The highest village in the Highlands of Scotland is just waiting to be explored.

Developed in the late 18th Century, the charismatic village of Tomintoul was built by the 4th Duke of Gordon who established the new planned settlement with its regimented grid-like layout on this "bleak and barren moor". Its layout hasn’t changed much since. The Duke’s demand for a good Public House in the centre of the town no doubt helped to secure its popularity. 

Read more about the history of Tomintoul

The trim green square, at the heart of the village is attractively planted with lime trees and today is surrounded by a welcoming array of shops, cafes and hotels.  

Discover the museum located within the Tourist Information Centre on north side of the Square. Founded after the Tomintoul bicentenary exhibition in 1976, it’s packed full of reminders of the past. (Museum currently closed for refurbishment until Spring/Summer 2017). Find out more about the surrounding countryside and wildlife at the Glenlivet Estate visitor centre at the south end of the village.

With gift shops and art galleries to browse around, a village store and post office to provide provisions, and a complete range of Highland malt whiskies on offer, Tomintoul with its variety of guest houses and hotels is an attractive place to stay and explore the wider area.  

The traditional Tomintoul Highland Games are held on the third Saturday in July, established as long ago as 1824, they have been held annually since, except for the two war periods.

Shops and Attractions in Tomintoul

  • Village Store and Post Office
  • Tourist Infomation Centre & Museum (currently closed for refurbishment)
  • Highland Whisky Castle 


  • Other shops and attractions in the Tomintoul & Glenlivet area

Food and Drink in Tomintoul

Accomodation in Tomintoul

Visitor information

Read up before you visit so you can make the most of your time here.

Seasonal highlights

Every season brings new reasons to visit Glenlivet Estate.