The Area

Gardenstown is the largest of three fishing village on this stretch of coastline, with the smaller neighbours of Pennan and Crovie being the other two. The nearest town is Macduff, approx eight miles away and also Banff. Going the opposite direction you come to Fraserbugh approx 12 miles away, which is still one of the main fishing ports of the UK, as is Peterhead further down the coast. Both of these towns have reached fame over the past few years as the home of the TV programme “The Trawlermen”. Get up early in the morning and visit the fish markets as the day’s catch is landed.

Within easy travelling distance there are numerous distilleries and castles to view, either on your own or follow the tourist Castle and Whisky trails. Tourist attractions nearby for a rainy day include the The Aquarium at Macduff, with a live link to the Gannet colony at Troup Head. Duff House in Banff is worth a visit, while in the other direction try the Lighthouse Museum at Fraserburgh. In good weather there are more beaches and natural coastal walks than you could wish for, it would take at least a month staying in the area to do them justice. Above all, the natural beauty of this unique corner of Scotland alone is well worth the visit. Clean, fresh air, straight off the sea, from the Moray Firth at Gardenstown to the west or the North Sea in the east.

Macduff Aquarium

Situated on Aberdeenshire’s scenic coast in the traditional fishing town of Macduff, Macduff Marine Aquarium features marine life from the Moray Firth, Scotland’s largest bay.
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Duff House

Duff House is worth a visit to see an assortment of art collections which are on display throughout the year.
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Moray Firth Dolphins

Do bring binoculars to study the seabirds and to look for the school of dolphins which are resident in the Moray Firth – all from the sitting room window.


Heading inland slightly you will find many castles, all within easy driving distance from Gardenstown.
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Around the Area

Banff 8 miles
Fraserburgh 12 miles

Aberdeen Airport – approx one hour’s drive
Aberdeen Station – approx one and quarter hour’s drive

Golf Course
Macduff, 8 miles, also courses at Banff, Fraserburgh and Turriff

Eating Out
Small hotel with pub and serving food, and small restaurant at harbour – both 5 mins walk

Coastal walks starting right at the front door
Fishing Boat trips
Gannet Colony at Troup Head
Dolphins in the Moray Firth
Duff House
Lighthouse Museum
Castle and Whisky Trails
Aquarium at Macduff
Royal Deeside

Ideal for a romantic break…

Get away from it all and stay in Seafront or Gannet Cottage