Newtonmore is set in the upper Spey Valley, which curves around the northern tip of the Cairngorms. It is the ideal base for walkers with a good range of paths to suit all abilities in the area.
The 10km Wildcat Trail is a circular path around the village of Newtonmore in the Cairngorm National Park. Passing by rivers and crossing open moorland, the path is ideal for fans of walking and can be completed either in its whole or by sections, meaning it is ideal for all abilities.
Named after Newtonmore's association with the Scottish wildcat, the path takes visitors through a gorge and past one of the area's beautiful waterfalls. Along the way you may also spot a few of the wonderful wild orchids and other flowers that grow in the area. Of course, the views from the Wildcat Trail are also breath taking with the mountains of both Cairngorm and Monadhliath visible from many sections of the path. Completing the entire trail takes around three hours and is only suitable for those in good health and with good fitness levels.
Another three to four hour walk that has ties to the Clan Macpherson is that of Creag Dubh. This pretty mountain is one of the most prominent from the village of Newtonmore, and its name is the battle cry of Clan Macpherson. Reaching the peak can be difficult with steep and rough patches but the views from the top are spectacular. There are also massive crags in the area, so please make sure you are able to navigate your way safely.
For a more gentle stroll in the local area head to Gynack Burn near Kingussie where you can enjoy a walk with clearly marked paths. It takes around an hour to walk this trail but if you are an enthusiastic walker you can carry on to Creag Bheag and Tom Baraidh. A second easy walk that is also very beautiful is that around Pattack Falls and Druim an Aird. The magical landscape here is wonderful, and includes gorges, waterfalls and the ruins of Druim an Aird, a deserted village.