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Tomachlaggan Smithy

Ballindalloch, Moray
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 2
3 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Games / Play facilities
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance


  • Quaint cottage in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park
  • Just 4 miles from Tomintoul, the highest village in the Highlands
  • Beautiful garden with swings, pond and a BBQ to use
  • Mountain biking, skiing and fishing all available in close proximity
  • Outhouse with table tennis - Due to the current situation with Covid-19 the outhouse advertised at this property will be unavailable initially and is subject to change/extension due to any further lifting of Govt. restrictions
  • Enjoy whisky in Scotland's Speyside's Malt whisky Country
Property code: CA385

This converted blacksmith's cottage is a true escape to nature, found on a winding country road within the Cairngorms National Park. Red squirrels are regular visitors here.

This charming traditional cottage was originally the local blacksmith’s and has been sympathetically modernised, whilst retaining the original character and atmosphere. The property enjoys far-reaching views over the beautiful countryside and is surrounded by farmland and forest on the Crown Estate of Glenlivet and is a great base for exploring the Cairngorms National Park.

The cottage has been brought up-to-date whilst, retaining its original character. Decorated in muted tones with a simplistic style, it’s easy to feel at home here. Guests should be aware that, thanks to its stunning rural location, Wi-Fi can be slow – the perfect excuse for an ‘unplugged’ retreat. Inside, prepare a feast in the kitchen then retreat to the playroom, or the lounge which has an open fire. You’ll find one cosy double bedroom on the ground floor alongside a bathroom with a shower over the bath. Head up the ladder-style stairs to the two further bedrooms - one double and one twin.

The cottage is set within an enclosed garden with seating, BBQ and a small pond. A substantial outbuilding provides secure storage for outdoor equipment and a full tennis table. This is an ideal place for relaxing and to enjoy the wide variety of wildlife, with red squirrels being regular visitors.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 3 bedrooms - 2 doubles and 1 twin + 1 sofa bed in TV room
  • 1 bathroom - shower over bath and WC 
  • Fridge/freezer, electric oven, microwave, washing machine
  • TV/DVD, radio, CD player
  • Wi-Fi included - please note that the connection can be slow and sometimes temperamental. This is simply because the cottage is in a beautiful rural location - a peaceful part of the world which is perfect for relaxing
  • Garden with outdoor dining set, BBQ and small pond - children must be supervised
  • Open fire - fuel included
  • Stairgate available
  • Parking on driveway
  • Heating and electricity included
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Shop and pub 4 miles
  • Please note that the first floor of this property is accessed by steep ladder style stairs, care must be taken and children to be supervised at all times
  • Maximum occupancy is for 4 people

Tomintoul, the highest village in the Highlands, is only 4 miles away and offers a post office/shop, restaurants, tourist information and some lovely craft shops. Glenlivet is situated in the very heart of Speyside’s malt whisky country and offers the perfect place to discover and sample one of Scotland’s most famous exports. There is excellent fishing on the Rrivers, Avon and Livet, both tributaries of the River Spey and renowned for the quality of salmon and sea trout that can be enjoyed here. Glenlivet also offers numerous walking trails for all abilities, excellent mountain biking routes and skiing at the Lecht Ski Centre.

Grantown on Spey (15 miles) is a lovely traditional Highland town on the River Spey and offers a choice of interesting shops and numerous cafes, bars and restaurants. There is also an 18-hole golf course surrounded by beautiful woodland. Aviemore (27 miles), the centre of the National Park, has a wide range of interests and activities to suit all visitors such as hill walking over the magnificent Cairngorm mountains, water sports at Loch Morlich, the Cairngorm reindeer herd and the Strathspey Steam Railway. This is a great place for families with the Landmark Adventure Park at Carrbridge and the Kincraig Highland Wildlife Park offering fun days out.

Carol Gall

This property is personally managed by Carol.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 17 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Karen 10th October 2020

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Reviewed by Tony 5th October 2020

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Lovely cottage in a beautiful, peaceful location. Loved our cosy nights in front of log fire. Our dog loved the huge enclosed garden. Saw red squirrels, deer, owls etc. Spectacular roads and scenery around about. Want to go back.

Reviewed by cheryl 22nd August 2020

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The cottage is a great size, the second sitting room is brilliant if you're travelling with older kids as it gives them their own space without them being in their bedrooms. In easy reach of lots of things to do.

Reviewed by Tracy 15th August 2020

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A real getaway from it all very quiet apart from sheep. But wildlife and garden fantastic . I would not recommend going if you are wanting to use upstairs bedroom stairs and access bit dangerous in my opinion.

Reviewed by Richard 8th August 2020

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We had a lovely time at this delightful cottage in a wonderful location. Having the cycle trails so close to the cottage was also great.

Reviewed by Agnieszka 25th July 2020

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What a wonderful time we just had at Tomachlaggan Smithy! Absolutely beautiful property, very private, secluded and in stunning location comfortable to the point we were eager to go back to it from our daily trips. Fully fenced off garden meant our dogs were safe to explore every corner and they loved it as much as we did. Perfect location to exploRead morere the area too with easy access to very generous offer of local attractions. The fact we are looking to book again speak for itself. Loved it so much Hide

Reviewed by Jonathan, Janine and Guinness October 2019

Cosy cottage with lots of wildlife. Thank you.

Reviewed by Llia and Ruud September 2019

A great welcome with shortbread and wine! A beautiful cottage! We enjoyed the DVDs and the record player. We love the silence and the wildlife around. A beautiful ATB track nearby. We could have spent several more days here.

Reviewed by Mr Gorseman September 2019

Very nice cottage in beautiful area; everything you need is available. Great for ATB drivers. We saw a lot of animals around the house.

Reviewed by Guest August 2019

3rd holiday at Tomachlaggan and already booked for next year.

Reviewed by Erik and Gregor August 2019

Thank you for the wonderful 5 days, especially the silence in and around the house. Thank you.

Reviewed by Pam, Jennifer and Antonio July 2019

We had a wonderful holiday in the beautiful cottage. This had been a lovely stay. Thank you!

Reviewed by Meg, Matthew and Tess July 2019

What a beautiful cottage! Weve loved staying here with all the lovely views and lots of things to do in the area. We didnt see much wildlife in the garden but saw lots in the lane and in the woods just up the road. They Smithy is so well equipped and well definitely be recommending it to others. Thank you!

Reviewed by Luise, Gerald, Anton and Christiane June 2019

This cottage is very beautiful and so cosy! The view is beautiful too and weve had a nice week in Scotland. The weather was cloudy, sunny and rainy but anyway we were happy.The sheep are cute and the lambs are cute too! Thank you for all.

Reviewed by Jane, Rich & Izzy May 2019

What a beautiful cottage! The garden especially. It has been a fantastic week and we have been blessed with sunshine. The garden has been wonderful for our border collie, Izzy, who has been running around here and hunting for sticks! The area is incredibly stunning also, not that we have felt the need to leave the cottage because of the views and sRead morepace. We hope to come back here. Hide

Reviewed by Romian & Julie May 2019

We had a lovely stay at Tomachlaggan Smithy. Coming from a tiny apartment in the noisy, crowded and polluted Paris, we were absolutely delighted to enjoy quietness and nature. Big thanks to our hosts who arranged everything, especially special facilities for our 11 month son. We will remember this holiday forever.

Reviewed by Tracey & Paul October 2018

What can I say about this magnificent place. This is my third visit! I discovered Tomachlaggan Smithy by chance whilst looking for dog friendly, self catering properties in the Cairngorms. After my first visit, I just knew I had to return as a week simply wasnt long enough to do and see the many sights, walks and wildlife that is on the doorstep. TRead moreomachlaggan Smithy is the ideal base and suits my needs perfectly. Luna, my Siberian husky loves this place just as much as I do especially the garden. We have quite simply fallen in love with the entire place. (Tracy) Hide

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