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Self Catering Cottage, near Tomintoul in the Scottish Highlands
We are now taking bookings from late August 2020 but due to new COVID-19 cleaning protocols we cannot turn the cottage around in the normal way. Instead we will be leaving the cottage empty for 72 hours between departure and normal cleaning. Alcohol sanitisation of metal and plastic will also be carried out. This is impacting on our normal Saturday-Saturday bookings. It means there is more flexibility, but less availability. We will consider stays of varying lengths this year. Please email us directly to see if we can accommodate your preferred dates and for accurate prices as the availability link may not be reflecting true prices for shorter stays. The more flexible you can be the better. We may also ask that you provide your own bedding and towels. We also regret that the cottage will remain in some of its 'winter' soft furnishings this year as we have not had the chance to visit ourselves to change all the curtains, cushions etc!
Lagganvoulin - Self-Catering Holiday Cottage, Tomintoul, Cairngorms, Scotland
Welcome to Lagganvoulin
Glenlivet Bike Trail Centre and Cafe is a couple of miles north of Tomintoul and offers graded trails for mountain bikers suitable for families or more advanced riders. There are also many marked bike and walking routes in the wider area. A spur of the Speyside Way can be walked from Tomintoul.
Family History - although this area was not greatly affected by the Highland Clearances, many people in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the USA will have historical family connections with this part of Scotland. It is also an area of interest to me, so if you are planning a visit and would like help tracing your family, please let me know at time of booking and I will see what I can find out for you.
The Glenlivet Estate, which is part of the Crown Estate, is an area of beautiful landscapes, with rich wildlife and scenic trails to enjoy. The cottage provides an ideal base for walking, fishing, birdwatching, biking, skiing (find out more on our Activities page).
The area has a rich whisky heritage, supporting several local whisky distilleries to visit nearby, and 3 'smugglers trails' to walk. The cottage is conveniently placed for following the Whisky Trail through Speyside to the north, and the Castle Trail of Royal Deeside to the south (including Balmoral Castle, much loved by Queen Victoria and the current Royal Family).
The Lecht Ski Centre/Bike Skills Park is less then 10 minutes drive away and can offer good family skiing through the winter months. During the summer if provides mountain bike downhill trails with chairlift access to the tops, and a bike skills park.
Sleeping 5 people comfortably, Lagganvoulin is a secluded country cottage within the Cairngorm National Park, near the Highland village of Tomintoul, Scotland. Set within a large fenced garden, and with it's own circular drive, the cottage offers comfortable and stylish holiday accommodation with changing soft furnishings to reflect the different seasons. It is surrounded by the open hillsides, streams and woodland of the Glenlivet Estate. The cottage accommodates 4 or 5 comfortably, 6 at absolute maximum.
One or two small, well-behaved dogs are welcome.
Although the cottage's situation feels hidden away, the local shops, cafe's and hotel bars of Tomintoul are only 5 minutes away by car, or a scenic 30 minute walk along the Old Military Road. Lagganvoulin is just 75 minutes from Aberdeen Airport by car (70 from Inverness).
Lagganvoulin has a very relaxing feel where one can spend lots of time doing very little, but there are interesting short rambles from the door, or longer walks for rewarding views of the Cairngorms. The peaceful setting ensures abundant and varied wildlife is often seen/heard including golden eagle, owls, heron, stoat, deer, hare, pheasants, red squirrel, bats and voles (no guarantees and subject to season!).
Most visitors come though, for the diverse range of outdoor activities and country pursuits available in the area, or to use its central location for seeing many of Scotland attractions.
We encourage and support many Green Initiatives to be as environmental