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Ruthven Barracks

| Kingussie, Newtonmore, Scotland
+44 131 668 8600
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Quick Visit during 2 day stay

Read about this when researching where to visit during my 2 day stay in the Cairngorms and glad I... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Helenjane94
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
Interesting ruins

This isn't a long stop--maybe 30 minutes, but it's easy to park and it's free, so why not visit... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
ellenmac
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California
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| Kingussie, Newtonmore, Scotland
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"information boards"
in 17 reviews
"historic scotland"
in 7 reviews
"jacobite uprising"
in 4 reviews
"a small car park"
in 3 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 10 reviews
"great place for a picnic"
in 2 reviews
"lit up at night"
in 3 reviews
"surrounding countryside"
in 3 reviews
"minute stop"
in 2 reviews
"scottish history"
in 4 reviews
"bonnie prince charlie"
in 2 reviews
"interesting piece of history"
in 2 reviews
"free entry"
in 6 reviews
"well worth the effort"
in 2 reviews
"free attraction"
in 5 reviews
"pleasant walk"
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"ruins"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Read about this when researching where to visit during my 2 day stay in the Cairngorms and glad I called in. Excellent views and a piece of history. It is not a very popular tourist location I noticed as I had the whole place to...More

Thank Helenjane94
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This isn't a long stop--maybe 30 minutes, but it's easy to park and it's free, so why not visit? The ruins themselves are pretty neat and they feature signs that explain what certain areas are, who used them, etc. You also get a nice view...More

Thank ellenmac
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

When I was little I thought this was where WW2 was fought. It wasn’t but it does have an interesting history. It’s a place which is always passed when driving the A9 but rarely stop but I finally went for a visit. A few small...More

Thank Kirsty F
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Situated on a hill covering the main road to the Highlands and built after the 1715 rebellion to act as a base for troops policing the area. Free entry and easy to park on the main road,or walk over from Kingussie. Lots of information panels...More

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Reviewed 10 March 2018

You can see it from the A9. But to see it up close is just even better. Nicely laid out and you can have a look in side. Panels explain what is what. Entry is Free which is great and it is well maintained. A...More

Thank 2nstra
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

Have passed this place over the years but this was the first time we stopped to visit. It was a beautiful, clear and very cold day and we had the place to ourselves. The views all around are stunning and it was fun to look...More

Thank NorthernHeatseeker
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

There may not be very much to see at this fort compared to others of its kind, but if you are interested in the Jacobites and the last rising, go here! It makes you appricate how far the surviving Jacobites had to travel after fightig...More

Thank Ida B
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Reviewed 28 February 2018

The Barracks are approximately one mile from Kingussie making it a pleasant walk along country roads - no pavements so take care! The barracks are remarkably well-preserved considering that they date from the early 1700s and were burned down in 1746. Lovely highland ponies in...More

Thank CAH1949
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Reviewed 29 January 2018 via mobile

I was traveling from Dundee to Starthpeffer, when I decided to visit the Barracks. This was my second visit to the site. The Barracks are situated about a mile outside Kingussie. This is a "free" site for Historic Scotland, which is unbelievable! I have visited...More

Thank Donald M
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Reviewed 21 November 2017

The impressive and nicely proportioned mound on which Ruthven Barracks stands is said to be a natural leftover of the retreat of the glaciers at the end of the last ice age. The first recorded castle to be built here appeared in 1229. By 1371...More

Thank Gregorio_7506
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Victoria C
9 January 2018|
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Response from anniebS8690OY | Reviewed this property |
Yes the barracks are not a closed area, they are maintained ruins. There is no one there looking after them and you can just look around freely yourself. Car park nearby looking across the Inshes and to the barracks. There... More
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