Suil na Mara
House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 3
Suil na Mara is situated in the village of Gardenstown, which lies on the attractive north coast of Aberdeenshire. Here you can discover pretty churches and cottages, castles and cliff-top walks, seabirds and quiet beaches. The house hugs the steep cliffs on the south-east side of Gamrie Bay. There is a harbour and a sandy beach.
Suil na Mara sleeps three. It has one double bedroom with en-suite shower room and one single bedroom.
Coal for the open fire is provided. Oil-fired Central Heating. Bed linen and towels are provided. One dog is welcome by arrangement at a charge of £20.
The property is a unique former fisherman's cottage, set in a wonderful location just 50 metres from the sea. It has sea views from each floor at the front of the house. From the top floor there is a stunning panoramic view over Gamrie Bay, set between More Head and Crovie Head, where you may catch a glimpse of the dolphins and seals that often swim in the bay. You may also experience one of the beautiful sunsets over the sea.
The village has a pub, a harbour-side restaurant and a tea-room all within a short walking distance. The village shop is at the top of the hill.
|Size||Sleeps up to 3, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (1), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
The Aberdeenshire region
Aberdeenshire has a blend of unspoilt countryside, dramatic coastline and a bustling, cosmopolitan city of Aberdeen. The area offers visitors everything from romantic castles to dramatic beaches. It has amazing wildlife and some of Scotland's most stunning scenery.
The Castle Trail brings together 17 of Aberdeenshire's most iconic castles.You can visit some of the oldest whisky distilleries in the world and, and follow the Coastal Trail for miles of breathtaking cliff-tops, spectacular sunsets, secluded coves, beaches and historic lighthouses.
Discover tranquil nature reserves, and see fantastic birdlife and marine creatures.
Visit the impressive architecture and cultural delights of Aberdeen, Scotland's Granite City. Find out about its proud maritime history and thriving oil and gas industry. Aberdeen Art Gallery has one of the finest art collections in the country. You can enjoy live music, dance and theatre at venues across the city. Take in the city's splendid historic buildings and indulge in retail therapy at the shopping centres and independent boutiques.
Experience a wide variety of events and festivals throughout the year that celebrate everything from the region's seafaring heritage and unique dialect to internationally regarded arts festivals and centuries-old customs including the Stonehaven Fireball Ceremony and the Braemar Gathering.
Local Area Information
Gardenstown is a jumble of traditional fishing cottages, with a sandy beach with rock pools and a picturesque 19th century harbour. You can fish from the sea wall, enjoy a stroll along the water's edge or simply sit and enjoy the peace and quiet. If you want to explore further there are five local walks that take you along the sea and then up inland around ancient and working farmland. The village has a whale and dolphin research and rescue centre and a heritage centre. You can take a boat trip and explore the wide variety of wildlife along the Moray Firth coastline.
The village has a pub, a harbour-side restaurant and a tea-shop, all within a short walking distance of Suil na Mara. Both the pub and the tea-shop also sell local art and crafts. The village shop is at the top of the hill, which can be reached by following a series of footpaths and steps. At one end of the beach there is an attractive climb to the ruins of an ancient church and a magnificent view of the village. The Old Kirk of St John the Evangelist was built in 1513 to celebrate on that spot the defeat of invading Danes by local people in 1004. At the other end of the village visitors can walk along a cliff-side footpath at low tide to the hamlet of Crovie.
Gardenstown was founded in 1720 by Alexander Garden of Troup specifically as a fishing village. It is known locally as Gamrie, after the parish and the bay. Fishing is still the main industry.
In 2007, a TV series titled The Baron was filmed in and around the village. The series featured celebrities competing to win the hereditary title of Baron of Troup.
PLACES TO VISIT IN THE LOCAL AREA
The Gamrie Coast has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to its internationally important breeding seabird colonies, its diverse array of coastal flowers and the rocks which have helped to form our understanding of Scotland's geological history. The braes themselves are covered in spring and summer with primroses, red campion, meadow sweet and orchids. Fulmars nest on the cliffs and oystercatchers and eider duck can usually be seen close by. The high cliffs of nearby Troup Head provide a spectacular setting for Scotland's only mainland gannet colony. In spring and summer there are also thousands of guillemots, kittiwakes and razorbills, along with several other species, including puffins. You may even be lucky enough to see porpoises, minke whales or dolphins.
Along the coast are Pictish forts and Bronze Age sites.
Local Hero, directed by Bill Forsyth and starring Burt Lancaster, Peter Capaldi and Denis Lawson, was filmed in the nearby village of Pennan in 1982.
A short drive from Gardenstown takes you to the Tarlair Golf Club in Macduff and the Royal Duff House Golf Club in Banff, both of which are open to visitors. The village also makes a good base from which to explore the Whisky and Castle Trails.
In Banff you can also enjoy fine examples of Georgian and Victorian architecture, including Duff House, an outpost of the National Galleries of Scotland. In Macduff there is an award-winning Marine Aquarium. with a deep central exhibit which displays a living kelp reef, the only one of its kind in Britain and where divers hand-feed the fish on a regular basis.
Annual events in the Moray area include the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival at Portsoy and The Deveron Music Festival in Banff.
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