Tomintoul is the highest village in the Scottish Highlands at 1170 feet (356m) and is located on the Crown Estate of Glenlivet. Planned and built in 1776 by the 4th Duke of Gordon, Tomintoul is located in the beautiful Cairngorm National Park and is ideal for a rural retreat. Enjoy spectacular countryside, wildlife watching and the tranquility of wide open spaces.
Loved by Locals
Aberlour is situated beside the River Spey, has excellent shops, pubs and is home to Walkers Shortbread. The village is surrounded by spectacular scenery and has great history. In August, the Aberlour Highland Games takes place with massed Pipe Bands, and Highland dancing.
Speyside Whisky Trail
Visit the distilleries dotted along Speyside and see how history shaped the whisky industry. The trail includes, Glen Moray, Speyside Cooperage, The Glenlivet, Strathisla, Glen Grant, Dallas Dhu Historic Distillery, Benromach, and Cardhu. Many of which are open all year round.
Deer Stalking in the Cairngorms
The area around Tomintoul is renowned for the number and quality of deer. Professional guides accompany stalkers for roe-buck and red stags up to medal class, or doe and hind. A mixture of wooded and hill terrain serves to provide excellent and challenging sport.
The Secret College at Scalan
Scalan is a beautiful spot to enjoy a summers evening or picnic at the foot of the Ladder Hills.
Catholic Bishops established a secret college here for priests in the 18th century. They chose this remote spot at the foot of the Ladder Hills to avoid persecution by Hanoverian soldiers.
The Lecht Ski Centre
The Lecht Ski Centre is a great destination for skiiers and snowboarders of all abilities during the winter months. The secret is to stay on the north side of the pass (Tomintoul side) as the road is usually cleared first after a blizzard, whilst the Cockbridge side of the pass is still snowed in.
Ballindalloch Castle Golf Course
Ballindalloch Castle Golf Course is in a parkland setting close to the River Spey. Among 150 year old trees, the course has nine championship quality greens and 18 tees with a par of 72, making it a challenging prospect.
Moray Firth Dolphins
All along the coast from Inverness to Banff you can spot a group of the Moray Firth's colony of bottlenose dolphins. The best places to see the dolphins are the Spey Bay Wildlife centre and off Cromarty or Fort George. A boat trip with Moray Firth Boat Charter is a great way to see the dolphins.
Winter White Wildlife
Both Mountain Hare and Ptarmigan can be spotted in their winter white on the easily accessible Ben Rinnes from December to mid March. Every year these two iconic Scottish species change their coats and plumage to pure white to better camouflage themselves from predators in the snow.
Salmon Fishing at Knockando
The River Spey is one of Scotland’s most prolific salmon and sea trout fisheries. Knockando is one of the local estates that offer day and weekly permits to fish on the river. Fishing permits are also available from local angling clubs. The season runs from 10 Feb to 30 September.
The Red Deer Rut
The Red Deer Rut takes place during the autumn. During the rut Master stags compete for the right to mate with the hinds. Between 100 and 200 Red Deer can be seen rutting in the secluded glen between the Suie and Kymah burns from mid September to mid October.
This beautifully restored castle with its star shaped ramparts is set amid spectacular scenery. It played a prominent part in the Jacobite Risings of 1715 and 1745. Its last military use was to house the English Redcoats who had the unpopular task of combating whisky smuggling in the area.
Loch Garten Ospreys
Superb forest hide provided by the RSPB for viewing the nesting Ospreys at Loch Garten during spring and summer. Telescopes, binoculars and CCTV are all available. Helpful guides are on hand to explain what is happening. Capercaillie can also be seen by early visitors in April and May.
Speysideway Long Distance Walk
The Speyside Way is a wonderful long distance walk from Buckie to Aviemore. There is an optional spur to Tomintoul which gives magnificent views over the Cairngorm mountains and you cannot fail to be impressed by the fantastic landscape in this whisky distilling region of North East Scotland.