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    The main town of Badenoch, Kingussie is a paradise for outdoor activities offering invigorating Highland air, dramatic scenery and great hospitality.

    Located at the foothills of the Cairngorms and Monadhliath mountain ranges, the town is often referred to as the traditional capital of Badenoch, the area of the upper Spey Valley. Founded in the late 18th century by the Duke of Gordon, it was a small hamlet surrounded by a vast pine forest at that time. On the opposite side of the River Spey is Ruthven Barracks, the site of an earlier settlement with connections to the 1715 and 1745 Jacobite risings.

    For those seeking invigorating activities, experience climbing, rambling, pony trekking, water and winter sports. Kingussie’s challenging 18-hole hillside golf course, established in 1891, rises to 1000 ft above sea level, offering spectacular views of the National Park. For those seeking Highland peace and tranquillity there are glorious riverside walks, fishing and birdwatching as well as a pleasant walk from the town to the ruins of Ruthven Barracks.

    The hugely popular television series Monarch of the Glen was filmed entirely in the upper Spey Valley, including many scenes featuring Kingussie.

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