Kingussie and Newtonmore: Badenoch

Kingussie and Newtonmore: Badenoch

The upper reaches of the mighty River Spey 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 strath - 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 grade2.3km 1 hour
Uath Lochans easy circuit grade2.5km 1 hour
Riverside Walk, Kincraig grade2.7km 1 hour
Gorstean Crag woodland grade3km 1 - 1.5 hours
Farleitter Crag and Uath Lochans grade4km 1 - 1.5 hours
Pattack Falls and Druim an Aird grade4.5km 1 - 1.5 hours
Insh Marshes - Invertromie Trail grade4.5km 2 hours
Lower Glen Feshie and the Sculpture Trail grade4.5km 1.5 - 2 hours
Wildcat Trail, Newtonmore grade11km 2.5 - 3.5 hours
Dalwhinnie to Culra grade15km 3 - 4 hours one way
Allt Mhoraich circuit gradegrade5.5km 2 - 2.5 hours
Creag Bheag and Tom Baraidh, Kingussie gradegrade7km 2.5 - 3.5 hours
Black Wood and Dun da-Lamh fort gradegrade8.5km 2.5 - 4 hours
Falls of Truim and Truim woods gradegrade9km 2 - 3 hours
Ruthven and Glen Tromie Circuit gradegrade10.5km 3 - 5 hours
Kingussie and Newtonmore via Loch Gynack gradegrade11.25km 2.5 - 3.5 hours
Upper Glen Feshie and Ruigh Aiteachain gradegrade12.5km 3.5 - 4 hours
Badenoch Way gradegrade17.5km 5 - 6 hours
Geal Charn, Monadhliath gradegradegrade12.5km 5 - 6 hours
Meall Chuaich, Drumochter gradegradegrade14km 4 - 5 hours
Carn an Fhreiceadain from Kingussie gradegradegrade18km 4 - 5 hours
Corrieyairack Pass: Laggan to Fort Augustus gradegradegrade39.5km 10 - 12 hours
Creag Dubh, near Newtonmore gradegradegradegrade5km 3 - 4 hours
A' Mharconaich and Geal Charn, Drumochter gradegradegradegrade11.5km 4 - 6 hours
Meall na h-Airse, from Garva Bridge gradegradegradegrade13km 4.5 - 5 hours
Sgor Gaoith, from Glen Feshie gradegradegradegrade14km 6 - 7 hours
Gairbeinn and Corrieyairack Hill, Melgarve gradegradegradegrade15.5km 5 - 6.5 hours
Beinn Udlamain and Sgairneach Mhor gradegradegradegrade15.75km 6 - 7 hours
Ben Alder and Beinn Bheoil from Culra gradegradegradegrade17km 7 - 8 hours
Aonach Beag: Four Munros from Culra gradegradegradegrade18.5km 8 - 9 hours
Carn na Caim and A'Bhuidheanach Bheag, Drumochter gradegradegradegrade19km 5 - 6 hours
The Fara, Dalwhinnie gradegradegradegrade19.75km 6.5 - 7.5 hours
Mullach Clach a' Bhlair gradegradegradegrade22.5km 7 - 8 hours
Meallach Mhor and Croidh-la, Glen Tromie gradegradegradegrade22.75km 7 - 8 hours
Carn Dearg, Carn Sgulain and A'Chailleach gradegradegradegrade24.5km 8 - 10 hours
Beinn Bhrotain and Monadh Mor, from Glen Feshie gradegradegradegrade29km 9 - 11 hours
Leathad an Taobhain and Carn Dearg Mor gradegradegradegrade33.5km 9 - 10 hours
The Speyside Way 107km 6 stages
The East Highland Way 134km 7 stages
Scottish National Trail864km6 weeks



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