Kingussie and Newtonmore: Badenoch


The upper Spey Valley curves round the northern end of the Cairngorm range. Centred on the two fine old towns of Kingussie and Newtonmore, Badenoch is an ideal centre for walks of all abilities.

The Spey Valley itself - much broader than most glens in the Highlands - offers fine low-level walking, whilst sweeping mountains line the horizons in all directions. North is the vast, bleak wilderness plateau of the Monadhliath, and southwest the A9 and railway carves its way out of the region through the Drumochter pass, the tenuous link to the cities of the south. West of Drumochter is another wilderness area, that of Ben Alder and it's satellites, whilst to the east rear the main bulk of the Cairngorms range.


Walk Grade Distance Time
Gynack Mill Trail, Kingussie 2.3km 1 hour
Gorstean Crag woodland 3km 1 - 1.5 hours
Pattack Falls and Druim an Aird 4.5km 1 - 1.5 hours
Insh Marshes - Invertromie Trail 4.5km 2 hours
Wildcat Trail, Newtonmore 11km 2.5 - 3.5 hours
Dalwhinnie to Culra Bothy 15km 3 - 4 hours one way
Allt Mhoraich circuit 5.5km 1.5 - 2.5 hours
Creag Bheag and Tom Baraidh, Kingussie 7km 2.5 - 3.5 hours
Black Wood and Dun da-Lamh fort 8.5km 2.5 - 4 hours
Falls of Truim and Truim woods 9km 2 - 3 hours
Ruthven and Glen Tromie Circuit 10.5km 3 - 5 hours
Kingussie and Newtonmore via Loch Gynack 11.25km 2.5 - 3.5 hours
Badenoch Way 17.5km 5 - 6 hours
Geal Charn, Monadhliath 12.5km 5 - 6 hours
Meall Chuaich, Drumochter 14km 4 - 5 hours
Carn an Fhreiceadain from Kingussie 18km 4 - 5 hours
Corrieyairack Pass 39.5km 10 - 12 hours
Creag Dubh, near Newtonmore 5km 3 - 4 hours
A' Mharconaich and Geal Charn, Drumochter 11.5km 5 - 7 hours
Meall na h-Airse, from Garva Bridge 13km 4.5 - 5 hours
Beinn Udlamain and Sgairneach Mhor 14.5km 6 - 8 hours
Gairbeinn and Corrieyairack Hill, Melgarve 15.5km 5 - 6.5 hours
Ben Alder and Beinn Bheoil from Culra 17km 7 - 8 hours
Aonach Beag: Four Munros from Culra 18.5km 8 - 9 hours
Carn na Caim and A'Bhuidheanach Bheag, Drumochter 19km 5 - 6 hours
The Fara, Dalwhinnie 19.75km 6.5 - 7.5 hours
Meallach Mhor and Croidh-la, Glen Tromie 22.75km 7 - 8 hours
Carn Dearg, Carn Sgulain & A'Chailleach 25km 8 - 10 hours
The East Highland Way 134km 7 stages
Scottish National Trail864km6 weeks

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