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1850's Stone Cottage, Open Views Of Countryside and wood burning range

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage in Aberlour, Nr. Elgin, Grampian, Scotland - Tranquil Location, Large Private Garden, 10 Mins Walk To Shops Restaurants And Local Pubs

Ruthrie cottage is a traditional stone built farm cottage on one level, located on the outskirts of Aberlour, Spey valley, the cottage has stunning views of the surrounding countryside and is only 5 minutes walk from the newly refurbished Dowans hotel. They will provide a secure facility for the storage of fishing rods overnight. The cottage has an original range cooker/ wood burning fire in the lounge and beautiful decor throughout. Ruthrie cottage is ideally located for a family or group of friends looking to fish on the River Spey, or to visit some of the 50+ distilleries along the whisky trail. The cottage location is ideally situated for a wide range of leisure activities, including golf, hill walking, country shops and fishing. The attractive town of Aberlour has excellent facilities and is famous for walkers shortbread and many whisky distilleries. There are 50 whisky distilleries within a 15 mile radius of the the town. Many of these distilleries are worth a visit as they have excellent visitor centres with plenty of tasting on offer. Aberlour village has a varied range of shops cafes and bars. There is an excellent cottage hospital for first aid and minor injuries. The local school also has a swimming pool which is open to the public. The cottage is ideal for walking the Spey side way, whisky tasting and a good base for the Lecht and Cairngorm ski area.

Property Manager
karen thomson
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
16 August, 2017

About karen thomson

I live in Glasgow with my 3 children, and our puppy fergus.

I love my home is in the west end of Glasgow, which has all the convenience of local amenities, and the hussle and bussle of city living. Having the cottage in Aberlour is the perfect escape.

I own a garden design and landscaping business, which takes up a lot of time. My children have grown up, so we rarely use our holiday home together, which is why after having exclusively used it ourselves for holidays for the last 11 years, I have decided to rent it out so other people can enjoy it too. I enjoy my home comforts, comfy sofas and beds, beautiful soft furnishings and quirky design details, the style of the cottage reflects this.

karen thomson purchased this cottage in 2002

Why karen thomson chose Moray

Why choose Ruthrie Cottage?

For many years, I walked past this disused cottage with my close friend Natalie, and our assorted brood of 7 small children between us. I always said,"one day I will buy that little cottage and restore it". And eventually I did!

This charming stone-built, semi detached cottage,once used by farm workers from the now disused Ruthrie Farm. The cottage was built in 1850 and is superbly located in the hills above Aberlour.

The cottage has an open outlook at the front across the hills, and to the side of the cottage there is a small distillery called Glenallachie, which has a beautiful pond, lit up at night and is surrounded by pine trees.

This can be seen from the patio.

Aberlour is a pretty village and has a host of fantastic activities in the surrounding area

What makes this cottage unique

The cottage has the original range cooker as a feature in the cosy lounge, in which you can burn logs.

The entire cottage has electric panel heaters to keep the cottage really cosy. All windows are double glazed.

The interior decoration is all my own work, picking up original furnishings that I really think make the cottage a special space to stay in.

This speyside cottage is ideally located for fishing parties, families, hillwalkers, skiers

There are beautiful beaches, within a 30 min. drive, and for those who enjoy hillwalking, you can take advantage of a host of walks.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Aberlour in Moray

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • The bathroom is putty coloured with tongue and groove clad walls and matching tiles. There is a large vanity unit, with back lit mirror, new shower unit and large heated towel rail. There are plenty towels and the bathroom is very cosy.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: bedroom 1 with king size bed, and large fitted wardrobe. bedroom 2 is more spacious with twin beds and lots of storage.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • ski lift pass
  • ski pass optional
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Notes on accommodation: Please contact me if a cot or high chair are required. The property itself is no smoking. Sadly pets are not permitted at Ruthrie Cottage. Outside: The garden is a simple large area, grassed and flat. There is a low stone wall to the front and side and a 1.2 metre high ranch style fence and farm gates to the rear. There is a large patio, table and chairs, and a small barbecue for use. The sun rises at the front of the cottage and sweeps round to the back at the large patio by 1pm, you can sit out till the sun goes down in this area. At night time the garden is lit by a blanket of stars and a soft light from the lights around the pond at the adjacent Glenallachie Distillery. There is very little traffic on the country road, the garden is very peaceful and quiet. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and bed linen are provided, cleaning and bedlinen is changed on a weekly basis. There is an abundance of fresh laundry and towels if you require extra at an extra cost. Toilet rolls and cleaning materials are all provided for your arrival.


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1850's Stone Cottage, Open Views Of Countryside and wood burning range
average rating of 4.5 based on 14 reviews

A lovey and homely cottage with everything that you need.

  • 5 of 5

Superb and very comfortable cottage, located in a beautiful setting with rolling countryside around you. Ideally located for those wanting to visit Speyside distilleries. 10 minute walk into Aberlour where you will find the famous Aberlour Distillery, local shops, takeaway, butcher, co-op, pub/bar etc. Lovely walks along the River Spey. Inverness and Aberdeen are about an hour away by car. Nearby Elgin has more shops. Would highly recommend this cottage and the owner, who is very friendly and helpful.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely cottage in a nice location

  • 4 of 5

A very enjoyable stay at the cottage. Cottage well equipped and comfy. Perfectly located to explore the surrounding areas

  • Review Submitted: May 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely cottage, shame about the open fire.

  • 4 of 5

The cottage was just what the dr. ordered and all we were hoping for. Beautiful, warm and welcoming. We had a white Boxing Day, which brought out the lovely cottage in it surroundings. We were a bit disappointed in that we couldn't use the fireplace as that was the main reason for choosing the property, but the heating did it's job well.

The deposit was returned a week or so after our return, with no problems.If you are hoping for an open fire, you might want to check with the owner first.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for sending a review, I must apologise for the fire. A guest had overloaded the burner and caused massive damage, I am still trying to get a repair done, on this 1890 range cooker. I understand that the cottage was decorated for Xmas and lights were placed in the fire, in the hope that this would make up for no fire.
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Lovely cottage

  • 4 of 5

The cottage was just what were hoping for. Beautiful, warm and welcoming.

The deposit was returned a week after our return, with no problems.If you are hoping for an open fire, you might want to check with the owners first that is it is working ok.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely little cottage shame you can't use the fire

  • 4 of 5

Lovely cottage, clean and comfortable, cosy and warm in a lovely peaceful location. Full heating but sadly not allowed to use the open fire in the living room, it has a large "do not use " sign across it. Also didn't realise there is no dining table so have to eat dinner on your lap. Confused about the no dogs policy on the website, as in the kitchen is a note telling you to use the blue towels to wipe your dog?! No instructions for using kitchen appliances and TV/Sky box, no instructions for anything in the cottage apart from dog towels and not to put anything on top of the microwave! Having said that it is a lovely cottage within easy reach of many distilleries and lovely walks. Dowans Hotel just down the road has lovely food and a fabulous whisky bar!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very nice!

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at Ruthrie Cottage last week. The location is close to many amenities (grocery store, restaurants, takeaway), distilleries and more. The house is well equipped and the beds comfortable. The only down side to our experience was that there is no table to sit at for meals. It would be nice to have even a fold out table somewhere as we had breakfast at the home everyday. Great experience - we'd return! Travelled as a couple with our baby.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review! The eating arrangements are more informal, due to the space available, We tend to sit around the large coffee table and also use the small tables as a back up. Or dine alfresco! hope it didn't spoil things for you, and hope to see you back sometime soon. best wishes Karen
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Special interest holidays:

Canoeing on the River Spey is a must, the 'Speyside Descent' is a classic highland adventure, taking you through the Cairngorms national park, all the way to the sea. The trip is suitable for experienced and novice canoeists.

The trip starts at Ballindalloch and can take you all the way to Spey Bay, where the river meets the sea. Equipment can be hired and instructors are also available to assist those who need it. The section between Ballindalloch to Aberlour is famous for its white water with rapids up to grade 2.

Aberlour is in the heart of Malt Whisky country on the famous Malt Whisky Trail.

This area is surrounded by many of the worlds best know distilleries such as Aberlour, Benrowmach, Cardow, Dallas Dhu, Glenfiddich, Glenvilet, Glen Grant, Glen Moray, Strathisla and Glenfarclas.

Please do a spot of tasting and see how barley is converted into whisky.


There are so many beautiful unspoilt beaches along the Moray coastline, best to head to Elgin and pick your beach from there, here are a few: Burghead, Cullen, Lossiemouth, Macduff.

They vary in distance, the nearest being approx 35 minutes drive from the cottage


The are 2 airports nearby, Inverness which is 1 hour 10 min, and Aberdeen which is 1 hour 15 min.

the nearest railway station is Elgin approx 25 minutes drive, Aviemore is 40 minutes drive.


The nearest main town is Elgin which is 25 mins drive.

Glasgow is 175 miles drive and takes approx. 3 hours 30 minutes.

Further Details:

Ruthrie cottage is ideally located for the Speyside Whisky Festival which runs from the 30th April till the 4th May.

It is located 10 mins walk from the newly refurbished Dowans Hotel, which has superb menu and whisky bar.

Iopage is 10 minutes drive from the recently refurbished 'Craigellachie Hotel', with its famous 'Quaich Bar', home to 1,000 different bottles of whisky.

Speyside is an 'anglers paradise', famous for excellent salmon and sea trout fishing. Aberlour is located on the middle section of the spey giving easy access to it. although local estates control most beats, daily and weekly permits are available from JAJ Munro fishing shop on aberlour main street , Hamish will give you a hand with permits and even a gillie if required.

day tickets cost around £30 and a weekly ticket around £200, fishing gear can be hired.

Glen of Rothes fishery provides excellent still water bank fishing at £20 day and on The Glenlivet Estate has wild brown trout available to fish.

If you enjoying touring around you could visit some of the many castles around the area, one of my favourite is Ballindalloch, approx. 20 minutes drive. Other castles can be found on the Aberdeen castle trail with 13 castles from Castle Fraser to Tolquhon castle.

There are many highland games throughout the summer. A memorable experience that everyone should see.

These are some of the dates

Tomintoul Games 19th July

Dufftown Games 26th July

Aberlour and Strathspey Games 2nd August

Grantown and Spey Games 24th August

Lonach Games 23rd August

Braemar Games 6th September


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Aberlour, Scottish Highlands & Islands

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
rate 3
24 Jun 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
rate 4
3 Sep 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:
Deposit required
All bookings must be paid in advance.
Changeover day from Saturday 16.00 to Sat 10am

Changeover Day:
The preferred changeover day is Saturday, but I can be flexible in off-peak season.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.