Rental basis: Entire house or apartment
Number of bedrooms: 3; Number of other rooms with beds: 0
Number of bathrooms: 1
About The Cottage
Sea lions in the Moray Firth, ScotlandThe Cottage sits high above the small sheltered harbour and overlooks the panoramic view of the moray firth. It is within walking distance of the centre of the village and is handy for the pharmacy and chip shop and hotels.
It is completely detached and sits cosily in its own grounds with its own drying area, paths and also a patio where one can sit out and enjoy the sea breeze and have a BBQ. The cosy family accommodation comprises 3 double bedrooms. The The living family room houses a wood burning stove and there is gas central heating for the faint hearted! The kitchen has a large double range gas cooker with twin electric grill and ovens, washing machine and a large fridge freezer. The gas central heating boiler is also housed in a cupboard in the kitchen. The bathroom has a walk in shower and a jaccussi bath where one can relax after a long day on nearby Cullen beach or indeed boating or fishing in the sea. In the winter time a trip to Aviemore Ski centre should always be a must where there are plenty winter activities going on! There is a walking and cycling route passing through the village which will take you around the magnificent coast!
Dogs are welcome but please keep them under control at all times whether in The Cottage or in the garden
You are within walking distance to the superb beaches where dolphins and seals can sometimes be spotted along with a large variety of birds. Children can play happily on the beach or explore the free range dunes area.
Map of Scotland showing the location of PortknockiePortknockie is a beautiful fishing harbour and is steeped with local folklore and history.
There are beautiful sandy beaches nearby with stunning coastal walks along the outstanding Moray Coast. The village hosts a village shoppie, pharmacy, chip shop and two hotels.
The Moray Coast which is famous for its mild climate is surrounded with sporting estates, trout and salmon fishing from the harbour wall, for golf lovers there are several golf courses nearby, also shooting, cycling and walking which all enhance the ambience of the area.
Elgin and Forres are both a short drive away with Inverness and Aberdeen only about an hour away. There are direct links to major cities such as Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and London – there is a local bus services supplying the local towns.Portknockie
Overlooking Portknockie HarbourPortknockie is a cliff top town overlooking the Moray Firth. Once a significant herring–fishing centre it still retains the charm of its heritage clustered around its fine harbour.
The remains of a Pictish castle found on the rooftops witness early settlement at this location. Although a town of 1,290 residents, Portknockie is essentially a residential community with few business premises.
The old seatown around the harbour features traditional, turn of the century housing in north–south rows, which is designated an Outstanding Conservation Area. Council built houses were established post WWII to the east while the growth of private bungalows has spread along the southern periphery of the town.
Portknockie has ideal and attractive views over the Moray Firth and its signature feature, Bow Fiddle Rock, pleasant cliff top walks to the adjoining towns of Cullen and Findochty and its heritage experience of the harbour and the old town.
The main commercial life is around the Square and Church Street, the main thoroughfare. Here can be found the Victoria Hotel, the Seafield Inn, the chemist’s, the butcher’s and the Portknockie Chippie. In Church Street there is a Mace food store with a post office and a general store selling newspapers and magazines. The Square has recently been landscaped and contains a signpost to local features. Church Street is the location of the newly developed Millennium Garden with seating and picnic facilities. There are also three hairdressers in the town and a taxi booking point. The harbour has moorings for yachts, which can enter and leave, at any state of the tides. These mooring pontoons were partly funded by Moray Badenoch and, Strathspey Enterprise. There is also a garage at the end of the harbour road. Just east of the harbour is a small development of business premises for the local builders and a MOT testing centre.
View of the coast from PortknockieThe town is well served by the route 305 Elgin to Aberdeen Bluebird bus service, which provides access to Buckie, the nearest large town. Portknockie also has a large park with children’s swings on its eastern edge, tennis courts and a bowling green, a caravan park and a number of meeting halls. There is also a paddling pool for summer use in the harbour.
Local groups meet regularly in these halls and they frequently feature fund raising events, such as coffee mornings, for local charities. In the planning stage is a centre which it is hoped will become and information point for visitors to Portknockie. Portknockie has a primary school and a busy playgroup run by a local committee.
The town has a Church of Scotland Kirk and a number of meeting halls for the Church of Christ and The Brethren. There is a cemetery, shared with Findochty, to the west of the town. Portknockie, along with Cullen and Deskford is a part of a Heritage Group which documents the traditions and practices of this area lest they be forgotten. It holds a very popular annual exhibition of its researches every year in neighbouring Cullen.
Portknockie has an elected Community Council, which meets monthly in the Primary School to manage local affairs. It also organises the annual Best Kept Garden competition for residents and hopes one day to encourage an “adopt a street” scheme in the town to ensure Portknockie will have a strong floral character. There is an active Amenities Group to run the annual Gala and other fund–raising events that benefit Portknockie. For the past year there has been a special Millennium sub–group to arrange special, one off events for the year 2000.