Ruthven Barracks

[Ruthven Barracks]

You can't fail to notice these imposing ruins as you drive past on the A9 near Kingussie - unless your eyes are glued to the speedometer thanks to those controversial average speed cameras. Ruthven Barracks have been abandoned since 1746, but the history of the site goes back a further half-century (or several thousand years if you count the mound's original shaping by glacier ice). There's plenty still to see here and it's certainly worth a stopoff on a long journey north / south. For a more detailed history, you should probably look elsewhere on the internet... Actually, the barracks weren't quite abandoned on our first visit. The grassy slopes in the first picture were home to a couple of stoats complete with lovely white, winter coats, unfortunately sticking out massively in the snowless landscape.

[One of the twin barrack blocks]

Name: Ruthven Barracks ☆☆☆
Location: Minor road a mile south-east of Kingussie, G.R.: NN 765997 / unroll driftwood ruins
Open: Always
Cost: Free

[View over the Insh Marshes and Cairngorms from the mound which the barracks occupy (February 2015)]

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