Glenlivet is perfect for walking holidays. We are within easy access to Ladder Hills, Cromdales, Ben Rinnes & The Speyside Way. We can offer pick up & drop off at the disused Ballindalloch Station on the Speyside by arrangement. We will also be pleased to provide packed lunches.

Cycling and Mountain Biking

Enjoy the many bike trails in the area. We are situated only 8 miles from The Coffee Still Café which is a popular rendezvous for people riding the new Glenlivet Estate Mountain Bike Trails.  We can offer secure bike storage & bike wash facilities.
Glenlivet Bike Trails & Cafe


Riding and Pony Trekking



Fishing and shooting

The River Spey is a jewel amongst some of Scotland’s finest salmon rivers. The Avon (pronounced A’an) is a main tributary of the Spey.  The smaller Livet offers brown trout during the summer.

Skiing and Snowsports

Ski equipment can be hired at The Lecht ski centre & also tuition is available.


Nearby towns

Speyside is an excellent part of Scotland to immerse yourself in Scottish Culture & traditions. Pipe Bands, Highland Games, Ceilidhs & Hogmanay celebrations can all be enjoyed locally.  Highland Games where local athletes compete in traditional tests of strength that include tossing the caber, throwing the hammer & tug o’ war.  See them on the third Saturday in July in Tomintoul, or the last Saturday in July at Dufftown.

Scottish Pipe Bands – come and hear them play in the Square in Dufftown during Summer evenings.


Boat trips

Explore the beautiful Moray Coastline and its wildlife.  There are trips to suit every one to make it a memorable experience.  You will learn from experienced staff local knowledge on both the sea and the wildlife – weather permitting.


Places to Visit


Many of The Cairngorms’ most endangered species are found in Glenlivet Crown Estate, including Golden Eagle, Mountain Hare, Wild Cat, Black Grouse, Crossbill, Dotterel, Capercaillie, Ptarmigan, Crested Tit, Pine Marten, Red Squirrel, Otter and Water Vole.  Climb aboard the Glenlivet Wildlife Landrover to enjoy the Mountain Hare Safari, the Mad March Hare Safari, the Highland Spring Watch Safari and the Black Grouse Watch. A 4x4 safari exploring places that not everyone is lucky enough to see:



Parks and gardens  &

Castles & Houses – Aberdeenshire, home to the only Scottish Castle Trail. The trail consists of 14 castles, from rugged splendour of Kildrummy Castle to the romantic ruins of Huntly Castle approx 25 miles from Thistle Dhu. Balvenie Castle is 15 miles.

Brodie Castle -
Cawdor Castle –
Leith Hall –
Balmoral Castle –
Culzean castle –



Distilleries & Breweries Spirit of Speyside Whisky festival held around end of April/beginning of May Autumn Speyside Whisky Festival held end of September. Malt Whisky Trail – an unforgettable insight into how water and barley are transformed into the ‘water of life’.

A selection of Whisky Distilleries in this area;

Breweries The Cairngorm Brewery at Aviemore

Railways If you enjoy steam trains, then you must visit the Strathspey Railway at Aviemore.   -   An 11 mile line linking the World’s Malt Whisky capital, Dufftown, to the market town of Keith.

Cairngorm Mountain is home to Scotland’s only funicular railway. A unique visitor experience which allows people of all abilities to reach the Top Station where the Ptarmigan Restaurant is located with panoramic views from over 3,500 ft. There is also a viewing terrace, exhibition shop and the highest post box in the British Isles. Enjoy the excitement of the unique mountain bike descent, using the funicular for uplift, high quality bikes under the guidance of highly qualified mountain bike guides.




Places to Eat and Drink

The Croft Inn a ten minute walk from Thistle Dhu B&B, warm hospitality, wonderful food.

The Coffee Still Cafe at Glenlivet Bike Trails Centre is a lovely friendly place to grab some food and drink

The Glen Avon Hotel Tomintoul for great atmosphere and fantastic food

The Mash Tun Aberlour a great selection of malt whisky and a great menu