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Badenoch & Strathspey: Ruthven Barracks, Highland Folk Museum, and more!

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This is a private customisable tour biased towards art and culture.

We will go from your departure point to Newtonmore, first stop the Highland Folk Museum. Here you will experience how the people of the Highlands lived and worked between the 1700s and 1950s. This attraction gives you an insight into the past and how environment influenced our culture.

Next is the Ruthven Barracks. These ruins played a significant part in the Jacobite risings against the Union Government between 1715 and 1745. You will wander through the remains of the barracks and imagine what it must have been like to be a soldier here.

The next stop is at the Frank Bruce Sculptural Trail. You will walk for one mile along an easy path stopping at each of the eleven thought provoking sculptures. Mainly made from wood, they were designed to decay back to nature over time.

Final stop is the Old Packhorse Bridge in Carrbridge. Built in 1717, it stands as a testament to the engineering prowess of our ancestors.

What You'll Get

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Stop At: Highland Folk Museum, Aultlarie Croft Kingussie Road, Newtonmore PH20 1AY Scotland

The Highland Folk Museum provides visitors with an insight into how Highland people lived and worked from the 1700s right up to the 1950s. The Open Air Museum has more than 30 appropriately furnished historical buildings. There is a a café, gift shop, and children’s playground. Admission is free however donations are gratefully accepted.

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Ruthven Barracks, Kingussie, Newtonmore Scotland

The Ruthven Barracks were built by King George II’s government between 1719 and 1721 following the Jacobite rising of 1715. They were built to police the area and enforce the Disarming Act of 1716.
During the rising of 1745, 300 Jacobites besieged the barracks, but were prevented from taking the strategically important site by just 12 Government troops, one of which lost his life when looking over the parapet.
In February 1746 the Jacobites returned with heavy guns and soon forced the garrison to surrender. Then in April 1746 the Jacobites were defeated at the Battle of Culloden. The retreating soldiers regrouped at the barracks to await their orders from the Bonnie Prince Charlie. On April 20th, they received word which read ‘Let every man seek his own safety in the best way he can’. The Jacobites destroyed the barracks to prevent them from being used again.
Ruthven Barracks are open all year round and are free to visit.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Frank Bruce Sculpture Trail, Kincraig Scotland

Frank Bruce was a self-taught sculptor from a village in Aberdeenshire who died in 2009. This woodland walk is the only one of its type in the Cairngorm National Park, and his carvings explore aspects of Scottish culture and our relationship with others.These sculptures, primarily made out of wood, are designed to decay over time and return back to nature. The trail is just over a mile long over easy, well maintained paths, but as this is Scotland, comfortable walking shoes and a raincoat or umbrella are recommended. Admission is free.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: The Old Packhorse Bridge, B9153 Centre of the village, access from the village parking, Carrbridge, Aviemore Scotland

The Old Packhorse Bridge was built in 1717 and as such, celebrated its 300th anniversary in 2017. It is a testament to the engineers and builders that created it, that it has stood up to many floods over the years without collapsing. The bridge was originally built in order to allow funeral processions to access the Duthil Church when the river was in spate, and as a result the locals refer to it as "the coffin bridge".

Duration: 15 minutes

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Private transportation

  • Lunch

Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up at hotels, airports, railway stations, B&Bs, holiday accommodation, residential accommodation etc.


  • Inverness Airport, Inverness Scotland


  • Invergordon

Departure Time
9:00 AM

7 hours 30 minutes

Voucher Info
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

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The Fine Print

14-day cancellation rights do not apply; no refunds or exchanges permitted. Voucher valid only for date and time listed; may not be exchanged or redeemed for other dates. Purchaser name and phone number must be provided at checkout; this information will be shared with Viator and the tour operator for purposes of order fulfillment. Groupon promo codes may not be used for this offer. Groupon voucher Terms of Sale do not apply. See the tour operator's terms and conditions for this offer here.