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Glenlivet

Glenlivet is shrouded in rich history, which becomes quickly apparent when visiting hidden gems such as the Packhorse Bridge and Drumin Castle.  It is synonymous with whisky with four distilleries in the area and offers a stunning backdrop for outdoor activities and mountain biking.

Tomintoul is the highest village in the Cairngorms and the largest community on Glenlivet Estate. It is known for its abundance of sporting pursuits, including a vast network of biking and walking trails. Whisky also plays an important roll with many distilleries just a stone's throw away.

At 345m above sea level, Tomintoul is the highest village in the Cairngorms (and indeed the Scottish Highlands), and is the largest community on the Glenlivet Estate.  Having been founded by the Duke of Gordon in 1775, this traditional ‘planned’ village and surrounding area is steeped in history, and being situated halfway between Aviemore and Royal Deeside, it is an ideal base to explore the SnowRoads and Cairngorms National Park.

The village is known for its abundance of sporting and outdoor pursuits, including fishing, mountain biking and hillwalking, with a network of around 100 miles of trails nearby to suit all abilities.  The Lecht ski centre is around a 10 minute drive away – ideal for winter sports and fun in the snow. In 2018, the Tomintoul & Glenlivet area was officially recognised as an ‘International Dark Sky Park’.  Its easy access and low light pollution make it one of the best places in Scotland to discover the wonders of the night sky – so you can enjoy an action-packed day followed by an evening brimming with stars!  


Throughout its history, Tomintoul has been a stopping place for travellers and this is reflected in the range of accommodation and services available in the village.  Its main street has an abundance of amenities, including hotels/restaurants, B&Bs, family-friendly hostel, cafes, shops, art galleries, post office and a Discovery Centre/tourist information facility (seasonal).  There is also an adventure playground and smaller play parks for children, as well as a bird hide for nature watchers.


Notorious for whisky smugglers in times gone by, whisky production still plays a very important role in the area, with many distilleries within easy reach.  Visitors can enjoy a dram on a visit to The Glenlivet Distillery or Tomintoul Distillery (the latter by appointment only).


Glenlivet Estate is surrounded by high hills on all sides.  Its landscapes range from deep river valleys and glens through fertile farmland and wooded hillsides to high heather moors with magnificent views across north-eastern Scotland.  The abundance of wildlife and majestic scenery make it a photographer’s paradise!


All of the above makes Tomintoul an ideal year-round destination for anyone planning a trip on the SnowRoads!




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Activities & Attractions

Speyside Whisky Tours

We offer a range of exclusive day trips to Speyside's world famous Whisky Distilleries in the comfort of a RANGE ROVER VOGUE. There is no finer way to explore Speyside's Distilleries.

Speyside Whisky Tours

We offer a range of exclusive day trips to Speyside's world famous Whisky Distilleries in the comfort of a RANGE ROVER VOGUE. There is no finer way to explore Speyside's Distilleries.

http://www.speysidewhiskytours.com/

Email

7807932745

Glendalloch House, AB37 9EB
Glenlivet
AB37 9EB

Activities & Attractions

The Glenlivet Distillery Visitor Centre

When staying in the Cairngorms National Park, a visit to the award-winning The Glenlivet Distillery Visitor Centre is a must. The following tours are available at this award-winning visitor centre: The Glenlivet Classic Tour - This classic tour... read more

The Glenlivet Distillery Visitor Centre

When staying in the Cairngorms National Park, a visit to the award-winning The Glenlivet Distillery Visitor Centre is a must. The following tours are available at this award-winning visitor centre: The Glenlivet Classic Tour - This classic tour offers you a sensory introduction to the whole, finely-crafted process of whisky-making in our modern distillery. You'll see casks of slowly maturing malts in a traditional bonded warehouse and then an invitation to toast George Smith, with a dram of The Glenlivet, on the very land he once farmed nearly two hundred years ago. Cost: £12.50 per person. Daily tours from 10am and every half hour, and last tour at 4.30pm. Duration: 1 1/4 hours (pre-booking advised). Maximum group size: 16. Open to visitors age 18 and over. Audio guides available in French, German, Italian and Spanish subject to availability Definitive Spirit Tour and Tasting - £65 per person. This fascinating experience lasts around 2.5 hours, and includes a full distillery tour with a dram from a cask in one of our warehouses. In our tasting room, guests will enjoy an exploration of the spirit cuts, followed by a selection of The Glenlivet whiskies from our range, enabling them to comprehend the complex marriage of the spirit and the wood in creating the definitive whisky. These tours are held on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 14:00. Other times may be available by arrangement. Drams of Distinction Tasting - £40 per person This is a truly special tasting experience of samples of rarer whiskies from The Glenlivet. This tasting lasts a maximum of 1 hour and takes place on Tuesday and Thursday at 11:00 and 15:00 and at 11:00 on Saturday. Other times may be available by arrangement.

http://www.theglenlivet.com/

Email

01340 821720

Ballindalloch, AB37 9DB
Glenlivet
AB37 9DB

Self Catering

Birchbrae Cottage

Birchbrae Cottage

Email

01807 510288

Glenlivet
Ballindalloch
Glenlivet
AB37 9DB

Cafe

The Coffee Still @ BikeGlenlivet

Just 4.5 miles from Tomintoul, in the heart of the forest, BikeGlenlivet mountain bike centre offers riders two new routes: GlenlivetBlue, a 9K blue grade route suitable for all the family but exciting to ride with its twists and turns and great... read more

The Coffee Still @ BikeGlenlivet

https://www.glenlivetestate.co.uk

Email

01479 870 070

Kirkmichael
Ballindalloch
Glenlivet
AB37 9AR

Food & Drink

Bike Glenlivet Cafe

We offer a range of homemade breakfasts and lunches, cakes, ice creams and fabulous coffee from the Glen Lyon roastery. We are open seasonally, please see our facebook page (@glenlivet mountain bike trail centre) or instagram (@bikeglenlivet) for... read more

Bike Glenlivet Cafe

We offer a range of homemade breakfasts and lunches, cakes, ice creams and fabulous coffee from the Glen Lyon roastery. We are open seasonally, please see our facebook page (@glenlivet mountain bike trail centre) or instagram (@bikeglenlivet) for up to date info

https://www.glenlivetestate.co.uk/outdoor-activities/mountain-biking

Email

07963217793

Glenlivet AB32 9AR
Glenlivet