Lying between the Ladder and the Cromdale Hills at the NE edge of the Cairngorms, the two broad straths of the rivers Avon and Livet, form the 23,000 hectare Highland estate of Glenlivet, part of the Crown 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 a sense of peace, solitude and open space.
Walking, mountain biking, 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 of countryside, Glenlivet’s landscape of rolling hills provides excellent opportunities for a variety of outdoor pursuits. An extensive network of over 60 miles of waymarked paths and cycling trails allows access to many remote and secluded parts of the estate.
More ambitious walkers can explore other nearby mountains or enjoy the 45 mile long Speyside Way stretches from the Moray coast to Tomintoul.
Sheltered from the prevailing winds by the Cairngorms the climate of the area is surprisingly dry. Winter snows can last well into 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 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.
The community welcomes visitors and traditional courtesies remain, in an area where there is still a sense of peace and quiet that is fast disappearing elsewhere.