Exploring the villages that sprinkle the hills is a massive part of the charm of a visit to the Scottish Highland. Four great ones are all lined within 20 minutes of Crubenbeg House, so it will be easy to visit all of them during your Scottish Highland stay.
For a small village, Newtonmore has a lot to offer. The village is very proud to be the closest village to the centre of Scotland. You can easily walk to this central point from the village if you fancy. There are also two museums to explore along with a range of shops and places to eat. The town is a 10-minute drive up the A9 starting from Crubenbeg House.
Kingussie calls itself ‘the small town with a big heart’. We agree, and there is a certain magic that makes it a quintessential Scottish village. There are plenty of sights to see, shops and restaurants, and there is always something going on. Kingussie is just a 15-minute drive from Crubenbeg House. You go up the A9, just past Newtonmore. This means you can visit them both on the same trip if you wish.
Kincraig is the next village along the A9 from Kingussie. It takes no more than 20 minutes to drive here from Crubenbeg House. A fantastic spot to visit for anyone who loves the great outdoors. On your way into town, you’ll pass the Highland Wildlife Park, which is well worth a visit. At the heart of the town, you can see all the wildlife attracted by Loch Inch on which the village sits.
Several routes will take you to Laggan. The easiest is to take the A9 to Newtonmore then turn left on to the A86. This will get you from Crubenbeg house to Laggan in around 20 minutes. It’s worth finding your way to the centre of Laggan, if only because there are three fantastic cafes there, each of which tries to outdo the others by serving the most delicious cakes. We know you’ll want to try them all!