Walk: Tomintoul taster

[The Victor Gaffney viewpoint is a great vantage point for Strath Avon, high Cairngorms beyond]

Tomintoul probably won't ever win any awards for beauty itself, but it deserves some recognition as the highest village of any size in the Highlands. And it sits amongst marvellous surroundings: the wilderness of the high Cairngorms to the south, the Ladder Hills to the east and the Hills of Cromdale to the north. Exploring this region often calls for major expeditions, but this short circuit around the village could be a good introduction to the area, marked out by the Glenlivet Estate. Distant but tantalising views of high mountains will soon have you poring over the map and planning more serious trips.

[The marshland around the Conglass Water is good for spotting wading birds in season]

Name: Walk: Tomintoul taster ☆☆☆
Length: 4 km / 2 miles
Ascent: 70 metres
Points of interest: Tomintoul; Conglass Water; Victor Gaffney viewpoint
Start / finish: Tomintoul village square, G.R.: NJ 169187 / flask gurgling bill

Route: Start & Tomintoul - Spooky Wood - A939 / B9008 junction - Conglass Water -  Speyside Way (Tomintoul Spur) - Victor Gaffney viewpoint - Cults - start
Terrain: Excellent paths, some track sections.
Wildlife today: Cows and sheep.
Weather today: Quite cloudy but dry with some blue sky around. Fresh snow on Cairngorm plateau.
 
Route credit: Glenlivet Estate (modified)

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