and as a venue for 'sporting' recreation. The large local estates encouraged the gentry to come and indulge the fashion for Huntin' shootin' and fishin'.

Prior to the opening of the Highland Railway in 1863, Newtonmore was already a fairly active centre for commerce, situated at the meeting of the drove roads from Perth, Fort William and Inverness. There was also a drove road over the Corrieyarick pass, which brought the black cattle from the west and the islands.

Legend has it that Jonny Blair lived in a stone and turf 'black house' atop the small hillock now known as Jonny Blair's Garden close to Shepherd's Bridge in Glen Banchor, in the early 19th Century.

Prior to the early 19th century, there was no village on record at Newtonmore. Following construction of the new Spey Bridge in 1756, the bulk of the traffic by-passed Ruthven, where a ferry had to be used to reach Kingussie.

Ironically, the construction of the various roads, forts and barracks to facilitate the continuing oppression of the Scots in the early 1700's, following the first Jacobite uprising of 1715 also had a beneficial effect on Newtonmore.




What to do in Newtonmore

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For local village walks you can download the Newtonmore Paths Leaflet