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email  Ruthvensteadings@aol.com 

 Tel   (01540)  662328


Centrally located in the Cairngorms National Park, less than l mile from Kingussie in a quiet
countryside location at 750 feet above sea level overlooking the RSPB  Bird Reserve and Ruthven Barracks

Ruthven Barracks were finally completed in 1721. In 1745 200 Jacobites tried to capture Ruthven Barracks which was defended by a force of just 12 redcoats. Commanded by a Sergeant Molloy, the redcoats fought off the Jacobites with the loss of just one man.

The barracks were finally taken in February 1746 when the Jacobites returned in much larger numbers and more suitably equipped with artillery. On the 17th April 1746, Within a few days of the battle of Culloden, around 1,500 Jacobite soldiers gathered at Ruthven Barracks, ready to continue the campaign. To their surprise Charles Stewart gave the order to disperse and then went into hiding. For him, the Rising was over.

For more  information go to - The Battle of Culloden


Insh Marshes Bird Reserve

The River Spey, less than 400m from the cottages
Fishing permits can be purchased locally


We are just 11 miles south of Aviemore and 
45 miles south of Inverness (and airport) and Loch Ness

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Less than 1 mile from Kingussie railway station

2hrs drive north of Edinburgh and 2.5hrs drive north of Glasgow

You can easily walk into Kingussie for meals and shopping where you can play bowls, tennis,
            and play a fantastic 18 hole golf course
 www.Kingussie-golf.co.uk   ,

and visit the Highland Folk Museum. www.highlandfolk.com

 There are several speciality shops selling
oriental carpets, furniture, pictures and frames and pottery.


Images by John and Margaret Sixsmith (on holiday in Sundowner Cottage 14th to 21st  March 2010)

Below are just a few of the many places you can visit

Click here to learn more about Wildlife Photography at Rothiemurchus

"This is the best place in the world to watch Ospreys fishing at close quarters" 

  Simon King,   BBC   Springwatch


Exciting for all ages, in all weathers.  Watercoaster, exhibitions, viewing tower, tree top trail, climbing wall and restaurant.

Landmark Forest Theme Park


Experience Scottish wildlife past and present.  Wolves, otters, bison, capercaillie, lynx and more all within the spectacular setting of the Cairngorm National Park

Highland Wildlife Park



A mountain experience to inspire everyone, regardless of age or physical ability.  Ride the Cairngorm Mountain Railway and let the scenery take your breath away.

Cairngorm Mountain Railway


Amazing walks, land rover tours, fishing, shooting clays, quad bike tours, wildlife watching and a lot, lot more .......


Rothiemurchus  Centre


A purpose built mountain bike centre set in one of the most scenic parts of the Cairngorm National Park.  Trails with 'bite'

Wolftrax Mountain Bike Centre



Daytime/evening trips through spectacular areas at the foot of the Cairngorms.  Meet the dogs and talk with the 'Musher'

Cairngorm Sled Dog Adventure Centre


Guided wildlife excursions with a friendly, experienced local nature watcher.

Highland Wildlife & Bird Watch Safaris



This award winning museum has a 1700's township with turf houses and open peat fires, a working croft with rare bread animals and farm machinery and an old tin school.  Cafe

Highland Folk Museum


Join the reindeer herder out on the hillside where the reindeer graze in their natural environment.

Cairngorm Reindeer Centre


Pine marten

In Speyside and just want to book a night to see Pine Martens, Badgers and more? No problem. Come and enjoy our famous dusk wildlife! We regularly see Pine Marten, Badgers and much more .

Speyside Wildlife


Here you can enjoy a walk through the wild garden and look at the variety of plants we have to offer. In the Potting Shed Tearoom you can indulge in some tasty homemade cake whilst observing the birds and squirrels at the feeding station.



The Potting shed


Britain's largest National Park, the Cairngorms are the most extensive range of high mountains in the UK, with a vast, tundra-like wilderness at the heart of the region. The upper Spey Valley curves round the northern end of the Cairngorm range.

Cairngorm and Kingussie walks



Chanonry point

Standing at the lighthouse at Chanonry point you can watch wild bottlenose dolphins

The best time to see them is when the incoming tide is rising and the dolphins are hunting for fish

We took these pictures on a very grey day and we watched them for about an hour



Loch Morlich


email  Ruthvensteadings@aol.com 

 Tel   (01540)  662328

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