The highest village in the Highlands and close to Lecht skiing with excellent walking nearby. The village is in the Glenlivet Estate.
Although the village is said to the highest in the Highlands, it is not actually the highest in Scotland - Wanlockhead!
The village was laid out in 1775 by the Duke of Gordon in a specific grid pattern. The village used to house around 1720 inhabitants but the numbers have fallen to around 350 in the last census.
The film "one Last chance" was filmed in the village in 2004.
The Gordon Arms Hotel saw significant improvement in the 1990s when it was lavished with funds from the media styled Lord Tony Williams. 'Lord' Williams spent at least £1 million on improving the hotel, and invested yet more money in other projects within the village. The wealth itself proved illusory: rather than a wealthy peer of the realmWilliams was a former Deputy Director of Finance in the Metropolitan Police and had used his talents to defraud them of £4.5 million. He was later sentenced to seven years in prison. After his arrest a 10 metre tall fibreglass Zulu was discovered in the hotel beer cellar – its purpose was never determined or explained.
There is a museum in the centre of the village run by the local trust which is well worth a stop - opening details on their website