Things to Do and See
There are so many things to do and see here in the Highlands 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.
Walking and Cycling
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, then you have found the perfect location. There are dozens of walking routes and trails in and through Kingussie. To find out more about there, go to http://cairngorms.co.uk/discover-explore/things-to-do/walking-trails/>
Locally, there is the Kingussie Paths Network as well as a many, many walking routes throughout the National Park. Arden House is located on the main walking routes across Scotland, from north to south and east to west. We can cater specially for walkers by offering drying facilities for wet outdoor clothing and walking boots, as well as preparing a tasty packed lunch for your next day on the go. We can also provide maps of the local and national walking routes and recommend where to stay for the next leg of your journey.
There are many cycling tracks and trails in and around the area, and we have welcomed cyclists from all over the world who have come to enjoy these. As with the walking trails, we can provide maps of the local cycling routes and trails or you can visit the Cycle Friendly Kingussie website for more information about what’s on offer <www.cyclefriendlykingussie.org>.
If you would like to enjoy cycling but can’t bring your own bike, Laggan Woltrax Center now offers a cycle drop-off and pick-up service. Woltrax is a specialist mountain bike center that can provide a range of cycles for people of all ages and abilities, including e-bikes. If you would like to hire a cycle from Wolftrax, let us know before your stay and we can arrange this on your behalf.
Kingussie also hosts an annual Bikeathon event each June. For information about this year’s event, click here to find out more https://en-gb.facebook.com/events/386075775189949/
Touring the Highlands
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 and NE250 touring routeS that will take you round some of the most spectacular landscapes of north-west and north-east Scotland. Start your NC500 or NE250 adventures with us. To find out more, go to www.northeast250.com 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.
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. The Guardian newspaper recently voted the Folk Museum the best out-door museum to visit in the UK. 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
Highland Wildlife Park
Is located a mere 4 miles from Arden House. This amazing park lets you see up close some of the native animals of Scotland, as well as some not so native. It also specialises in a programme of conservation for endangered species. It is well worth a visit and offers a great day out for all the family. The star attraction for many of our guests is Hamish, the polar bear cub, who celebrated his first birthday in December 2018. Hamish is growing fast but is still full of fun; he’ll be with mum, Victoria, at the park for another year or so, so you still have time to visit and see the antics of the first polar bear cub to be born in the UK for 25 years.
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
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.