The popular holiday area of the Scottish highlands can be reached from the south by road in comparative ease, with dual carriageway for most of the way. Good alternatives lie with rail, with the day train from London taking seven and a quarter hours, and air. There are flights from London, Luton, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol to Inverness (48 miles from Insh), and flights from all major UK airports to Edinburgh (125 miles from Insh) and Glasgow.
Strathspey abounds with bird life. The holiday properties are near Insh Marshes Bird Reserve, overlooking which are two public bird hides. Ospreys nest each year at Loch Garten (where the Osprey Centre is open from May to September), while another pair nests nearer, on Loch Insh at Kincraig. Locally too you may see such rarities as eagles, hen and marsh harriers, sparrowhawks, capercaillies, ptarmigan, dotterel, curlew, woodcock, snipe, ring ouzels, crossbills, siskins, whinchats, snow buntings, crested tits and various warblers. We are also pleased to offer advice on the best place for perhaps spotting some of these birds.
There is a wide range of holiday activities to be enjoyed in the area. Visit castles, whisky distilleries, the Highland Wildlife Park at Kincraig, and the Landmark Adventure Park at Carrbridge. In the summer and on certain days in the winter, the steam railway runs between Aviemore, Boat of Garten and Broomhill ( Glenbogle in the TV series 'Monarch of the Glen', which was filmed throughout the strath). Water sports, with tuition and boat trips are available at Insh Hall by Loch Insh, where there is also a dry ski slope. Fishing permits may be bought locally. There are riding stables at Kincraig, Feshiebridge and Rothiemurchus, with pony trekking at Newtonmore. Mountain bikes are widely available. Golfers have a choice of five courses: Boat of Garten, Carrbridge and Nethybridge provide 9 -hole courses, while the 18-hole courses at Kingussie and Newtonmore rank among the most scenic in the country. The Whisky Trail is a motoring route centred on the county of Morayshire, beginning at Grantown-on-Spey.
There are three annual Highland Games held in the local area of Badenoch & Strathspey: Newtonmore, Rothiemurchus and Grantown-on-Spey. Aviemore gives access to the Cairngorms and the Caledonian Forest of Rothiemurchus. You may visit the Reindeer Centre at Glenmore, from where there are daily outings onto the hills to feed these delightfully tame animals. A trip to the top of Cairngorm on the funicular railway provides a great panoramic view and here, of course, is Scotland's main skiing centre. Gliding is available to the public in Glen Feshie.
Magnificent low-level walking, hill-walking and cross-country skiing country is at one's doorstep. The Kingussie area is also excellent for orchids and other wild flowers. Pine martens and badgers may sometimes be seen around Insh and otters by the River Spey.