Discover a hidden landscape
1. Tomintoul & Glenlivet Discovery Centre
The newly refurbished Discovery Centre provides a brand new visitor experience and information hub as well as a community space. Located in The Square, Tomintoul, this is your first port of call to find out about the area, its natural and cultural history including the significance of the whisky industry here when illicit stills, smuggling and excise-men were once commonplace.
2. Scalan seminary
Explore the remote Braes of Glenlivet and visit the secluded seminary at Scalan, where priests were trained in secret during the prohibition of the Catholic faith in the 17th century.
3. Blairfindy Castle
Just along the road from the Glenlivet Distillery is the ruin of Blairfindy Castle, built as a fortified tower house in 1564 by John Gordon of the Huntly family. Although in a poor state of repair and unsafe to access, this impressive structure can be viewed from the roadside. Plans are afoot to stabilise the castle and provide access and more information for visitors.
Discover a living and working landscape
4. Glenlivet Estate
This is a working estate that supports traditional land management as well as new activities. Owned by Crown Estate Scotland, the estate comprises over 30 let farms, 1500 acres of commercial forests and a sporting tenancy including grouse moors, salmon fishing and deer stalking. It also welcomes a wide range of visitors, providing a visitor centre, educational services, walking trails and a mountain bike centre.
Tomintoul and Glenlivet is the gateway to the Malt Whisky Trail. Stop off at a Speyside distillery to see how Scotland’s national drink is produced today and to sample the amber nectar!
6. Shopping and Eating Out
Take some time to stop by in the village of Tomintoul, the highest village in the Highlands at 345m. You will find plenty to tempt you from art galleries and gift shops to hotels, restaurants and if you’ve got a sharp eye, you will find the largest bottle of single malt whisky in the world!
Discover a natural landscape
7. Dark Sky Discovery sites
The skies above Glenlivet and Tomintoul are amongst the darkest in the UK due to the lack of light pollution from surrounding settlements and industry. Not only does this remote area have stunning dark skies but it also had easy access allowing everyone to enjoy a night sky brimming with stars. Experience the best views at Dark Sky Discovery Sites at the Field of Hope, Carrachs and Blairfindy Moor.
8. Tomintoul bird hide and wildflower meadow
On the edge of Tomintoul, drop into the bird hide to view curlews, lapwings and redshank that particularly like the surrounding marshy farmland in the spring and summer. This area provides important habitat for nationally declining wader birds. Next to the hide as you continue along the Tomintoul Circular Walk, you can enjoy the blooms and scents of a wildflower meadow in the summer breeze.
9. 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.
Discover a landscape that is open to adventure
10. Snow Roads
For a bit of adventure, take a trip along the Snow Roads, a 90 mile scenic route between Blairgowrie and Grantown-on-Spey. As well as traversing the UK’s highest public road with its steep inclines, tight bends and blind summits, you will find snowsports including the Lecht Ski Centre and mountain bike trails to thrill you. For the less daring, there are 3 viewpoints along the route where you can stop off and simply admire the beautiful landscape. One of these is the ‘Still’ installation, near Tomintoul.