When Tomintoul was founded in the late eighteenth
century by Alexander, 4th Duke of Gordon, the Main Street was laid
out along the line of the public road, which at that date comprised
a stretch of the military road built in the 1750s to link Coupar
Angus and Fort George.
The street is unusually wide, measuring
approximately 13m across. The house plots laid out along its length
were also unusually broad, each plot measuring 22m in width, giving
rise to the 'house-cum-half-house' plan characteristic of Tomintoul.
The original terms of the feu stipulated that the houses were to
be built facing the street, but some evidently disregarded this
instruction and built them with their gables end-on to the street.
Some of the cottages on Main Street are
of early nineteenth-century date, forming part of an early phase
in the village's history.