The Cairngorms is the biggest National Park in the United Kingdom and the furthest north. There are many special habitats in the Park, including pine forests, heather moorlands and wetlands. Renowned for being one of the highest villages in the Highlands, Tomintoul sits at 1,165 ft above sea level on the northern slopes. From here, you will find an abundance of routes for walkers, varied from wild moors to serene valleys.

Walks on the doorstep including the Bridge of Avon Link and Tomintoul Circular Walk. Venture through woodland and farmland to the Old Bridge of Avon and observe the wader birds in spring. This Tomintoul Trails leaflet gives you details on 6 local walks including maps and information about the area.

If you wish to explore a little further though the ancient Caledonian pinewoods, visit Walk Highlands for popular routes.

Wildlife you may see walking in the Cairngorms National Park:

Red squirrel

  • Orange/red fur

  • Large bushy tails 

  • Favourite food: pine nuts

Scottish wild cat

  • Brown fur

  • Thick black tail

  • Favourite food: rabbits, hares, birds, voles


  • Large woodland bird

  • Sound like a popping cork

  • Favourite food: berries, shoots