Stage 6: Kingussie to Kincraig — East Highland Way
Alex Langfield planned a hike.
March 1, 2021
The penultimate stage visits the historic Ruthven Barracks, before joining the Badenoch Way and following it through the vibrant Insh Marshes, one of Europe’s most important wetland sites. The stage ends just beyond Loch Insh at the popular village of Kincraig. There are stirring views east, towards mighty Sgor Gaoith and the Cairngorm Plateau.
From Kingussie, you pick up the Jubilee Walk trail to Ruthven Barracks, a historic site left in ruin by retreating Jacobites after the Battle of Culloden in 1746. Beyond the barracks, the Way follows the Badenoch Way to Insh Marshes Nature Reserve. A modern bird hide offers the opportunity to look out across this wonderful wetland, while interpretation boards enable you to identify the wildlife on display.
The Way passes through pockets of woodland and crosses the River Tromie via a charming single span bridge. You continue on good forest tracks, through the hamlet of Drumguish and on towards the village of Insh. After periods of rainfall, the going can be boggy here. When the heather is at its most vibrant in autumn it is a beautiful stretch, with gorgeous views of the Cairngorms, as they grow ever larger to the east.
After the village of Insh, you ramble through Inshriach Forest on solid tracks, ascending gradually to the stage’s high point at around 1,100 feet (335 m), before descending to Loch Insh. Follow the banks of the loch, cross the River Spey and arrive at the stage’s end point of Kincraig village.
Kincraig has plenty of choice regarding accommodation, while there are plenty of places to eat and drink in the village and around Loch Insh.
March 15, 2021