The 9 Best Things to Do in Kingussie, United Kingdom (UK)

December 28, 2017 Darleen Reid

Kingussie (/kɪŋˈjuːsi/ ( listen) king-EW-see; Scottish Gaelic: Ceann a' Ghiùthsaich pronounced [ˈkʲʰaun̪ˠə ˈʝuːs̪ɪç] ) is a small town in the Badenoch and Strathspey ward of the Highland council area of Scotland. Historically in Inverness-shire, it lies beside the A9 road, although the old route of the A9 serves as the town's main street which has been bypassed since 1979. Kingussie is 42 miles (68 km) south of Inverness, 12 miles (19 km) south of Aviemore, and 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Newtonmore, which is its greatest rival in the game of shinty.
Restaurants in Kingussie

1. Highland Wildlife Park

Kincraig, Kingussie PH21 1NL, Scotland +44 1540 651270
Excellent
65%
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Highland Wildlife Park

Discover Scottish wildlife and endangered animals of the world's Mountains and tundra in our spectacular setting. Drive around the Main Reserve in your own car and then investigate the walk-round area on foot. With everything from Scottish wildcats to polar bears don't miss the Highlands' wildest day out!

Reviewed By John R - Manchester, United Kingdom

Overall, not a bad experience, but not amazing either. The entry road was wracked with potholes which wasn't too good.
The "drive-through" bit was nice enough, but not a lot of animals, in honesty. The horses were interesting up close, but hard to spot many other species about.
The variety of animals in general was good, and the polar bears were obviously of particular interest. Keepers seemed very knowledgeable and friendly, as were the rest of the staff.
It's bitter cold in the winter months so you'll need to wrap up warm, but the cold climate-focused selection of animals provided some nice changes to the regular wildlife park lineup.
An enjoyable morning spent, but nothing too special. Polar bears were amazing to see up close, mind you.
Overall, worth a visit with the family.

2. Alvie Estate Activities

Alvie Estate, Kincraig, Kingussie PH21 1NE, Scotland
Excellent
76%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 49 reviews

Alvie Estate Activities

Alvie & Dalraddy Estates offer a range of activities such as a Zip Wire Park, Segway Treks, Horse Riding, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Archery, Estate Tours, Bush Craft Survival Techniques & Paintball.

Reviewed By Enya R - Isle of Wight, United Kingdom

Ellie took me for an hour ride through the forest. She was really helpful and my horse was so friendly and docile! We went for a canter through the trees, and although we went really fast I never felt in danger. Hopefully I'll be back again someday!

3. RSPB - Insh Marshes

B970 South from Kingussie | Lat/lng: 57.07295,-4.02225, Kingussie, Scotland +44 1540 661518
Excellent
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4.5 based on 26 reviews

RSPB - Insh Marshes

Reviewed By Senninhasenninha - Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Fabulous reserve, with several hides spread out along the top of the valley. The walk to the various hides turns up plenty of local specialties and common woodland birds. The hides themselves are good for close ups of woodland birds as they come to the feeders, but for actually looking out of the hides themselves a telescope is good, for picking out waders etc.

4. Highland Horse Fun Kingussie

2 Ruthven Road | Unit 2a, Railway Station Industrial Estate, Kingussie PH21 1ER, Scotland
Excellent
72%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 66 reviews

Highland Horse Fun Kingussie

Come and ride with the originators of pony trekking and riding holidays in Scotland, we were established in 1952. We have a museum dedicated to Highland Pony Heritage as well as many activities apart from just riding: Carriage Rides, Sleigh Rides, Ski Joring, Wedding Carriages, Birthday Parties, Hen and Stag Do's, Horse Shows, Fun Days, Childrens Rides, Working Holidays, Saddle Club, Barbeques. We even have our own beach on the River Spey.

Reviewed By TravelGoddess2 - Sarasota, Florida

Booked a 1 hour beginner pony trek for myself (experienced rider) and my two family members (very beginner). The centre is located behind the railway station, you park at the railway and walk over to it on a driveway path. Our instructor was very nice but unfortunately the circumstance of the ride made my family uncomfortable and we never got to complete it. The horses are tacked with English saddle (not western if you're from the US and used to that type of trail ride). The beginning of the ride is actually down the side road and main road of the town. We even encountered the train passing through. This was a testament to the horses being bomb proof since the cars, bikes, trains and other sounds didn't seem to bother them at all but for a new rider this can be a bit of an overwhelming start. The instructor hand led my mothers horse like a pony ride since she was uncomfortable which was very nice but then my husband was at a bit of a loss when his horse decided to cut off the path and head into the trees without having riding experience he was a bit clueless of what to do and how to remedy the situation. Unfortunately we never got to complete the ride although it would have been just a very slow pony ride paced walk around.

5. Kingussie Golf Club

Gynack Road, Kingussie PH21 1LR, Scotland +44 1540 661600
Excellent
66%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
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4.5 based on 23 reviews

Kingussie Golf Club

Reviewed By dookers - Tarbert

played here over three days with a group of friends .The Course is a fair challenge with some tight driving holes which made it top notch for our match play get together .Very warm welcome throughout our stay would recommend a game here if you are in the area

6. Speyside Distillery

Duchess Road, Kingussie, Scotland +44 141 647 4464
Excellent
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5 based on 3 reviews

Speyside Distillery

Reviewed By avpe121 - Aylesbury, United Kingdom

I have seen a lot of Distilleries but loved this one. You have to phone in advance to book a tour with the manager Sandy Jamieson. The tour incurs payment which is more than the usual distillery tour but it is worth the money. We went on a Wednesday morning and were in a group of three. I loved the fact that Sandy the manager of the distillery showed us around along with Susan, he was very knowledgeable and informative. I liked the small group it felt very personal.
The place is not easy to find it is off the main road but there is a sign at the end of the road that directs you down to the place, you don't see much from the main road but it is well worth booking a tour, the grounds around the distillery although not large are very well kept and beautiful, there is a stream/river running nearby.
The still is in one building which is the original and the sampling room is in another part of the buildings.
We tried about three whisky's, my only complaint is that when you are the driver you can't try them all. We were there for about 1-2 hours only because I asked a lot of questions which Sandy was happy to answer.
Will definitely go on another visit when in the area.
Thank you Sandy it was a great tour.

Duke Street, Kingussie PH21 1JG, Scotland
Excellent
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Good
33%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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3.5 based on 6 reviews

The Iona Gallery

Reviewed By Norman K - St. Neots, United Kingdom

Interesting Art and Pottery, local artists, nice and small and reasonable, woman on duty also ran a pottery near Aviemore

8. Scottish Rock & Water

Finvoy Mill Road | Mill Road, Kingussie PH21 1LF, Scotland
Excellent
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5 based on 9 reviews

Scottish Rock & Water

Our aim here at Scottish Rock & Water is to provide you with a world class experience and memories that, we hope, will make your eyes sparkle and your grin grow. Whether it’s scrambling above the clouds on the airy peaks of Skye, paddling into the majestic expanse of Knoydart to conquer some remote Munros, or descending The River Spey and having a cheeky dram at one of over 50 Distilleries along the way. Our passion is in sharing our knowledge and helping you discover for yourself just how much adventure and beauty Scotland has to offer, after all, “though she be little, she is fierce!” ​

Reviewed By StuartyA

Had a fantastic wkend hillwalking near Ullapool, made even better with our guide Stephen from Scottish Rock and Water. Very experienced, knowledgeable and really easy to get along with. I would highly recommend Scottish Rock and Water for individuals or groups looking to tackle the Mountains with the reassurance of added safety to ensure a great time.

9. School of Mountain Biking

The Bothy, Invertromie, Kingussie PH211NS, Scotland +44 1540 662293
School of Mountain Biking

School of Mountain Biking offer guided rides, skills coaching and epic adventures, near Aviemore in the Cairngorms National Park.

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