Several notable attractions near Kingussie and Newtonmore make the one hour drive from the cottage an excellent choice for a day out.
The Highland Wildlife Park is the partner of Edinburgh Zoo and features polar bears, tigers, wolves and a whole lot more. A drive through area allows the chance to get up close to bison, yak and camel. Various events and talks, including guided landrover tours, run through the day.
The Highland Folk Museum aims to keep the heritage of Highland life alive through preserving, recording and interpreting aspects of Highland life from 1700 onwards on a mile-long site. There is a Victorian school and post office as well as traditional Highland longhouses.
Ruthven Barracks were erected in 1719 following the Jacobite rising of 1715. The barracks are now a property run by Historic Scotland and are preserved much as they were when they were burnt by Bonnie Prince Charlie’s army in 1746, when nearly 3,000 Jacobites rallied there in vain after the defeat at Culloden.
The Newtonmore Riding Centre is best known for Highland Ponies, but has “a good selection of all sizes of equines” and is able to accommodate riders of any age, from beginners through to those seeking a more challenging ride through rough country.
If you like watersports then Lochinsh Watersports and Skiing Centre is a day out in itself. On the water there is sailing, canoeing, rowing, raft building and fishing. Back on land there is a dry ski slope, archery and play parks, after all of which you will be ready for the on-site restaurant.