Come for a real sense of Highland freedom, and fun – you’ll hear birdsong, the wind in the trees and the odd clunk of club on golf ball; you look out beyond Newtownmore golf course on a mountainous Cairngorm landscape to be walked, cycled, or simply contemplated.
Kindly housekeeper Fiona Gard knows the quirky history of the house first-hand and sees to anything you might need. You can stroll into town to shop, for a coffee, a game of tennis, a curry even. The Highland Folk Museum is fascinating and Macphersons particularly should head for their Clan Museum.
If you’re a whisky buff head to Scotland’s highest distillery, Dalwhinnie – a 10-mile drive. On the way you can visit the ruins of Ruthven Barracks in Kingussie and see polar bears at the Highland Wildlife Park. Return to a big garden with a fire pit for barbecues, and a mysterious statue of a wild cat called Maximillius – part of the Newtownmore wild cat trail (there are dozens of them dotted about the village for visitors to find).