In line with our strategy to make Tomintoul and Glenlivet ‘a better place to live, work and play’, for both locals and visitors to the area, the Trust have also been working hard to develop a varied and unique events programme for Tomintoul and Glenlivet.
From motorcycles to single malts, Scottish sounds to cycling, TGDT are using events as a vehicle to extend the current tourism season, promote the area’s fantastic heritage, natural landscapes and active opportunities, increase visitor spend and generate further income for the Trust, which can then be reinvested back into our wide range of projects. It started with a bang in September 2013, with the first Tomintoul Motorcycle Pre-convention Gathering. This year, TGDT have delivered creative and exclusive events for this years’ Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, a new cycling festival, Rock&Road, and have added to the summer programme with an appearance by renowned band Skerryvore – described as “…the best evening Tomintoul has had in a long time…”
Events are a fantastic opportunity for the community to come together to showcase what Tomintoul and Glenlivet is all about and the Trust are keen for the community to get involved. After the first Pre-convention Gathering, a small committee was formed to help steer the event for 2014 and we hope that this can be replicated for the other festivals and events.
On Saturday 7th September 2013, Tomintoul played host to its first Pre-convention Motorcycle Gathering. Working in partnership with the Grampian Motorcycle Convention, the Trust hosted a day of bike displays, trade stands, wood carving and live music. The event attracted both locals and visitors from across Scotland – with our furthest travelled biker coming from the Isle of Lewis! The evening crowd were entertained in the Richmond Hall by ACDC tribute band DC79.
We have had a fantastic response to the event and would like to thank the community and local businesses for supporting it, whether it was lending us a hand to set-up (in the rain!) or attending to enjoy the sounds of DC79 – you’re support was much appreciated. The event was viewed as a pilot to test the market and generate income to invest in future projects. With fantastic feedback, over £10,000 generated for the local economy, and enquiries coming in for 2014, the Trust are now focused on turning this into a bigger and better annual event – we’ve already confirmed the best ACDC tribute in Europe – LiveWire!
TGDT had three unique events that caused a storm…
Spirits of the Glens was the most exclusive tour of the festival, with the five distilleries of the area opening their doors for an exclusive one day tour for 15 whisky enthusiasts. See what the critics had to say here.
Liquid Treasures invited festival visitors to explore the Tomintoul and Glenlivet area by searching for single malts from Glenfarclas, Tomintoul, Tamnavoulin, Glenlivet and Cragganmore distilleries, together worth over £600. The idea for the event was to showcase what the area has to offer; incredible walking and mountain biking trails, rich built and natural heritage, fantastic wildlife and some of the most breathtaking scenery in Scotland. It received rave reviews.
Hailing from the wild, wild Western Isles, ‘Scottish Dance Band of the Year 2013’ Trail West brought music to the Richmond Memorial Hall with their special blend of accordion, whistle, bagpipes, guitar and vocals, offering a fantastic twist on traditional ceilidh style.
Rock&Road Bike Festival took place from the 9th – 11th May with a weekend for mountain bikers, roadies, novices and families alike. In addition to a packed programme of guided rides, coaching and skills sessions, a demo day, live music, a trader’s market, BMX stunts, activities and entertainment and local food and drink, the Trust put efforts into creating two flagship events for the area: the Smugglers Soiree mountain bike race and the Spirit of the Glen Sportive.
Supported by Cairngorms National Park and The Crown Estate, the Trust worked closely with a wide range of partners to deliver a successful first festival and promote the area as a first class cycling destination in Scotland. Visit www.rockandroad.co.uk for more information. Bring on 2015!
Skerryvore stopped by in Tomintoul on their 2014 preview tour on Saturday 14th June. The multi-award winning folk-rock band packed out the Richmond Memorial Hall with locals and visitors who enjoyed “…one of the best bands Tomintoul has seen…” We hope to see them back in the future.
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