Exploring the Cairngorms and Glenlivet Estate

Whether you are looking to delve into the the areas rich history, explore the dramatic and beautiful surroundings or try out some sporting activities. Here are just a few ways to spend your days while staying here with us.

If you need any additional information or ideas we are always available, just pop in to Reception or get in touch with any questions.

Nature

Just outside the village, a five-minute walk from the campsite, you can find the Tomintoul Bird Hide and our Dark Sky Discovery Site Local residents to look out for include eagles, wildcats and otters. You don't have to go far, just exploring our campsite and the woodlands surrounding it you may even see a red squirrel or red deer! Further afield the estate is home to a diverse range of habitats to explore, for example, Ailnack Gorge. Please remember to always respect this majestic landscape and its inhabitants. More information and guidance can be found here.

History

Head down to the brand new Tomintoul Discovery Centre to discover the village's cultural heritage. This is an area rich in history and there is a multitude of castles and ruins to explore. Why not head along to Drumin Castle, Old Packhorse Bridge , Blairfindy Castle, or the Hidden College of Scalan. Even on short walks from the village to the surrounding fields and woodlands, you can find ruins and mystery, just look out for the 'Hidden Histories' signposts.

Whisky

During the 1800s as many as 200 illicit stills were at work in the Livet glen! Nowadays the area is famous for its fine - and legal - Speyside Whisky and many of the distilleries offer tours for visitors. Tomintoul has its very own distillery and it is also worth a visit to the Glenlivet,  Ballindalloch, Aberlour and Tamnavulin distilleries. This is by no means an exhaustive list, visitors will soon see that just about everywhere you go there is another distillery! Please do book ahead if you are planning a tour so that you are not disappointed. The famous Whisky Castle in the village has over 600 single malts to choose from, the largest selection in the world! So whisky loving campers are sure to find the perfect fireside tipple. Find out more about local whisky here.

Food and Drink

Even in such a remote and peaceful location, restaurants and cosy pubs are a mere stroll away! In the village square, you can find the local pubs the Glen Avon and the Richmond Arms, both serving great food and drinks and, of course, whisky! For a fine dining experience, The Clock House restaurant offers locally sourced contemporary cuisine. Those looking to cook up a storm in their cabin or on their barbecue can find all the tasty produce and supplies they need in the village shop, also located in the square.

Cycling

With so many paths and trails, cycling is an ideal way to explore Glenlivet. Have a look at some of the great routes available here. Mountain bikers will love to explore the old military and forestry roads and of course, the Glenlivet bike trails. Discover more about local mountain biking here.

Walking

Many fantastic trails start from right here in the village. Those looking for a shorter stroll can try the Tomintoul circular path to find . Those looking to go a bit further can link up with the Speyside way. There is a wealth of well maintained and signposted tracks stretching throughout the estate to explore. Have a look here for some more ideas! 

If you have exhausted the walks around Tomintoul why not try scaling one of the local peaks, there's plenty, our recommendation would be the famous Ben Rinnes. More information, route maps and advice can be found here.

Skiing

We are ideally located only 10 minutes away from the Lecht Ski Centre, and only 1 hour away from Glenshee Ski Centre, with Scotland's largest area of runs - see here for more information. Cross country skiing is very popular with the locals here too. If there is good snowfall then it is a great way to explore Glenlivet. The snow lies deep at Glenmulliach Forest (off the Lecht road, 1 mile south of Tomintoul) where the waymarked walk route is suitable for cross-country skiing.

Adventure

A twenty-minute drive away, Craggan Outdoors offers visitors the chance to try archery, white water rafting, pony trekking, canoeing, clay pigeon shooting, climbing, zip wires and even golf! Families can also head along to Landmark Forest Adventure Park, only a thirty-minute drive away in Carrbridge, where kids can enjoy the waterslides, climbing wall, highwire through the trees and roller coaster! Please book ahead to avoid disappointment.

Arts & Culture

Those looking to admire or purchase local artwork can head along to the Spindrift Gallery on Tomintoul main street. As well as the gallery, art lovers can check a new art installation, 'still', part of a series of sculptures placed along the snow roads, found just at the other end of the village. For more information on the project and other sculptures click here.


Useful links

https://www.glenlivetestate.co.uk/visitor-attractions

https://www.morayways.org.uk/

https://www.visitscotland.com/info/towns-villages/tomintoul-p237651