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Uath Lochans, Kingussie. Nan Shepherd's 'The Living Mountain' details adventures in the Cairngorms. (Credit: VisitScotland)
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Kingussie

Kingussie is a lively traditional town in the Cairngorms National Park, full of art galleries, locally owned shops and hardy shinty players. This is the birthplace of Scotland’s national game, where the Camanachd Association was formed in 1893, and stories and songs inspired by exploits on the shinty field spill from homes and pubs across the town.

A perfect Highland base for the outdoor enthusiast, Kingussie is a major stopping off point on the Speyside Way and a multitude of other walking and cycling routes can be easily accessed from the town. A mix of longer, tougher routes alongside some less serious outings means that everyone is catered for, and there will always be rewarding views of the striking Cairngorms and Monadhliath mountain ranges regardless of the direction of travel.

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