Etteridge of Ruthven along the Old Military Road

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Follow in the footsteps of the Georgian military machine as it occupied the Highlands on newly-constructed military roads. Soldiers walked the length of the country to arrive at Ruthven Barracks, which now stands as an imposing ruin overlooking the River Spey. This is an easier walk, suitable for a wet day with a strong tail wind!

Either park in a lay-by on the A9 or (better) get dropped off by car or service bus at the entrance to Etteridge Farm. Walk up to the farm and turn left to join the old road. The route is consistently straight ahead in a north-easterly direction, with few points at which the walker might stray.

When reaching the A9 again, walkers can either cross the carriageway and stick to the original route, which recrosses at an underpass or (more pleasantly and safely) follow the walk instructions here up the embankment and along a short section of lane to the underpass. Beyond the underpass the lane heads for Ruthven, where there is parking. Alternatively, at the end, turn left and head for a mile into Kingussie.

Scotland - Highlands and Islands - Highland - Badenoch


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Castle, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Lake/Loch, Moor, Mostly Flat, Public Transport, Wildlife, Woodland

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