Things To Do In Inverness-shire

Cairngorms National Park & Beyond

Steading 5 Balvatin Cottages is a fantastic base for the many visitor attractions and outdoor activities in the Cairngorms National Park and beyond.

  • Newtonmore has excellent walking for all. Popular local walks start from Steading 5; we provide guides and maps to help you choose. 
  • The Wildcat Trail is a 6 mile (10km) sign-posted path around the outskirts of Newtonmore and gives a great introduction to the area. 
  • Come watch Newtonmore play the exciting Highland game of shinty from March to October.
  • The Newtonmore Golf Club is in the village centre and the course runs along side the magnificent River Spey. Visitors are very welcome.
  • Watersports are available at Loch Insh Watersports (Kincraig) and Loch Morlich, near Aviemore. Sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and activity days are available.
  • Skiing and sledging are popular in the winter months on the CairnGorm mountain.
  • Fishing on the River Spey (with a locally available permit), swimming, playing tennis, watching shinty matches and bowling are all available in Newtonmore. 
  • Details of mountain climbing and hill walking around the village are available on the village



Alba Chocolate Workshops
Chocolate Workshops - Newtonmore

Runs workshops from their production unit in Newtonmore.   
Check for details on opening times and pricing
Tel: 01540 673 847  PH20 1AL

Dalwhinnie Distillery Tours
Dalwhinnie Distillery Tours

Take a whisky and chocolate distillery tour that gives you an explanation of the traditional art of malt whisky distilling. Fascinating process with informative guides.

Open daily Monday-Sunday
Check for details on pricing here

Tel: 01540 672219

Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore
Highland Folk Museum - Newtonmore

Step back in history at this award winning site complete with a 1700s township, a working croft and a 1930s sweetie shop.  

Open daily from Easter to October

Free entry and easy walk from Steading 5  

 Tel. 01540 673551  PH20 1AY


Highland Wildlife Park, Kincraig
Highland Wildlife Park - Kincraig

Home to over 200 animals including tigers, polar bears and wolves. Worth going for the views alone!  200 acres and home to huge variety of animals. 

Open daily

Tel. 01540 651270  PH21 1NL



Zip Trek Adventure Park, Aviemore

Over 2km of zip wires to zoom around through the trees and over a beautiful gorge. 

 Family friendly and brilliant fun!

Tel. 01540 651777 PH21 1NE