Badenoch and Strathspey was a district council area which existed from 1975 to 1996. It was one of eight district councils that delivered a range of local level services within the wider area of Highland Region, which over this period was one of the 12 regions into which Scotland was divided.
Badenoch and Strathspey was formed by merging the Newtonmore, Kingussie and Aviemore areas of the traditional county of Inverness-shire with the Grantown on Spey area of the County of Moray. Its neighbours were the districts of Lochaber, Inverness and Nairn in Highland Region; the districts of Moray and Kincardine & Deeside in Grampian Region; and the district of Perth & Kinross in Tayside Region.
When regions and districts disappeared from the scene in the 1996 reorganisation, the area of Badenoch and Strathspey became part of the unitary council area of Highland. Initially Highland Council divided its coverage into eight management areas that were based on the eight districts, and Badenoch and Strathspey formed one of them.
Since 2007, Highland Council has divided up its area rather differently into three operational areas. For the council's purposes, the area previously within Badenoch and Strathspey District now forms a part of the "Inverness, Nairn, and Badenoch & Strathspey" operational area.