Corgarff in Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms

Catching a first glimpse of Corgarff as you journey down the twisting Lecht road can only be described as breathtaking. Predominantly farming land for sheep and cattle, the heather-clad moors surrounding the community are teeming with wildlife, including roe deer, red squirrels, buzzards and even the odd osprey.

The remote hamlet lies at the foot of The Lecht, a rugged mountain pass to Tomintoul which is home to one of Scotland’s most popular ski centres. Ancient whisky smugglers trails and forest tracks cut through this scattered community and offer a haven for walkers, runners and cyclists.

Standing in a wild and lonely spot, the tastefully restored Corgarff Castle will satisfy anyone’s hunger for Scottish history. Once an impressive fortified home of the Forbeses of Corgarff, the 16th century tower house was later converted into barracks for redcoats hunting down Jacobite sympathisers and latterly helping to stamp out the illegal production and smuggling of whisky.