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Places of interest in Newtonmore, PH20
Nestling above the flood plain of the River Spey, in Britain's largest National Park - The Cairngorms, with a backdrop of the Monadhliath Mountains, Newtonmore is surrounded by woodland. Larch, Pine, Birch and Alder predominate, creating a glorious tapestry of colour as the leaves turn in Autumn. Newtonmore's 'Wildcat Trail' is a 10km orbital walk around the edge of the village, taking in the River Spey and its tributary, the Calder - rivers of very different character - woodland and moorland, together with wonderful views across the strath to the Cairngorms and behind the village to the Monadhliath mountains - a fitting introduction to the delights of the National Park. As you wander around and about the village, you may find that some sights are strangely familiar - for anyone who has watched the hit BBC TV series Monarch of the Glen on a Sunday evening, many locations in Newtonmore have been seen as part of Glen Bogle - and the castle itself is actually at Ardverikie, on Loch Laggan side, just sixteen miles away.
Other sports include the rugby union team Stirling County and the athletics team Central Athletic Club based at University of Stirling. Stirling Wanderers Hockey Club have also moved to a brand new (international standard) pitch at Forthbank for season 2008/09. Next to this pitch there is also the ground of Stirling County Cricket Club, whose pavilion captured an architectural award in June 2009, three years after its opening.
The area contains most necessary amenities, including a library, bank and local shops. It is served by Bannockburn Primary School, in the centre of the community, and Bannockburn High School in nearby Broomridge. Several new private housing schemes have been built in and around Bannockburn since the 1990s, increasing pressure on the already-overcrowded high school. As a result of this, Bannockburn High School has, in 2007 and 2008, been extended to provide additional capacity.
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Pumpherston Print, "West Lothian's Community Printshop", was setup by Gil Gillies in 2007. It is a community printshop and shares its profits with various local charities.
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