Things to Do and See
One of the reasons we gave up the 9-5 to come to the Highlands and run Arden House is the joy of living in the heart of the Cairngorms. There are so many things to do and see that we can’t possibly list everything here but we hope that the information provided will give you a flavour of why people flock to this amazing part of Scotland. We’ve also included some links to local attractions and activities that we hope you will find useful.
As avid cycling enthusiasts (albeit when the business allows) - cycling and catering for cyclists, was what really attracted us to Kingussie. As well as the many cycling tracks and trails in and around the area, Kingussie hosts an annual Bikeathon event each June. For information about this year’s event, click here to find out more. Remember to book your stay early as this increasingly popular event means that we get booked up quickly in advance and if you do bring your own bike we provide secure storage.
If you need to hire a bike, there are places nearby where you can do so, or carry out repairs. If you do bring your own bike we provide secure storage which means that if you get here by train, you can bring your own cycle and be sure that it’s safe and secure.
Many people who come to the area are touring to see as much of Scotland as possible. If this is the case, then Arden House is the perfect base for your travels. We are close to the A9, which is the main road link to and from the Highlands and Islands and we even have a train station a few minutes walk away.
We are also perfectly located for the NC5OO touring route that will take you round some of the most spectacular landscapes of north-west Scotland. Start your NC500 adventure with us and you can find out more here www.northcoast500.com
By car or bicycle you can enjoy the Cairngorm Snow Roads. This is a 90 mile route over the highest road in Britain, but you don’t need to do the whole journey in one go! It’s not to be taken at F1 speeds and there’re loads of places to stop along the way. With breath-taking scenery, it doesn’t need to be snowing for you to enjoy this amazing road trip.
Walking and hiking
The Highlands attracts thousands of walkers each year. If you’re here to enjoy a light stroll to blow away the cobwebs or you’re a serious munro bagger, you have found the perfect location. There are dozens of walks through or starting from Kingussie. To find out more and to see what’s on offer in and around the Cairngorms click here: cairngorms.co.uk/discover-explore/things-to-do/walking-trails.
Now, if golf is your thing, then you are truly spoiled for choice. Kingussie has its very own golf club and there are loads more to choose from both in and out of the park.
If you think all museums are dark and dusty places, then think again. The Highland Folk Museum, located between Kingussie and Newtonmore is an amazing place where you can, quite literally, take a walk through the history of the Highlands and experience how the folks from these parts used to live, work and play. Authentically built houses, farms, schoolhouses and workplaces bring the history of the area to life, so much so, they even used parts of the museum to film Outlander. But take an umbrella as it’s all outdoors and you’ll need a full morning or afternoon to take it all in. www.highlifehighland.com/highlandfolkmuseum
Cairngorms National Park is just one big playground for those who enjoy the great outdoors and here’s a wee taster of some of the things on offer:
Enjoy water-sports at one of the many centres in the park. The nearest to Kingussie are Loch Morlich and Loch Insh Water-sports centres where you can enjoy activities such as
- Sailing, windsurfing and stand up paddle boarding
- Canoeing, kayaking and pedaloes
- Raft building and rowing
- Osprey spotting boat trips and Spey salmon fishing
The centres offer more for the land lubbers amongst you, so if keeping dry is your thing, you can also enjoy:
- Dry ski-slope ski-ing or snow-boarding – to get you ready for the real stuff
- Mountain biking
- Play parks for the young at heart
Winter Sports. The Cairngorms boasts the best slopes in Scotland and within the park there are plenty resorts to choose from:
- Cairngorm Mountain – you can access this from Aviemore. With it’s ski and snowboard station, funicular railway and lifts and floodlit slopes, you can keep going even when the sun goes down
- Cairngorm Sleddog Centre – located near Aviemore, there’s loads to do for a fun-filled family day out
- Enjoy the beauty of the Eastern Cairngorms at the Lecht Ski Cente. At 645m above sea level, you’ll find the Lecht at the top of the pass between Tomintoul and Strathdon. The Lecht is a 55 minute drive from Arden House
- Glenshee Ski Centre, with its extensive ski-ing and snowboarding facilities, is located in Braemar and is an 1 hour 45 minutes
There are over a dozen places in the park near to Kingussie for you to spot some of Scotland’s native wildlife, not to mention species not so native. Click here to see what you can enjoy and where to find it.
Places to Eat and drink
In Kingussie and surrounding areas, there are plenty of places to choose from to eat and drink. We’re more than happy to recommend somewhere, so contact us when you book or ask when you get here.