The local free museum open to the public from April till the end of October. The museum houses the history past and present of the clan and is the focal point for the annual gathering in August. Tel 01540 673332 or go to the website.
The Highland Folk Museum
In Newtonmore and a must when visiting the area, but allow 3 hours for the visit. The Museum is free and with many reconstructed building spanning the history of the people of the highlands. With demonstrations, storytelling, crafts and music it brings the past back to life. As a Green Tourism Member like us you are supporting their efforts. Open April till October. Tel 01540 661307 or www.highlandfolk.com
Located just outside Kingussie and visable from the A9, stands Ruthven Barracks. Built after the 1715 Jacobite uprising and burned down by Bonnie Prince Charlie’s army in 1746. Free admission and open access. www.historic-scotland.gov.uk
Highland Wildlife Park
A great place to visit with Scotlands only Polar Bears and a range of other animals from Snow Monkies, Artic Fox, Amur Tigers, Scottish Wildcat, Snow Leopard and many many others. We sponsor the European Bison due to the wonderful reintroduction breading program. They are a Green Tourism Member like us and it is worth checking them out. www.highlandwildlifepark.org.uk or ring them on 01540 651 270
The Cairngorm Reindeer Centre
If you are looking for something different to do this is a great way to spend half a day. Enjoy a great walk in the upper Cairngorms National Park then the reward of feeding Scotlands Reindeer. Alternatively if time is short you can visit some of the Reindeer down at the Centre. www.cairngormreindeer.co.uk or ring them 01479 861 228
Cairngorms Funicular Railway, Camera Obscura and Mountain Garden
A real experience is travelling up to the upper underground station on the Funicular Railway and checking out the wonderful views, small exhibition area and cafe. But if time or cost is limiting then for free check out the views from the lower station and car park, plus they have a great little mountain garden behind the buildings together with a Camera Obscura that is free. They also have a cafe and shop at this level. www.cairngormmountain.org
Used in Monarch of the Glen filming at Broomhill Station (Glenbogle Station) that aside it is a great little railway with authentic old carridges. Check out the operating times as they do vary. www.strathspeyrailway.co.uk It is about 30mins from us and lots of guests have enjoyed it.
The Jacobite Railway
One of the UK's best railway journey's a must for enthusiasts. Also used in filming for Harry Potter while travlling over the Glenfinnan Viaduct. The journey takes you from Fort William to the Port of Malaig. You have to book in advance, tickets in summer are really difficult to get. www.jacobitetrain.com
Another mountain experience is at Nevis Range between Fort William and Spean Bridge. The Nevis Range has Gondola trips upto Aonach Mor at 650m and some great views from the top. Also a great place for the new Zoomtrax tubing slide, Rope walking in trees and Mountain Biking. Another of the many Green Tourism members to support. www.nevisrange.co.uk
Just down the A9 (about 30mins) towards Perth stands the ancient home of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl, dating from 1269. Reputed to be the last castle besieged in Britain and home to the only private army in Europe, the Atholl Highlanders who march each year. A castle steeped in history with lots to explore, including great gardens. As a Green Tourism Member like us you are supporting their efforts. www.blair-castle.co.uk