Steading 5 Balvatin Cottages is a fantastic base for the many visitor attractions and outdoor activities in the Cairngorms National Park and beyond. The Cairngorm National Park is the largest in the United Kingdom and where many of the dramatic mountain landscapes and longer walks in Scotland can be found. The National Park is home to a quarter of Scotland’s native forest, a quarter of all rare and endangered wildlife species in the UK, and has a third of the UK’s land above 600m. Over 50 of Scotland's 282 Munros ( mountains over 3000 feet high) can be found within the Cairngorm National Park. Providing dramatic landscapes and wide empty spaces. The lochs, forests and wildlife also mean that there are plenty of lower-level, accessible walks in the Cairngorms to allow everyone to enjoy the area. It is the perfect spot to walk, cycle, swim, canoe or ski!
Dalwhinnie Distillery Tours
Dalwhinnie distillery is a short drive south from Newtonmore and a guided tour will give you an insight into whisky production in the Scottish Highlands. Take the fascinating distillery tour that gives you an explanation of the traditional art of malt whisky distilling. It ends with a tasting of the whisky accompanied by chocolates ( for the non drivers!). Plenty of free parking and a large onsite shop to buy that essential souvenir of your visit.
Open daily Monday-Sunday
Check for details on pricing here Tel: 01540 672219
The Wildcat Experience and Trail Newtonmore
Try a treasure hunt with a difference in and around Newtonmore! 132 life-sized painted models of Scottish wildcats are hidden around the village and along the Wildcat Trail which encircles it. All the cats are decorated in different colours and have their own characters such our very own Ice Cool Cat ( above) , Cat-a-ract, Paws for Thought and many more. They are tucked behind hedges, in gardens or on roofs. See how many you can track down ! Certificates and small prizes are offered from the Wildcat Centre in the Main Street for those who find them. A Wildcat Experience Trackpack which includes a bag and a map is available from the Wildcat Centre to help you on your search.
Wildcat Centre is open in the summer season but the Trackpack can also be purchased from the Post Office.
Main Street Newtonmore PH20 1DD Tel 01540 673131
Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore
Step back in history at this award winning living museum complete with a 1700s township, a working croft and a 1930s sweetie shop, plus steam powered saw mill and examples of local shops including a tweed shop. During the summer there is often displays of how Highlanders lived, produced their food and built their houses. This museum is a must for young and old. The large play park is very popular with our younger guests and wonderful mountain views for the parents to enjoy! A large free car park and plenty of friendly welcoming staff to explain the exhibits make this a great outing. How about learning how use a pen and ink in the old school room or butter making in the 1930s farm yard. An onsite cafe with plenty of outside seating provides snacks, lunches or simply a cup of tea or coffee.
Open daily from Easter to October Free entry and easy walk from Steading 5
Tel. 01540 673551 PH20 1AY www.highlandfolk.com
Highland Wildlife Park, Kincraig
Home to over 200 species of animals including tigers, polar bears and wolves. Worth going for the views across the Spey valley alone! Many acres of land and home to huge variety of animals, large and small. Drive through the park viewing the larger animals before parking in the free car park to explore the smaller animals on foot. Time your visit to incorporate regular talks by the animal keepers and feeding times. Don't forget your camera!
Open daily Tel. 01540 651270 Kincraig PH21 1NL www.highlandwildlifepark.org
Zip Trek Adventure Park, Aviemore
Over 2km of zip wires to zoom around, through and over trees zipping over a beautiful and spectular gorge. Night ziptreks are also available during autimn and winter. Family friendly and brilliant fun! Make sure you take plenty of photographs.
Tel. 01540 651777 PH21 1NE www.zippark.co.uk
The Wee bike Hub
Kingussie just 3 miles away prides itself on being cycle friendly and has 2 bike shops where you can rent or purchase a bike. The staff are very helpful particularly to those of us who are not very mechanically minded.
Main Street Kingussie Tel 01528 544751 www.weebikehub.co.uk