Newtonmore has an active, welcoming and vibrant local community. It has been a popular tourist destination since the late 19th century and has survived the many ups and downs of the industry. Craigellachie House is the oldest building in the "New Town on the Moor" and was originally a coaching Inn. The Hostel was once the site of it's stables. This friendly village has become a great base for exploring the Cairngorm National Park and the Monadhliath hills.
There is excellent mountain biking in the area and it is wonderful walking territory: three Munros within walking distance and the start point for 25 more within half an hours drive. Plenty of Corbetts and Grahams too – including Creag Dubh, Newtonmore's Mountain, which stands over the village. It offers crags, scrambles and a lovely ridge along with wild goats and an excellent view along Strathspey.
There is excellent low level walking too with the Wildcat Trail – an 11km walk that circumnavigates the village, beautiful Glen Banchor, nearby Loch Gynack and Kingussie's little hill, Creag Bheag and it is just a short drive to the natural Caledonian Pine forest in Rothirmurchus, beautiful Loch an Eilein, Glen Feshie and so much more . . .
Sue and Ali have extensive knowledge of the local area (and further afield) and know many a good route and wild camping spot. Neil is equally well versed on cycling opportunities and is always happy to help (when available) with any mechanical problems.
There are several cafes and hotels and a restaurant, a well-stocked grocery shop (Coop – open 7am-10pm), post office and cash points (ATMs). The Highland Folk Museum, is just a short walk away, and the Highland WildlifePark, about seven miles to the north. Around the village are 130 life size wildcat models to find as part of the Wild Cat experience - great fun for kids . . . and grown up kids!
The National Cycle Network Route 7 passes through the village, as does the East Highland Way long distance footpath. Newtonmore is also a popular staging post with cyclists and walkers travelling from Land's End to John o' Groats.
Being just 15 miles from Aviemore gives easy access to a comprehensive range of outdoor activities for all ages We are equidistant from Fort William and Inverness (45 miles), about two hours by car from Aberdeen, and two to three hours from Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Newtonmore is on the main railway line to Inverness and the north and Scottish Citylink coaches also stop here in addition to the regular Stagecoach service.
The increasing popularity of Mountain biking has been a major influence on the area. In particular the Wolftrax Centre near Laggan, less than 10 miles from the village, is now a major UK attraction.