With wonderful views overlooking Gourdon Harbour to one side and the open ocean to the other, Gowan Bank (formerly Heron House) offers well-appointed comfortable accommodation with a twin and a double room, travel cot, newly refurbished kitchen and relaxing lounge. Gowan Bank has a small 'sun trap' deck behind the property, a large book exchange and speedy Wifi along with a television and DVD player, a coffee machine and a dining table with an amazing view out to sea. The owner has supplied maps and local information and knows the local area well.
Gourdon is situated between Aberdeen and Dundee on the North East Coast of Scotland. Around the local area are walks, mountain biking, bird watching, skiing, castles, beaches, swimming pools within 10 miles each direction and museums, historical fishing villages and larger towns. (see below)
Aberdeen and Dundee (both an hour by bus, 45 mins by car) offer cinemas, good shopping, larger museums such as Discovery Quay which contains Captain Scott's RSS Discovery, and all the amenities of the city, with good transport links in both directions. Both cities have airports and car hire availabilty.
Gourdon itself is a small fishing village with a working harbour and has a shop, fish and chip restaurant, the lovely Harbour Bar (directly opposite), local fish shops on the harbour itself, coastal walks in either direction, playparks and a tennis court, that locals are in the process of renovating. One mile away in Inverbervie there are further cafes, restaurants and shops, a reliable local taxi firm, Bervie Cabs, and a small supermarket. Gowan Bank would make an ideal Writers' or Artists' retreat or a great place to use as a base to explore the surrounding area.
Just a few of the local attractions.... Stonehaven, 10 miles to the north has the only heated outdoor swimming pool in Scotland and the amazing Fireballs Ceremony at New Year, plus the Tollbooth Museum and Dunottar Castle, one of the most breathtaking castles in Scotland. In Arbroath, you can visit Arborath Abbey, the lighthouse museum, in Montrose there is an Air Heritage museum, with lots of interest for everyone. St Cyrus has miles of unspolit golden sandy beach and a nature reserve. There is lots to do in the local area for children. If the weather is mixed there are many indoor play centres and other attractions. To the north is Banchory, Ballater, home of Balmoral and the hills...
We regret that pets are not allowed at Gowan Bank.