- Kingussie Latitude: 57.081409 Longitude: -4.054468
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Kingussie is the capital of the Badenoch area of Speyside. A guidebook of some 50 years ago insists that, because of the great pine woods in the vicinity, 'the air of the place is highly beneficial to sufferers of chest complaints Certainly, standing at 750 ft above sea level, between the Monadhliath Mountains and the Cairngorms, Kingussie exudes a feeling of exhilaration.
Before the advent of the railway, the town was the centre of a busy spinning and weaving industry which lasted for a few decades. But when the railway opened in 1880, the town became the centre for the Highland shooting season and saw the building of large Victorian houses, many of which survive today.
Ancient history abounds in the area, with the Old Church of Kingussie, chapels and a monastery, and, older still, stone circles and cairns.
Dominating the eastern skyline arc the old Barracks of Ruthven built in I 7 I 6 to keep the Highlanders in check.
After the defeat of the jacobites in 1746 at Culloden, the remnants of Prince Charlie's forces gathered here hoping he might take the field again; but when they realized the cause was hopeless, they blew up the buildings. What remains is more than impressive.
In Kingussie is the Highland Folk Museum, founded in I935 in a pioneering attempt to preserve much of the fast-disappearing artefacts associated with Highland outdoor and domestic life. In the grounds of Pitrnain Lodge, the main museum facility, there are realistic replicas of an old Highland 'black house', a clack mill run by water and a turf house.