Walking, Cycling & Adventure Sports

Walking, Climbing and Cycling

Newtonmore is almost the geographical centre of Scotland and has easy access to a great variety of walking including the multi user Speyside Way which allows for wheelchairs, infant buggies and cyclists.  Walking guides and local maps are provided to help you choose where to go.  High level mountain tops of the CairnGorm mountain range, the open ground of the moors around Newtonmore or the wooded forest trails of Glenmore & Inshriach... you will be spoilt for choice. A full range of walks in the area can be seen on the Walkhighlands website.

Some of our favourites are:

  • The Newtonmore Wildcat Trail                        Up to 10km signposted circular walk around the village.  This walk can be accessed from our garden using our very own stile!  It is a great introduction to the village and can be walked in short sections.   This varied walk showcases the River Spey,  Glen Banchor and wonderful views of the whole valley.
  • Farleitter Crag and Uath Lochans                   4km Forrestry Commission sign posted walk from Kincraig. This family friendly walk has spectacular views of the mountains and the Uath Lochans.  A perfect walk at any time of the year but ideal if the weather is a little inclement as it is under some magnificent pine trees, 
  • Loch an Eilein, Rothiemurchus                        This very popular 7km circular walk around the famous Loch an Eilein and its ruined castle in the middle of the loch is not to be missed.   The path is suitable for all abilities as it is fairly level and follows a circular route around the loch.   A small visitor centre sells take away items such coffees, cold drinks and cakes or ice creams
  • Creag Bheag, Kingussie                                   Circular walk along the Golf Course and up a smal hill for great views of Kingussie Golf Course, Ruthven Barracks and the whole of the Badenoch valley.   This walk is accessed from a car park situated behibnd the Duke of Gordon Hotel in Kingussie.   It is well sign posted and gives a great introduction to the local mountains.

Newtonmore is an excellent base for the Cairngorms, Monadhliath ranges, Creag Meagaidh and even Ben Nevis.  We provide guide books and walk descriptions for you to plan your walks and recommend you take a map and be aware that the weather in the Scottish Highlands can change rapidly at any time of the year.

For climbing please consult the climbing website: http://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/map/ which lists all the local crags and mountains. The nearest hill to us is Creag Dubh which can be seen from the rear of Steading 5.

The Newtonmore area is a paradise for cycling, both road cycling and mountain biking. Suggested routes are

  • Newtonmore - Glen Truim - Laggan - Newtonmore 19 miles
  • Newtonmore – Laggan – Dalwhinnie – Newtonmore 32 miles
  • Newtonmore – Kincraig - Insh – Kingussie – Newtonmore 21 miles
  • Newtonmore – Aviemore – Newtonmore 30 miles

For mountain biking, there are trails at Wolftrax, Laggan and excellent mountain biking routes from the door in the Monadhliath mountains plus the Ardverikie, Glen Feshie and Rothiemurchus Estates.  


Walking, cycling and climbing can be dangerous and is done entirely at your own risk.  Information is provided free of charge; it is the individual's responsibility to check the route and navigate using a map and compass if walking or climbing.  Please be aware that the weather conditions can change very quickly in the Highlands.