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Ruthven Barracks

| Kingussie, Newtonmore, Scotland
+44 131 668 8600
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playing chess with the Devil

The impressive and nicely proportioned mound on which Ruthven Barracks stands is said to be a... read more

Reviewed 21 November 2017
Banchory, United Kingdom
Well maintained historical monument

Stopped for a pit stop in the car park area - very quiet so was able to get the motorhome in a... read more

Reviewed 29 October 2017
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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| Kingussie, Newtonmore, Scotland
+44 131 668 8600
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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
Reviewed 29 October 2017

Stopped for a pit stop in the car park area - very quiet so was able to get the motorhome in a space. A trip up to the barracks via the pathway. Well maintained, preserved and an interesting find. Very informative. Took about 30minutes

Thank Foodfriend100
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

Quite an imposing building. Very dramatically set out up on the hill. Once inside you can get a real feel for the starkness of the place.

Thank AlanG1967
Reviewed 1 October 2017

A well maintained monument to important history. The barracks can be seen from miles around. No surprise they were situated there.

Thank petratucker
Reviewed 29 September 2017

Whilst staying in nearby Aviemore we took a drive out (in the TVR) to the ruins of the Ruthven Barracks, a defensible garrison dating back to 1721 built to help police the highlands. Located atop a grassy hill these barracks (that are castle like) which...More

Thank Roberts69
Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

Ruthven barracks was well worth the detour, brilliant ruined shells really well preserved, nothing at the site just free to roam with parking across the road.

Thank Fiona F
Reviewed 20 September 2017

I have driven past and seen this place from the A9 lots of times but never actually visited until today. It is about 5 minutes drive off the main road and has a small car park. The site is unmanned but there are plenty of...More

Thank MarcusHurley
Reviewed 15 September 2017

We hiked here from Newtonmore one morning - the view when approaching the barracks was just as picturesque as the view from within. You're on your own here - no guides - but there is signage to document the barracks' history, and the quiet atmosphere...More

Thank LindaLeeG
Reviewed 28 August 2017

Definitely worth a visit if you're ever passing on the A9. Very picturesque ruin and gives you good information about its uses during the Jacobite rebellion. And it's free to look around.

Thank Steven N
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

Wow! One could really feel the atmosphere here. The sun was setting and we were the only people there. Very atmospheric!

Thank EdwardSalmon
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Victoria C
10 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