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Insh is located in Badenoch and Strathspey
Insh shown within the Badenoch and Strathspey area
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Coordinates: 57°05′28″N 3°57′20″W / 57.091187°N 3.955551°W / 57.091187; -3.955551

Insh (Scottish Gaelic: Am Baile Ùr) is a village that lies on the east coast of the Insh Marshes, four miles east of Kingussie, in the valley of the River Spey, in Badenoch and Strathspey, Inverness-shire, Scottish Highlands and is in the Scottish council area of Highland.


It is located on the back road from Kingussie to Kincraig and Aviemore at the other side of the valley from the New A9.

Insh is probably best known as the location of the RSPB Insh Marshes Wildlife Reserve. It is close to Loch Insh where it is possible to take part in various watersports from Winsurfing to Sailing. There are lovely walks in the woods around Insh too.

Insh no longer has a school but does retain a small church. It is also supposed to be the location of one of the oldest Inn's in the area, now in ruins.

Not far along the road towards Ruthven Barracks Ruthven Barracks is the small privately owned Speyside Distillery.


  • Golf
  • Walking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Watersports
  • Horse Riding and Pony Trekking: The popular outdoor sport of Pony Trekking was credited with being started in Badenoch at nearby Newtonmore in 1952 by Ewan Ormiston, it is still possible to ride in Newtonmore with his grandson Ruaridh at the Newtonmore Riding Centre. Ormiston Highlands
  • Fishing
  • Shooting
  • Cross-country skiing: in adjacent Inshriach Forest along a network of conifer-lined tracks. A forest track which begins at the north-east end of the village climbs up Craig Farleitre and can provide excellent skiing. Another leads toward Drumguish along an undulating route. A local club, Highland Nordic, occasionally organise ski races in the forest.

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