Auchnascraw Mill was built around the 1830s and was used for grinding oats. It was a working Mill until just after the end of the Second World War. Lots of original features of the Mill have been incorporated into the renovation to maintain its character. Look for details like the exposed stone walls, use of millstones, gear wheel and unique ironwork. The living room features the original flagstone floors and there is underfloor heating throughout the entire downstairs. Keep cozy in front of the wood stove in the living room, while enjoying panoramic views out each and every window.
The Mill has been professionally decorated with high-quality furnishings and accessories throughout. The kitchen features top-of the-line appliances (induction range & cooker, dishwasher, microwave, fridge/freezer, toaster, kettle, coffee maker) and is fully equipped for all your cooking needs. You will sleep well in either of our comfortable bedrooms! The master bedroom has a super-king size pillow-top mattress and sofa for lounging. The second bedroom has two single beds with pillow-top mattresses that can be zipped together to create another super-king size bed (please let us know how you would like these beds made up). There is also a sofa bed that can be made into a king-size bed in the upstairs nook between the two bedrooms, which can sleep an additional two people. Currently we do not have a TV but there is free wi-fi. The Mill is also equipped for family fun with lots of games, books and toys to enjoy. There is a washer and dryer in our utility room provided for your convenience.
You will have total privacy at the Mill. This includes the entire house and garden area which is fenced in. There is plenty of parking. We live just across the road if there is anything we can do to help.
Interaction with Guests
We are happy to meet you in the village of Tomintoul or can provide you with more detailed directions to make your own way to Auchnascraw Mill. Once you arrive, we will show you around the Mill and show you how things work, if needed. Our family have lived here for eight years and we can give you lots of local information and advice about what to see and do in the area. Please let us know how we can help you feel at home!
Auchnascraw Mill is situated in what is locally known as “The Braes of Glenlivet,” braes meaning hills, which you can see in every direction. There are many things to do right on your doorstep, from walking, cycling and wildlife watching to just relaxing and enjoying the views of the surrounding Ladder Hills. You can walk to the Scalan and there are many other waymarked walking/cycling routes, including the Smugglers Trails.
We are just over a ten minute drive from the village of Tomintoul, known as the “Highest Village in the Highlands” where there are a few shops, cafes, pubs, a restaurant, and art galleries. There is a tourist information centre with a museum and the Glenlivet Estate Office which both have lots of information about the area. Well worth a visit!
The Mill is also centrally located for: walking, mountain biking, fishing, golfing, wildlife watching, whisky trails, skiing at the Lecht and Cairngorms, visiting the castle routes (Drumin, Corgarff, Ballindalloch and Balvenie to name a few), coastal trails, many towns and more!
You can explore the Highlands, Moray coastline, Cairngorms, and Royal Deeside in day-trips from the Mill and look forward to coming back to relax at the end of your day.
Here are some distances to some popular towns/sight seeing destinations:
•15 minutes to the world famous The Glenlivet Distillery
•20 mintues from Glenlivet Mountain Bike Centre (great trails and a super cafe)
•30 minutes to Grantown-on-Spey, Aberlour & Dufftown
•45 minutes to Aviemore and the Cairngorms
•50 minutes to Elgin, Huntly, Fochabers, Forres
•1 hour to the Moray Coast/Moray Firth (Lossiemouth, Findhorn, Spey Bay, Nairn, Burghead, Portknockie, Cullen)
•75 minutes to Inverness and 90 minutes to Loch Ness
You will need to have a car. Here are the distances to the Mill from these airports:
•Inverness- 90 minutes
•Aberdeen- 90 minutes
•Edinburgh- three and a half hours
•Glasgow- four hours
There is a train station in Aviemore- 45 minutes
Other Things to Note
There is not a landline phone at the Mill but you are welcome to use ours, if needed. You do not get a mobile signal at the Mill but do get one if you walk up the road and in other areas nearby. The closest petrol stations are in Ballindalloch (20 minutes) or Grantown-on-Spey (30 minutes) so be sure to top up your tank before arriving if you need to.