Newtonmore (Scottish Gaelic: Baile Ùr an t-Sléibh [ˈpˠalʲ uːɾˠ ən̪ˠ ˈt̪ʰlʲeːv]) is a village in the Highland council area of Scotland. The village is only a few miles from a location that is claimed to be the exact geographical centre of Scotland.

Newtonmore
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Main Street, Newtonmore. In the distance are the Monadhliath mountains.
Newtonmore is located in Badenoch and Strathspey
Newtonmore
Newtonmore
Location within the Badenoch and Strathspey area
Population1,120 (mid-2020 est.)[1]
OS grid referenceNN715995
• Edinburgh85 mi (137 km)
• London416 mi (669 km)
Council area
CountryScotland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNEWTONMORE
Postcode districtPH20
Dialling code01540
PoliceScotland
FireScottish
AmbulanceScottish
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57°04′09″N 4°07′08″W / 57.0692°N 4.1188°W / 57.0692; -4.1188Coordinates: 57°04′09″N 4°07′08″W / 57.0692°N 4.1188°W / 57.0692; -4.1188

ActivitiesEdit

  • Shinty - The town is renowned for having a shinty team, Newtonmore Camanachd Club, which plays at The Eilan next to the River Calder.
  • Walking - Newtonmore calls itself the "Walking Centre of Scotland", referring both to its geographical location and to the great walking opportunities locally, like the Wildcat Trail. An extension to the Speyside Way could soon add Newtonmore to a Long Distance Route and it will become the new end to this trail.
  • Golf - Newtonmore has a golf course on the banks of the Spey.
  • Bowling - The club is open to visitors. It has regular competitions with other clubs in Badenoch and Strathspey and with clubs from Perthshire and Aberdeenshire.
  • Mountain Biking - Manytrails in the local forests and tracks on the surrounding hills.
  • Fishing - Both the Rivers Spey and Calder run through Newtonmore making it a popular spot.
  • Shooting
  • Outdoor Activities - being situated almost in the centre of Scotland, and so close to Aviemore & Cairngorm Mountain makes Newtonmore extremely popular for Outdoor Activities. With local providers offering things like canyoning, white water rafting, rock climbing & abseiling.
 
The River Calder

TourismEdit

 
The historic Newtonmore curling rink, now part of the Highland Folk Museum

The village is home to The Wildcat Experience - a visitor attraction specially aimed at families with children. The attraction is based on a community arts project - everyone in the village had the chance to be involved.

Newtonmore is the site of the Highland Folk Museum.

Newtonmore was one of the locations used in the filming of Monarch of the Glen and is in Monarch Country.

TransportEdit

The town has been bypassed by the A9 since 1979.

Newtonmore railway station is managed by ScotRail and is on the Highland Main Line.

Notable people from NewtonmoreEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mid-2020 Population Estimates for Settlements and Localities in Scotland". National Records of Scotland. 31 March 2022. Retrieved 31 March 2022.