Within a short drive of Ardlogie Guest House, Aviemore you can soak up the deep-rooted history of this wonderful land and its people.
At Grantown on Spey, visit the Grantown museum and learn about the towns history and the history of the Grants. At nearby Nethy Bridge are the ruins of Castle Roy, one of the oldest surviving castle ruins in Scotland
Get to know how the Highlander lived in times gone by at the excellent Highland Folk Museum, and learn all about the Clan MacPherson at their museum, both located in Newtonmore. There’s also the superb Ruthven Barracks just outside Kingussie, built by General Wade after the 1715 uprising to control the rebellious Scots.
Another historical site worth a visit is Culloden, on the outskirts of Inverness (40 minute drive away). This is the site of the last hand to hand battle fought on British soil. A short lived but very bloody battle that changed the course of history. The site has become a place of pilgimage for many people from Scotland and further afield. Close by it’s also worth a visit to the well-preserved Bronze Age burial site at Clava Cairns.
And don’t forget Aviemore’s own stone circle and ring cairn – http://www.stravaiging.com/history/ancient/site/aviemore
Around an hour from Ardlogie, up the Spey Valley is Ballindalloch Castle. This is a stunning building with equally impressive gardens that is both home of the only Lady Laird in Scotland and a working estate rather than a museum piece.
Head over the Cairngorms through the Glenlivet Estate towards Tomintoul and a littkle further on is the 16th century Corgarf Castle with it’s recreated barrack rooms.
Just south east of Inverness there’s the renowned Cawdor Castle. Again well worth a visit with attractive gardens and a possible Shakespearean connection in his play, Macbeth !
On the shores of Loch Ness you’ll find Urquhart Castle, also with an excellent Visitor Centre. nearby is the village of Drumnadrochit which has a couple of exhibition centres dedicated to ‘Nessie’.
About 45 minutes south of Ardlogie you’ll find Blair Castle, another superb building & home to the Earl of Atholl, the only man in Britain allowed to maintain a private army. Drive a bit further south and you will reach the Pass of Killiecrankie, the site of a famous battle in 1689 and of some excellent walks nowadays.