Things to See and Do

One of the great things about Rathmhor is that there is so much to do within only a few minutes’ drive.  Here is a small selection of the many possibilities.  The numbers in brackets indicate approximately how long it takes to drive to each place from Rathmhor.

Highland Wildlife Park  Kincraig (5 mins)

Run by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, featuring native Scottish species such as capercaillie and wildcat as well as those from further afield such as Amur tiger and polar bear.

Iona Gallery  Kingussie (5 mins)

The only public art gallery in the Cairngorms, run by community group Society of Badenoch and Strathspey Artists to promote art and access to art for both residents and visitors.

Highland Folk Museum  Newtonmore (10 mins)

Wonderful open-air museum which gives fascinating glimpses into past ways of life in the Highlands.

Speyside Way (10 mins)

Well-signed long-distance trail which follows the River Spey for 73 miles from Kincraig through Aviemore to Grantown and ultimately to the sea at Buckie.  You don’t have to do the whole thing, there are lots of short walks along parts of it.  An extension from Kincraig to Newtonmore is planned.

Loch Insh Outdoor Centre  Kincraig (10 mins)

Friendly and well-equipped watersports centre offering loads of activities including sailing, canoeing and windsurfing instruction and hire.  Café and restaurant on site.

Insh Marshes National Nature Reserve  Kingussie (15 mins)

Internationally important RSPB wetland reserve, famous for wintering geese and swans and for breeding lapwings, curlews and redshanks.  Great waymarked woodland trails and bird hides.

Rothiemurchus Estate  Aviemore (20 mins)

Lots of activities including Land Rover safaris, pony trekking and segway adventures.  High-quality farm shop and restaurant.

Laggan Wolftrax (25 mins)

20 miles of green, blue, red and black mountain bike trails as well as bike park with berms and jumps.  Bike hire and café on site.

Glenmore Forest Park (25 mins)

Many great trails through Scots Pine forests with lovely views of hills and lochs and even a sandy beach.  Visitor Centre, café and Britain’s only herd of reindeer.

CairnGorm Mountain (30 mins)

Snowsports resort – the season can last from December to April, but you are most likely to find decent snow between January and March.  Ski and snowboard hire, café and shop.

Quad Biking at Ardverikie Estate (35 mins)

Superb fun for petrolheads aged 12 and over, on the huge estate where TV series Monarch of the Glen was filmed.  Highlight is zooming across the sands of Britain’s largest inland beach at Loch Laggan.

Cycle Friendly Kingussie

A wide range of local bike routes varying in length and difficulty from short family rides on quiet roads to longer more challenging trips on tracks through the hills.

Hillwalking

This is one of the best places for hillwalking in Britain, with 20 Munros (mountains over 3,000’) within 15 miles.  These range from straightforward and grassy to challenging, rocky and magnificent, including the second and third highest mountains in the British Isles, Ben Macdui and Braeriach.  Lots of great routes at the Walkhighlands website.  In winter only venture into the hills if you have ice axe and crampons and know how to use them.

Places to Eat

Another great thing about Rathmhor is that there are lots of good places to eat nearby.  Here are a few of our favourites.

McInnes House Hotel  Kingussie (5 mins)

Pleasant hotel restaurant with tasty good value food and friendly service.  Check website before visiting, as at some times of year evening meals are only served Friday - Sunday.

Sugar Bowl  Kingussie (5 mins)

Great range of hot lunches and sweet snacks in a bustling and welcoming atmosphere.

Joe’s Chippy  Kingussie (5 mins)

First rate fish and chip shop with friendly staff and wide range of food to eat in or take away.  By the traffic lights in the middle of town.

The Cross at Kingussie (5 mins)

Fine dining at a price – we haven’t been yet but apparently it’s very good indeed.  In a converted mill building just up the hill from the town centre.

Letterbox Restaurant  Newtonmore (10 mins)

Excellent local restaurant with friendly service, pleasant atmosphere and varied menu featuring lots of local produce.

Boathouse Restaurant  Kincraig (10 mins)

Part of Loch Insh Outdoor Centre; good range of food in a log cabin setting overlooking the loch.

Rowan Tree Country Hotel  Alvie (10 mins)

Standard pub/restaurant fare in a modernised coaching inn on the old A9 between Kincraig and Aviemore.