Within a short drive of our newtonmore bed and breakfast you can soak up the deep-rooted history of this wonderful land and its people.
Close to home, get to know how the Highlander lived in times gone by at the excellent Highland Folk Museum, and learn as much as you want about the local Clan MacPherson at their museum, both are located in Newtonmore. There’s also the superb Ruthven Barracks just outside Kingussie, built by General Wade after the 1715 uprising to control the rebellious Scots.
Near to Cawdor Castle there’s Culloden Battlefield, with its excellent Visitor Centre. (Culloden is the site of the last battle fought on British soil and a very, very special place indeed.) Close by it’s also worth a visit to the well-preserved Bronze Age burial site at Clava Cairns.
On the shores of Loch Ness you’ll find Urquhart Castle, also with an excellent Visitor Centre and, nearby, we mustn’t forget historic Nessie. The Castle and the “Nessie Village” of Drumnadrochit are 80 to 90 minutes drive from here through some lovely scenery.
En route, you can also stop off for a few minutes at the Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge - a very moving experience.
Heading south, a short drive takes you to the Pass of Killiecrankie, the site of a famous battle in 1689 and of some excellent walks nowadays.
Another couple of miles takes you to Pitlochry, location for the famous Festival Theatre, a lovely evening out and not too far to drive back here afterwards.
A little further south, near Dunkeld, there’s The Hermitage, with a wild 'tree garden', two romantic 'follies' and some delightful walking trails alongside the river and through varied woodland containing Britain's tallest tree, a stately Douglas fir 212 feet (64.5 metres) high.
www.newtonmore.com (Ruthven Barracks)
www.historic-scotland.gov.uk (Clava Cairns)
www.pitlochry.org.uk (Pitlochry & The Hermitage).