Coastline and Islands

For many of our guests, a holiday just isn't complete without the sea. If you are among them, this selection offers you a choice of delightful properties where the ocean is on your doorstep. Step out of Port Donnel Cottage on to your very own beach on the Solway Firth; experience a traditional way of life in Beaton's Croft House in the north of the Isle of Skye; or enjoy fabulous sea views at Craggan Cottage and Ferry Cottage at Balmacara.

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Crovie Cottage, Crovie

  • Dates Available
  • 3 Star Very Good
  • Aberdeen & Grampian
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
This cosy, restored traditional fishing cottage dates from a time when the sea was the only mode of transport to and from Scotland's shores, and provided the livelihood for coastal communities. Perched on Crovie's unusual seashore rocky shelf the sitting room windows look out to the bay, enclosed north and south by magnificent cliffs.
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17th century wood panelling and an open fire complete Crovie Cottage's old sea dog charm. In the summertime, take to the private garden and make use of the cottage's barbeque.

 

Accommodation details



  • 2 storey


  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, 1 single, 1 box bed in sitting room


  • Sitting/dining room with sea view and open fire


  • Shower room


  • Kitchen


  • Private garden with patio and barbeque


  • WiFi


  • Fitted electric Dimplex heating


 

...Our guests said...

"...more and more reluctant to venture away from Crovie, preferring to sit in front of the cottage and watch the changing seascape and tides, the coming & going of fishing boats, and the glorious sunsets".

 

About the area

Crovie is a unique place, a conservation village created on a seashore ledge so narrow it has only enough room for the cottages built on it and a small footpath. The cliffs that stretch above it form the east side of Gamrie Bay; on the other side of the village is the sea.

 

Crovie comprises around 50 fishing cottages, most of which date back 150 years or more, and is one of the best preserved fishing villages in Europe. A pebble beach to the west end of the winding path leads to the next village, Gardenstown, one mile away. Look out for bottlenosed dolphins along the way.

 

Things to do



  • Sample Cullen Skink in the town it hails from. The traditional smoked haddock soup is a hearty winter warmer. Cullen village is just over 20 miles away.


  • Tee off in one of the area's 50 nearby golf courses, and re-charge your batteries afterwards in Gardenstown's 18th century inn.


  • See how the other half lived at Fyvie Castle, just over 25 miles away. Sculpted turrets and fine tapestries give the castle a fairytale feel and it is steeped in local legends and myths.


 

Getting there

From Banff head through Macduff on A98 towards Fraserburgh. 0.50 mile after Macduff take B9031 left turn Gardenstown. 8 miles later take Crovie turn to left.

 

This cottage is privately owned. Please note that bookings are restricted to full weeks only (Saturday to Saturday), short breaks are not available at this property. The entry time to the cottage is from 5pm onwards on day of arrival. Parking is available for residents and their guests at the north-west end of the village. Parking in high season can require skill and patience. If the lower car park alongside the village is full, there is additional parking on the road to the village - luggage can be off-loaded at the bottom and taken by wheelbarrow (stored in the back garden). < Hide

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Ardlochan Lodge, Culzean Castle

  • Dates Available
  • 4 Star Excellent
  • Glasgow, Ayrshire, Argyll & Arran
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
Situated just a stones throw from the golden beach at Maidens on the Culzean coast in Ayrshire is this pretty little lodge house - the last remaining gate house on the Culzean Castle & Country Park estate.
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Recently modernised and renovated to a high standard, Ardlochan Lodge opened in April 2016

 

Accommodation details



  • Single storey


  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double and 1 twin bedroom (can be converted to double if required)


  • Sitting room with wood-burning stove


  • Under floor heating


  • Open plan kitchen, with patio doors leading to patio area and spacious garden


  • Bathroom with shower over bath


  • Parking adjacent to cottage


  • EPC Rating: E50




 

About Culzean Castle

Monumental, romantic and splendid, Culzean Castle was designed by Robert Adam in the 1770s on one of Scotland's most dramatic clifftop sites. The Armoury, the Library, the famous crimson oval staircase; all are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.

 

228 hectares (565 acres) of Country Park surrounding the castle offer a variety of countryside to explore, including clifftop and woodland walks.

 

About the area

Maybole is the closest town, an ancient village established in the 12th century. As well as a Victorian town hall and a 17th century castle, the High Street has a range of shops and amenities.

 

Ayrshire is famous for its golf courses including Turnberry, Royal Troon and Old Prestwick. Fishing, cycling, horse riding and clay shooting are also available nearby.

 

Things to do



  • Spend a day losing yourself in Culzean's massive grounds. Spot the Ice House, the Swan Pond, visit the Deer Park and adopt a deer, or explore the rock pools on the beach.


  • Alloway is only a short drive away. Learn about Scotland's National Bard at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, then follow in the footsteps of Tam O'Shanter and visit Alloway's 'auld haunted kirk'.


  • There's not much left to see, but the nearby clifftop ruin of Turnberry Castle is steeped in medieval history. It's said Robert the Bruce's mother held his father captive here until he agreed to marry her, and the castle is widely held as King Robert's birthplace. The ruin is old and unstable; take great care if exploring.




Getting there

Culzean is 12 miles south of Ayr, 4 miles west of Maybole.

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Brewhouse Flat, Culzean Castle & Country Park

  • Dates Available
  • 3 Star Very Good
  • Glasgow, Ayrshire, Argyll & Arran
  • 4
  • 2
  • Not allowed
Perched on an Ayrshire clifftop, Culzean Castle is second to none for grandeur. This circular former brewhouse lies in the castle's West Wing and supplied the estate workers with their staple drink of beer until Victorian times.
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The brewery was added to Culzean in the 1780s. 100 years later however the 3rd Marquess of Ailsa decided to make way for his preferred tipple and changed it into a wine cellar.

 

Enjoy spectacular sunsets over the bay and let the crash of the waves lull you to sleep.

 

Accommodation details



  • One storey basement flat - 23 steps down to the flat which we regret is not suitable for anyone with mobility issues.


  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double (can be converted to twin), 1 twin


  • Sitting/dining room


  • Kitchen


  • Bathroom with shower over bath


  • Electric night storage heating


  • Immersion water heating


  • Children will require supervision when playing outside the flat, due to the cliff edge


  • Private parking for 2 cars


  • Public transport accessible


  • EPC Rating: E54




 

About Culzean Castle

Monumental, romantic and splendid, Culzean Castle was designed by Robert Adam in the 1770s on one of Scotland's most dramatic clifftop sites. The Armoury, the Library, the famous crimson oval staircase; all are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.

 

228 hectares (565 acres) of Country Park surrounding the castle offer a variety of countryside to explore, including clifftop and woodland walks.

 

About the area

Maybole is the closest town, an ancient village established in the 12th century. As well as a Victorian town hall and a 17th century castle, the High Street has a range of shops and amenities.

 

Ayrshire is famous for its golf courses including Turnberry, Royal Troon and Old Prestwick. Fishing, cycling, horse riding and clay shooting are also available nearby.

 

Things to do



  • Spend a day losing yourself in Culzean's massive grounds. Spot the Ice House, the Swan Pond, visit the Deer Park and adopt a deer, or explore the rock pools on the beach.


  • Alloway is only a short drive away. Learn about Scotland's National Bard at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, then follow in the footsteps of Tam O'Shanter and visit Alloway's 'auld haunted kirk'.


  • There's not much left to see, but the nearby clifftop ruin of Turnberry Castle is steeped in medieval history. It's said Robert the Bruce's mother held his father captive here until he agreed to marry her, and the castle is widely held as King Robert's birthplace. The ruin is old and unstable; take great care if exploring.




Getting there

Culzean is 12 miles south of Ayr, 4 miles west of Maybole. < Hide

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