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Gaelic: Tom an t-Sabhail
Scots: Tamintowl
Grid reference: NJ165185
Location: 57°15’4"N, 3°22’41"W
Population: 322  (2001)
Postcode: AB37
Dialling code: 01807
Local Government
Council: Moray

Tomintoul is a village in the parish of Kirkmichael, Banffshire. The name comes from the Gaelic Tom an t-Sabhail,[1] meaning "Hillock of the Barn".

It is said to be the highest village in the Highlands, but at 1,132 feet is still much lower than the highest village in Scotland (Wanlockhead, in Dumfriesshire).

The village was laid out on a grid pattern by the 4th Duke of Gordon in 1775. It followed the construction, twenty years previously, of a military road by William Caulfeild – now the A939. By 1841 the parish reached a population of 1,722. In 1951 this had fallen to just 531. The 2001 census reveals a village population of 322.

The 2004 film |One Last Chance[2] starring Kevin McKidd and Dougray Scott was filmed in the village and the areas around it.

Despite its small size, it is on the famed Whisky Trail, which also includes Dufftown, Keith, Tomnavoulin, and Marypark. The surrounding countryside forms the Glenlivet Estate.


  1. Duwe, Kurt C. (December 2011). Gàidhlig (Scottish Gaelic) Local Studies. 21 (2nd ed.). Retrieved 2014-11-27. 
  2. One Last Chance at the Internet Movie Database

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