Current Projects

The Smugglers Hostel


The Smugglers Hostel in Tomintoul was taken over by the Development Trust in April 2013. It had previously been operated by the Scottish Youth Hostel Association (SYHA), with the building on a lease from Moray Council. When SYHA indicated they wanted to close the hostel, the community were keen to retain the facility, therefore, the Development Trust set about creating a viable business plan and proposal to transfer the lease into their name.

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Musuem & VIC


As many of you may be aware, Moray Council made a decision last year to withdraw their funding for the Museum. As a result, the Development Trust worked on developing a viable business plan for the VIC & Museum that would allow the facility to be retained within the village and also further develop the existing displays and collection within the Museum. As a result, the facilities opened its doors once again on the 1st of May.

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The Heritage Lottery Fund bid is a partnership project, with the Cairngorms National Park Authority acting as the lead partner. Other local individuals and agencies supporting in development and delivery include the Development Trust, The Crown Estate, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Spey District Salmon Fisheries Board and the Spey Catchment Initiative.

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Landscape Gateway is a project that was initiated by the Cairngorms National Park Authority and The Crown Estate, using shovel ready funding that was made available from the Scottish Government. The overall aim of the project is to deliver a more welcoming and visually appealing entrance gateway to Tomintoul that would entice people into the village by opening up views of the village and the surrounding landscape.

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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, the Development Trust are bringing the area to life with events and festivals of all kinds.

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TGDT were chosen as one of the six pioneer communities for the Community Broadband Scotland programme at the end of 2012. This allows the community to develop a community led broadband solution for properties that will not benefit from the Step Change programme that will see properties throughout Scotland benefit from superfast broadband by 2020.

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