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Modern Fisherman's Cottage with Stunning Uninterrupted Views of the Moray Firth



Updated: 20-Nov-2016
Cottage in Findochty, Moray, Grampian, Scotland - Peaceful Location Directly Opposite Secluded Beach

This beautifully built modern property is directly opposite one of the best secluded sandy beaches in Findochty, and has stunning views of the Moray Firth. In the 1800's fishing was conducted from this natural inlet and this is also where the famous painting 'Home With The Tide' was painted by James Clarke Hook, which currently hangs in the Tate Gallery. The house provides the perfect place for relaxation and unwinding. Spend some time wandering through the historic fishing streets and walk along to the marina to watch it's creel and pleasure boats, then amble up to the cliff tops to take in the panoramic views or even a spot of dolphin watching! There are other beaches within easy walking distance and opportunities to be more active with cycling, golfing and sailing nearby.

  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We live in Aberdeenshire and have been holidaying in the area for many years as we have family living nearby. We fell in love with Findochty after spending many family holidays here. Our house is a real home from home for us and we love spending time here. We hope you will enjoy it and Findochty as much as we do.

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Guestbook comments from the manager

Valerie says: We loved our break at 1 The Hythe!

The location was great – fantastic sea views right across to the Black Isle and a great base for walking and travelling around the area.

The property itself was immaculately clean and tidy.

We would certainly return again, and definitely recommend it to family and friends.

Anita says: We really enjoyed our stay, the house was perfect, clean and well-equipped, and has the most amazing views to wake up to. We would definitely come back and highly recommend it for a peaceful getaway.

Kate says: Thank you for a wonderful week in your lovely house. What a great situation and I agree, the views from the windows on waking in the morning were fantastic.

Albert & Kath

We saw 1 The Hythe being renovated on a previous visit & thought what a wonderful place to stay,we were not disappointed.It is a perfect holiday location and beautifully kitted out. We would certainly recommend it to friends and hope to visit again later in the year. T
Oct 2010
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26 Reviews

based on 26 holidaymaker reviews



  • 5 of 5

Wonderful little cottage, great views, quiet location. We had a perfect week for recreation.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great cottage in fabulous Moray Coast

  • 4 of 5

We spent a great week on the Moray Coast during the first week in September, on our arrival we were delighted to see the cottage was as exactly portrayed in the advertisement. It was splendid inside and met all of our needs particularly as we were visiting with our Labrador dog. Ideally situated with a small bay directly opposite providing great views and wonderful sunsets over the sea.

We spent the days walking over the nearby cliff tops and beaches, the beach at nearby Cullen is exceptional,it was quiet and on some days deserted despite the fantastic late summer weather, our dog loved it.

The village of "Finechty" was smashing full of well cared for fisherman's styled cottages and pleasant harbour, everyone we met was welcoming and friendly. The nearby villages of Portknockie, Portsoy, Banff&Macduff, Gardenstown and Pennan were all visited and we enjoyed them all. We discovered some great pubs and restaurants and enjoyed the location of the Shore in Portsoy and the Pennan inn. The Gallery sea food restaurant at Whitehills harbour was fabulous,the menu there fantastic and food tastes delicious, well worth a visit or two. Also "Eat Mair Fish", a fish shop at Buckie harbour, great selection of fresh fish which also warrants repeated visits!

Our friends joined us for a couple of days and were as equ ally impressed with the cottage and surrounding area.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Hythe and Moray Coast and would recommend No.1 to our friends and colleagues.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Immaculate seaside cottage, ideal for a family holiday.

  • 5 of 5

We have just had a wonderful, relaxing holiday in this lovely modern cottage. The beach in front of the house was a great place for the boys to play with sand ,sea and rock pools just seconds from the front door. The small bay would be an ideal place for toddlers.

We were lucky enough to be there on the hottest day of the year and spent a fantastic day on the beautiful Cullen beach just a few miles along the coast. Followed by a barbecue in front of the house with entertainment provided by dolphins , seals and a magnificent sunset . It was very special.

When not at the beach we enjoyed walks on the cliff top and up the Bin Hill for some great views across the Moray Firth.

The house itself is immaculate ,spacious and very comfortable. The owner,Jacqui gave us all the information we required and was very quick to help when we thought we had left something behind.

The whole family wants to go back next year.

As mentioned by others the Portknockie chip shop is a must.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, modernised cottage with views of the Moray Firth

  • 5 of 5

Although this is not our first visit to Finechty, it is to this beautiful, modernised little cottage which has stunning views of the Moray Firth.

Although we had a few sunshine and showery days during our week, every day we have walked the harbour, beaches and cliff tops. But the best view was sitting opposite the cottage at the slip watching the fishing boats and Dolphins as they went by.

Locally we have visited Elgin - historic ruin of Elgin Cathedral, Spey Bay - beach an Scottish Dolphin Centre, Buckie - Fishing Heritage Centre and Buckie Seamen's Memorial Chapel, Portnockie - Bow Fiddle Rock, Cullen - beautiful beach (with a delicious ice cream shop in the high street), Portsoy and Banff.

We would highly recommend the Gemini Explorer Tour from Buckie Harbour. We took a trip on the second day of our holiday and saw both seals and Dolphins as well as the beautiful coastline. We also managed to see several seals at Portgordon especially at lower tide.

If you don't want to cook in the well equipped kitchen at the cottage and are looking for local places to eat (besides fish and chips - Cullen, Portnockie and Buckie), we would recommend the Rockpool Cafe and Restaurant, Cullen and Bijou by the Sea, Portessie. We did not eat at the Admirals Inn but did drop in for a drink!

Everywhere we visited was quite local so alot of our time was spent relaxing by the cottage where we met several of Findochty's residents who were all very welcoming and friendly.

"Wish you were here?", most definitely! Can't wait for my next visit.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely cottage, great view!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week here and loved the cottage and the views of the coastline. We're a family of 5, our toddler slept in the camp bed in the master bedroom which was fine, with both bedrooms having a great view of the sea. The cottage was well equipped and the owner was very helpful when we needed some assistance. The kids loved the fact that there is a sheltered beach immediately in front of the cottage, we also explored Spey Bay (dolphin centre), Macduff (aquarium), Banff (Duff House), Elgin, Nairn, Roseisle Beach (fantastic!), found the best play park ever at Whitehills to name a few places. I would recommend a week here. Thanks

  • Review Submitted: Jun 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
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Fantastic property and interior to a high standard, location perfect for the views overlooking sea.

  • 5 of 5

We wanted a property next to the sea with sea views. On arrival we were delighted with the location of the property and the outlook from the rooms.

The property is large and spacious and ideal for a relaxing break. In the property Jacqui has provided you with everything you need.

We walked along the coastal paths, fished off the harbour, drove to other coves and bays etc. visited baxters factory well worth the visit for shops and cafe there, also Johnstons cashmere factory worth a visit in Elgin, visited Loch Ness. If you are driving north or back down south recommend a visit the House of Bruar.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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From the Owner

We chose this property for its location as we all love to be beside the sea and you couldn't get much nearer than this! I can watch my kids playing on the beach from the house, they play there in the sun and in the snow! The view is great and I love that it is a very peaceful and calm location which is full of history. It's a great place to re-charge your batteries!

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Aberdeen at 80 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Admirals at 0.75 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Strathlene at 2 Kilometres Nearest Train : Keith at 12 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Admirals at 0.75 Kilometres Nearest Beach : The Hythe Car: necessary


The property is directly opposite a lovely secluded beach which has picnic benches and a BBQ. There are many other sand and pebble beaches within easy walking distance, the largest being the East Beach, 150m from the property, accessed off Duke Street. There is also The Moray Firth Coastal Trail, a walking network of 470 miles of coastline taking in some of the most spectacular Scottish scenery. A section of The Moray Coastal Cycle Route links Cullen to Portgordon and passes through Findochty.


Both Aberdeen and Inverness Airports are approx 60 miles from Findochty. The nearest train station is in Keith approx 20 mins away. The use of a car is recommended. Findochty is on the Aberdeen to Elgin coastal bus route.


Within walking distance there is a restaurant/bar, post office, mini supermarket with off-licence, pharmacy, hairdresser and children's play park (top of Morven Crescent). Buckie and Cullen are approx 3 miles away in opposite directions. They have shops, supermarkets, restaurants, banks, crafts, swimming pool (Buckie). Elgin is the nearest city, approx half an hour drive, with all the usual amenities.

Further Details:

The Buckie and District Fishing Heritage Museum is worth a visit and they are very welcoming and friendly! Baxters Highland Village in Fochabers, is where you can stock up on local produce, see an original Baxter's shop and sample their delicious food hall. Johnston's of Elgin is a must to purchase beautiful Arran, Fair Isle or Cashmere garments, again with a great restaurant. Macduff Marine Aquarium features marine life from the Moray Firth and you can see the divers hand feed the fish. There are lovely walks at the Fochabers Winding Woods and the Bin Hill, nr Buckie to name but a few. For the kids there are soft play centres in Banff and Lhanbryde, a swimming pool in Buckie and a Leisure Centre in Elgin which has a pool with water slides and an ice rink amongst other things. There is also ten pin bowling and a soft play area at Bowl 2000 in Elgin. For Mountain Bikers - check out the Moray Monster Trails in Fochabers!


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
29 Oct 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas & New Year
24 Dec 2016 - 30 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
New Year 2017
31 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Jan-March 2017
7 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
April-June 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Sept-Oct 2017
3 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
28 Oct 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
£100 per week (non refundable) deposit to secure your booking. Balance to be paid 5 weeks prior to let.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday. The period of hire will be from 4pm on the day of arrival to 10am on day of departure, unless otherwise agreed.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television ...


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...

Location Type

  • beach
  • near the sea
  • village
  • waterfront


  • bay
  • marina

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Large downstairs bathroom with WC, wash basin, deep bath and over bath Grohe power shower. Heated towel rail.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/5 Max 4 Adults or 2 Adults 3 Children Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with oak king sized bed and folding down single bed. Bedroom 2 with 2 oak single beds. Both bedrooms have stunning views of the Moray Firth and the beach. Hairdryer.


  • Golf ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: No smoking please. The property has full gas central heating and constant hot water which is included in the price. It is suitable for children and has it's own parking space. 1 well behaved dog welcome (not allowed on furniture) please advise on enquiry as a small cleaning surcharge may be applied. Outside: Small secure outside area to the rear which is suitable for securing outdoor equipment and clothes drying. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels, duvets and linen provided, please supply own beach towels. The cottage is cleaned to a very high standard in between guests. Other: Large cupboard under the stairs containing various board and children's games and book exchange. Hanging space for coats and storage area.

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