Ruthven Barracks
Ruthven Barracks
4.5

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ClanFraserTravels
Aberdeen, UK184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
After watching actor David Haymans series on interesting places in Scotland we decided to visit Rathven Barracks.
We have passed by it many times when travelling on the A9 but never detoured off to actually go and see it.
This trip was bolted onto a visit to Fortingall to visit the Yew tree which was also on the programme.
It is located close to the attractions car park and accessible after a short walk.
Reading the barracks history it was fascinating to learn that it was connected to the 1715 and 1745 rebellions . It is just steeped in the History from that period .
It does not take long to go round the ruins but very atmospheric in its rugged setting.
Written 10 February 2022
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Grannysmith38
UK14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Ruthven Barracks, perched on a castle mound outside Newtonmore in the Highlands. Superb location, stunning views of the surrounding area and well signed with descriptions and artists impression of life in the barracks. Nice way to spend a windy hour in Scotland.
Written 12 February 2024
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taryn k
San Diego, CA144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
We were exploring the area and wound up being too late to get into a couple of the other attractions on our list, so we stopped here. Very glad we did, it was a nice surprise. There's a car park at the bottom of the hill and you can just walk into the Barracks and wonder around at your leisure. It's an interesting ruin with beautiful views.
Written 30 April 2020
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MelroseMunchkin
Melrose, UK500 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We have been thrashing past this historic site on the A9 for years and when we finally stopped to visit we were not disappointed. Very atmospheric in an amazing setting. Well looked after and easy to access although via a steep short climb. Free to visit, small car park along side and interesting info on various boards. Very pleased we made the time to stop at last.
Written 21 September 2022
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Pickinmypocket
Glasgow, UK52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
A remarkable remnant of the policing of the Highlands in the 18th century, the barracks are stark and stunning. A simple ruin with no charge, toilets or visitor centre, but with a wonderful location and views. Enormously evocative and well worth the short detour from the main road if history's an interest.
Written 14 October 2022
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chrisv5101
Bristol, UK221 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Noticable from the train when approaching or leaving Kingussie the barracks are worth a visit.
There is not a great deal to see but you get an impression of garrison life in the mid 18th century.Cold ,wet,tedious and not a posting you would volunteer for.The Romans posted to Hadrians wall would probably sympathise with the English garrison.Free to visit and a not unpleasant walk from Kingussie train station.
Written 17 August 2021
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Alan W
Portree, UK218 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
We visited the barracks as we had seen them many times from the road, so this was great to get to them and see them up close. A really short walk from the small car park up the hill and you’re right there. The barracks are quite large, but not as large as they seem from the road. Really interesting wander round, then had lunch at the little benches with a great view of them. Really recommend the visit.
Written 2 August 2020
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Kay S
United Kingdom39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
After having seen this many times when passing on the main road we decided to take a trip to see it up close. Small Car Park and a short walk takes you to the Barracks. This has been well preserved over the years and a great part of History. I would recommend a visit if you are in the area
Written 31 August 2020
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Trotter49
Bolton, UK152 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Friends
A landmark from the A9 atop a large hillock on the River Spey floodplain just outside Kingussie.(Tastefully illuminated at night.) Very interesting ruined buildings off General Wades Road that extended across the Highlands. Now overseen by Historic Scotland, a Barracks block and adjacent stables, where English Soldiers were based to patrol the Badenoch area in the time before Scotland and England were United! There is a small parking area, the Barracks are accessible through a gate and a steep incline, however once at the ruins it flattens out, then it is plain to see why it was built there(and wooden structures before it) Views up and down the valley and the surrounding hills. Well worth a visit. There are numerous plaques and illustrations within to show how the soldiers lived during their time there.
There are numerous places of refreshment available in nearby Kingussie.
Written 5 August 2014
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Albia-Newton
Evanton, UK4,692 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Couples
Part of the English military machine that was the response to the 15 and 45 Jacobite uprisings

The place has a sense of history and is plaintively inspiring
Written 19 September 2020
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