Tomidhu is a modernised traditional nineteenth century farmhouse situated in the hamlet of Crathie in the Cairngorm National Park. It provides self-catering accommodation for six to eight people. Recently restored and sympathetically extended the house is conveniently located for pursuing many outdoor activities such as skiing at Glenshee, walking, fly fishing and golf. There are numerous distilleries and castles within the immediate vicinity of Royal Deeside and the house itself is less than 1 mile from Balmoral castle. Tomidhu is situated in its own fenced garden and accessed by a track that leads to an extensive birch forest behind. There are ample opportunities for spotting wildlife from the house.
Tomidhu farmhouse is located between the Highland villages of Ballater and Braemar in the heart of Royal Deeside in the Cairngorm National Park. It is 50 miles from Aberdeen along the A93 or 60 miles from Perth if approaching from the south.
• Two double bedrooms, one twin bedroom
• Two reception rooms each with wood burning stoves
• Modern open plan kitchen/diner with breakfast bar
• Bathroom and shower room
• Modern equipped utility room
• External covered storage area for bikes etc
• Parking for three cars
Within the immediate vicinity of Crathie, Balmoral Castle is a popular destination for tourists passing through the area. The Lochnagar distillery is also located here and can be visited for a tour of the facility or just to try a quick dram at the bar. There are many other castles and distilleries within a short drive of the property.
Outdoor enthusiasts are spoilt for choice. For walkers, the Munro of Lochnagar with it’s high northern corries so popular with climbers, lies immediately to the south across the river Dee. To the north Ben Avon and the surrounding wilderness offers plenty of opportunity for exploration right out the back door. The central Cairngorms can be accessed on foot or mountain bike by selecting an appropriate entry point within a short drive.
Four National nature reserves are within short driving distance of Tomidhu. Glen Tanar lies to the south of Aboyne and is a remnant of the Caledonian pine forest that once covered the highlands. It is one of the regions where capercaille, red squirrels and Scottish crossbills can still be found. Muir of Dinnet is a maturing silver birch forest around the shores of Loch Kinord with a network of established forest trails and a small visitor centre. Both are well worth a visit. (National nature reserves)
For sport climbers, within ten minutes drive, the Pass of Ballater offers a selection of routes of varying difficulty.
For mountain bikers, Invercauld estate, Mar estate, and Balmoral estate all contain a network of paths and tracks that afford an opportunity to explore the area on two wheels.
Those wishing to spend some time fishing could try their skills pursuing salmon on the river Dee on the local beats operated by the local estate offices. In addition there is trout fishing available on Invercauld estate, in Loch Muick on the Balmoral estate and at Tullich Loch just outside Ballater. There is also coarse fishing at Loch Kinord and Aboyne Loch.
The local golf courses in the area are Balmoral, Braemar, Ballater, Tarland and Aboyne.