Circular Cycle Ride from Tomintoul

Posted on 28th June, by SYHA Hostelling Scotland in Blog. No Comments

On my last visit to the small hostel in Tomintoul I spent a great afternoon out on my bike. This is a short circular route of around 20 to 25 miles with a few moderate climbs, nothing to worry any fit and active child.  The route has lots of distractions to keep the mind from getting bored. The route follows the B9008 south out of Tomintoul and heads to Knockandhu, where you can see a herd of highland cattle. Look out for the peat harvesting operation on your left as you climb out of Tomintoul. Just further on at Tomnavoulin there is a small shop and also the distillery, closed to visitors when I was there.

Highland Cattle

Don’t Worry at Glenlivet a few miles further there is another distillery with a visitor centre and cafe.

Head north now on the B9136 to Drumin and its fantastic old castle Built around 1340AD. It’s free to enter and a great place for a picnic lunch.  The castle is famously known as the lair of the “Wolf of Badenoch”, who was Alexander Stewart the earl of Buchan and was renowned for his foul temper.  Interestingly he also used to use the castle on Loch-an-Eilean (near Aviemore) the Castle on Lochandorb near Grantown.


The road back to Tomnitoul is very quiet but with fantastic views over the river Avon (pronounced “On”) and the surrounding countryside.  Watch out for the Wild Boars (domesticated) and lots of Roe Deer.

Wild Boar




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