The river Avon flows down through this beautiful wooded glen from Loch Avon high in the Cairngorm mountains on into the River Spey at Ballindalloch. Much of the banks of the silvery waters are clothed in ancient semi-natural birch woodland, while the hills above are a blanket of blazing purple heather in late summer. The River Avon's tumbling clear waters are teaming with wildlife and attract a good run of salmon and sea trout.
Follow the B9008 road from the Bridge of Avon near Tomintoul through Strath Avon until reaching Drumin Castle, where the River Livet flows into the River Avon, stopping to explore along the way.
Bridge of Avon
Built during the construction of the miltary road in 1754 the bridge now provides a lovely viewpoint over the river.
Set against the backdrop of magnificent open moorland, the site of the Kirkmichael parish church dates back to the 13th Century, the current church being built in 1807. Its peaceful and quiet setting disguises an interesting past. Visit the graveyard to find many notable academics and military men who were born and raised in the area.
Across the river on the slopes of Cnoc Fergan hill is the site of Fergan's Well and tradition tells of a busy sheep market that used to be held on this slope before the construction of Tomintoul in 1776 caused the market to be moved.
Close to the point where a tributary, the Conglass Water joins the Avon, lies the ‘Soldier Stone’ a standing stone with the date 1690 etched into its surface. This marks the site where a soldier fell after the battle of the Haughs of Cromdale in that same year.
This skirmish took place during an early period of Jacobite unrest and it was fought on May 1st 1690 under the shadow of Creagan a’Chaise on the other side of the Cromdale Hills. More of a routing than a battle, 400 Highland Clansmen under the leadership of Colonel Cannon were killed or captured by government troops led by Sir Thomas Livingstone. Many of the clansmen fled eastwards over the hills only to collapse later from their wounds.
Read up before you visit so you can make the most of your time here.
Every season brings new reasons to visit Glenlivet Estate.