We're of the opinion that holidays at the Old Pine Yurt are perfect for doing nothing much - perhaps passing the day with a gentle stroll through the sun-dappled birch woodland, taking in the panoramic views of Strathavon and the Cromdales from the hillside above the yurt, or curling up in a comfy chair and losing yourself in a good book.
As well as being a great base for walking in the Tomintoul and Glenlivet area, the Old Pine Yurt is also the perfect spot to spend a day or two relaxing after completing the Tomintoul spur of the Speyside Way.
The Old Pine Yurt is situated within Glenlivet Estate which has loads of walking routes, wildlife, and a ranger service, as well as BikeGlenlivet - this brand new trail centre has blue and red routes (with optional black features), a great café and on-site mountain bike hire from Basecamp Bikes - or you might like to try Lecht 2090 for mountain bike trails with uplift and a skills park
Contact Cairngorm Treks for tailored and guided day walks in the stunning Cairngorms wilderness and surrounding areas, or Out in the Hills in Aviemore (guided walks and trips in the Cairngorms National Park)
Glenlivet Hill Trek offers a different way to see the local sights with their range of Argocat tours over the hill-tops of nearby Glenlivet, and Glenlivet Wildlife's Land Rover safari tours provide an opportunity to get close to some of Scotland's most iconic wildlife. Thrill-seekers might prefer to visit Craggan Outdoors for a huge range of outdoor activities, including gorge-walking and quad biking
Well worth a visit for whisky-lovers is The Whisky Castle in Tomintoul, which stocks a huge range of malts; after you've checked those out, cross the street to the Clock House restaurant to view the world's largest bottle of single malt whisky! If you want to see how Scotland's national drink is made, head down to Glenlivet Distillery, home of the world-famous dram, to enjoy a tour and sample; you could combine this with a visit to nearby Ballindalloch Castle, a beautiful and romantic building, set in stunning grounds
Golf courses are numerous and spectacular - within a short drive you will find courses at Craggan, Nethybridge, Boat of Garten, Grantown on Spey, Carrbridge, Aviemore, Dufftown and Rothes
And, for events, check out the Touler 10k Multi-Terrain Run in June, the Tomintoul Motorcycle Gathering in July, and our Tomintoul Highland Games, one of the oldest and most traditional there is, also in July.
* Some of the activities and attractions above are seasonal or can be weather-dependent, so please do check on availability before setting out
And don't forget our amazing night skies - we have almost no light pollution here so, on a clear evening, you can sit outside, look up at the sky, and gaze at the brightest stars you've ever seen!
However, should you feel like a bit more action, there is no shortage of things to keep you busy, both in the local area and further afield. We've put together some ideas for you . . .