The skies above Glenlivet and Tomintoul are amongst the darkest in the UK due to the lack of light pollution here. This has helped the area become an International Dark Sky Park, the most northerly in the world! Our stunning dark skies are easy to access allowing everyone to enjoy a night sky brimming with stars. Experience the best views at Dark Sky Discovery Sites at the Tomintoul Field of Hope, Carrachs in the Braes of Glenlivet and Blairfindy Moor in Glenlivet.
Tomintoul bird hide
On the edge of Tomintoul, drop into the bird hide to see curlews, lapwings and oystercatchers that particularly like the surrounding marshy farmland in the spring and summer. This area provides important habitat for nationally declining wading birds. Beyond the hide as you follow the Tomintoul Circular Path, enjoy the blooms and scents of wildflowers and look for out for bees and butterflies in the nearby fields and meadows.
Queen Victoria’s viewpoint
For a grand view that encapsulates the essence of the area, this viewpoint on the Delnabo road is a must. Looking up the River Avon, the green fields of the strath give way to moorland and the heights of Ben Avon and the Cairngorm mountains in the distance. Here Queen Victoria stopped to admire the view on one of her expeditions from Balmoral in 1860.
Take a break on your journey along the Snow RoadsScenic Route at this art installation called ‘Still’. Designed by Glasgow architects, Angus Ritchie and Daniel Tyler, this mirrored feature frames the magnificent views of the River Avon, Tomintoul and the Cairngorm mountains.
The River Avon is one of the most important salmon rivers within the Cairngorms National Park. Fishing is available for a wide range of abilities and budgets on the River Avon and its tributary, the River Livet.