EXPLORING THE LOCAL AREA
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Tomatin is a small rural village which is just 15 miles south of Inverness, the Highland Capital. The village plays hosts to world renowned Tomatin Distillery, where you can sample whisky in the visitor centre and take a tour of the facilities. There is a thriving local community centre with many activities throughout the year.
'The Strathdearn' is a new community facility which is also home to the new community cafe and shop. Alongside the hall is a covered sports facility where you can book in advance to play tennis or football. Visit the website for information on craft fairs, local art galleries and other events
Enjoy the convenience of picking up groceries in the local community shop. Visit the Community Shop Facebook Page for opening hours as they vary seasonally
Alternatively, venture 15 miles north in to Inverness where you will find major retailers at retail parks or the following independent gems in the city centre
15 miles south of Tomatin is the town of Aviemore, a skiing destination. Major retailers can be found in the centre, however, we recommend the following local spots
Lying 15 miles north of Tomatin and approximately 15 minutes by car, Inverness is known as the 'capital of the Highlands' and boasts beautiful scenery, a vibrant city centre and lots of activities and things to do
Through the city centre runs the River Ness and the Ness Islands Parks which is a beautiful spot for walking. The Victorian Market shopping arcade can be found in the old city and is home to dozens of independent shops - perfect for picking up gifts and treats.
Inverness is known for having a selection of fantastic restaurants and bars and you will find many great spots to kick back and relax after a busy day sightseeing
Park your car easily in the city centre and venture on your night out. While there is on-road parking at the Inverness Castle, for ease, the Rose Street multi-storey is the best choice
Enjoy light local fayre and couple with a swim at lunchtime or sit by the piano and enjoy a candlelit atmosphere in the evening. The Kingsmills is the place to be in Inverness. Enjoy dinner in the gardens while Covid restrictions are in place
For views of Inverness Castle, a fantastic menu and a great atmosphere in the evening, look no further than the Kitchen Brasserie on the banks of River Ness
If you are after a cosy atmosphere with a roaring log fire and local beers, then head south to Aviemore and visit The Old Bridge Inn
Lying 15 miles south of Tomatin and approximately 15 minutes by car, Aviemore is known for its close proximity to the secluded lochs, ancient forest, mountain trails and ski runs of the surrounding Cairngorms National Park
Through the town centre runs a street of local shops including bookstores, clothing and gifts alongside many cafes and coffee shops. Take a trip up to the Cairngorm mountains and enjoy spectacular views and wildlife.
Aviemore plays host to many activities including river rafting, go karting, mountain climbing and skiing so this is the place to go if you are looking for adventure and once in a lifetime experiences
Park your car for free at the new Aviemore Retail Park. Be sure to take a walk along the main street and support the local businesses
Enjoy homemade bakes, light lunches and unforgettable scones! The cafe features beautiful views over Strathdearn and the river Findhorn. JP also have a cafe in Inverness
Inverness's number one cafe restaurant is located at the top of the high street. Enjoy lovely homemade patisserie, an extensive quality breakfast offering and great coffee.
Located within an independent home store, Route 7 is a great spot to stop for a refreshment in Dalfaber, Aviemore.
Take a car journey and head out to enjoy some activities; great for children and for us grown ups looking for something entertaining to help take our minds off life's challenges.
Below are some local gems that we highly recommend
HIGHLAND WILDLIFE PARK
Reopening on 26th March 2021, the Highland Wildlife Park is a great place to enjoy a fun family day out. For keen photographers, you'll be able to get a glimpse of a variety of animals including pandas, tigers, polar bears and wildcats
SPEY VALLEY GOLF COURSE
The Spey Valley Championship Golf Course is an 18-hole, par 72 course that meanders through ancient Caledonian pine forests and along the banks of the sparkling River Spey. Tee times bookable online £25pp
Further info on activities in the area and history of Tomatin can be found on our blog, updated monthly
Visit our walking in Tomatin page for some local walking routes to enjoy during your stay