Newtonmore has been a popular tourist destination since the late 19th century and has survived as such despite the many ups and downs of the industry. Having initially suffered owing to the construction of the main A9 trunk road which bypassed the village, there is no doubt in the 21st century Newtonmore is enjoying a new lease of life as an increasingly popular place from which to explore the Cairngorms and the Monadhliath hills.
Newtonmore has an active and vibrant local community, as illustrated by the excellent village website at http://www.newtonmore.com. There are numerous cafes/bars, a well stocked grocery shop, post office and cash point. Two major tourist attractions are within easy reach, the Highland Folk Museum, http://www.highlandfolk.com just a short walk away, and the Highland WildlifePark, http://www.highlandwildlifepark.org about seven miles to the north. Around the village are 110 lifesize wildcat models to find. These make up the Wildcat experience and great great fun for kids - and grown up kids.
The National Cycle Network passes through the village, as does the East Highland Way long distance footpath. Newtonmore is also a popular staging post with cyclists and walkers attempting Land's End to John o' Groats.
Being just 15 miles from Aviemore gives easy access to a comprehensive range of outdoor activities for all ages (see "activities" page). We are also equidistant from Fort William and Inverness (45 miles), about two hours by car from Aberdeen, and two to three hours from Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Newtonmore is on the main railway line to Inverness and the north and Scottish Citylink coaches also stop here in addition to the regular Stagecoach service.
The increasing popularity of the sport of Mountain biking has been a major influence on the area. In particular the Wolftrax centre near Laggan, less than 10 miles from the village, is now a major UK attraction.
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