Lying between the Ladder Hills and the Cromdale hills in the Cairngorms National Park, the two broad straths of the rivers Avon and Livet form the beautiful Glenlivet Estate.
With a special character of its own, Glenlivet exhibits some of the finest landscapes of the Grampian Highlands; clear rushing burns and rivers, sheltered straths, glens and woods, wide expanses of high heather-covered hills, and above all you can find solitude and a wonderful sense of peace, quiet and open space.
Glenlivet welcomes you to explore its tracks and byways.
WALKS, WHISKY & WILDLIFE......
Walking, mountain biking, horse riding, fishing, birdwatching, skiing - whatever the season, all the family will find something to do in Glenlivet. A wealth of fascinating historic sites bear witness to past events that have shaped the landscape and the community that live here, while the mixed countryside supports a wide variety of upland birds and animals.
Encompassing over 90 square miles, Glenlivet's landscape of rolling hills provides excellant opportunities for a variety of outdoor pursuits. An extensive network of over 100 miles of waymarked path and cycle trails, local walks and long distance hill tracks, allow access to many remote and secluded parts of this varied countryside. Follow the ancient 'whisky roads' used by smugglers. Visit the famous 'hidden' Catholic Seminary at Scalan or quietly amble through farms, forests and open moorlands, amongst outstanding scenery. More ambitious walkers can explore the neighbouring Cairngorm Mountains or enjoy the Speyside Way Long Distance Path, which has a terminus at Tomintoul.
Sheltered from the prevailing winds by the high Cairngorms, the climate of the area is surprisingly dry. Winter snows can last well into the spring allowing downhill skiing at the Lecht, or challenging cross country skiing on the undulating hills and forest trails.
At the heart of Scotland's whisky country and on the well-known Malt Whisky Trail, much of the best of the Highlands is within easy reach of Glenlivet. The many attractions of Strathspey, the beaches and fishing villages of the Moray Coast and the castle country of Grampian and Royal Deeside, are all within an hour or so's drive on quiet, scenic roads, where driving is still a pleasure.
A full range of local services is available within the Estate including good quality restaurants, hotels and inns. A wide choice of comfortable, self-catering cottages and farmhouse B&B's ensures a good selection of places to stay, where you can be sure of a warm reception. The community welcomes visitors and traditional courtesies remain, in an area where there is still a sense of peace and quiet that is fast disapperaing elsewhere.
Visitors are welcome to share this peaceful countryside and we hope you will enjoy exploring Glenlivet.
A new mountain bike trail centre will be opening in Summer 2013 offering a blue and red route catering for cyclists of a wide range of abilities. The trails total 21km and the red route will offer some of the longest sustained downhill singletrack in the UK. The blue route is suitable for families.