Balgowan Cottage attractions

Plenty to see & do...

The Cairngorms National Park

With its mountains, pine-clad slopes, remote lochs and wide river valleys, the Cairngorms National Park is the largest National Park in Britain. It has much of the ancient Caledonian Forest and the high mountains, tundra, rocky passes, moorland and lochs host a huge variety of wildlife, including the Golden Eagle and Osprey.

The Park has attractions for visitors throughout the year, ranging from attractive towns and villages along the river valleys to walking, watersports, golf, mountain biking, climbing and skiing.


Balgowan is a tiny hamlet in the Spey valley between the Cairngorm and Monadhliath  mountain ranges. It is 1 mile for Laggan and 7 miles from Newtonmore, where there is a variety of shops and restaurants.


Both Newtonmore and Kingussie (9 miles away) have 18 hole golf courses, and there are many other golf courses within an hour's drive.

Mountain Biking

The recently built Wolftrak at Laggan is two miles away and has routes for cyclists of all area and abilities.


The inland beach at Loch Morlich is approximately 40 minutes drive away, with the stunning backdrop of the Caedonian Pine Forest.


There are opportunities for sailing, canoeing, white water rafting and sailing on Loch Morlich, Loch Insh and local rivers.

Adventure Park

The Landmark Forest Adventure Playground - 30 miles away at Carrbridge – has a wealth of attractions for the whole family, including a watercoaster, skydive, treetoptrails and minicars.

The Highland Wildlife Park

This Park is 10 miles away, where you can see animals ranging from the polar bear, lynx and amur tiger to the wolf, yak and bison. You can see the animals both in the drive round area  and on foot.

Other Attractions

Visit the Highland Folk Museum and the Clan Macpherson Museum in Newtonmore, or try the Whisky Trail along the Spey Valley.