Romantic Holidays in the Cairngorms

Acorn Bothy Alford Aberdeenshire AB33 8DJ

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Perfect for Romantic Holidays in the Cairngorms and self-catering in Aberdeenshire this beautiful well equipped Holiday Cottage on the edge of the Cairngorm’s is the ideal breakaway for couples – seeking peace and quality time in the countryside, and for the more serious walkers and country lovers seeking a quality holiday accommodation on a budget.

This is the perfect location for couples wanting a romantic break away while touring Aberdeenshire and the Cairngorms – including the world famous Whisky Trail, there is a dry ski slope in the nearby village of Alford plus easy access of the more serious Lecht Ski resort. The area is also ideal for walking, golfing, cycling, following the Castle Trail and exploring the rugged coastline to the North and it’s pretty fishing villages.

The friendly picturesque village of Alford is only a couple of miles away, with Shops and local facilities, Westhill is a little more lively taking around 15 minutes by car and within half an hour you can reach the popular tourist centres of Banchory and Aboyne. The Granite City of Aberdeen is approx 20 minutes drive away.


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  • Cottage, 2 up to 3, Detached, Countryside Location, Fridge / Freezer, Washing / Dryer, Dishwasher, Car Parking, TV / DVD, WIFI, ipod Dock, Oil Central Heating, Bedding and Towels, NO Pets, Local Ski slope.

  • The locality of Alford by the River Don

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    The friendly village of Alford on the banks of the Don, originally gave its name to a battle ! “the Battle of Alford” (1645). It is also the home of the world popular Aberdeen Angus cattle breed, which is celebrated by a life-sized model of a bull on the edge of the town. Another claim to fame for the town is the world famous Alford Oatmeal, ground at Montgarrie, just outside the town.

    Due to Alford’s relative isolation and large catchment area, there are a large number of services in the village, including three banks, a supermarket, three garages, a bakery and a wide range of other shops. There is also a dry ski slope, swimming pool and public library. There is also “The Alford Valley Railway”, Grampian Transport Museum, Alford Heritage Centre and Craigievar Castle. Other attractions include a range of other archaeological sites, stone circles, and castles (including Balfluig Castle, Castle Fraser and Drum Castle) being within easy reach by road. Situated in Alford, Haughton Country Park is a large and popular green space with a caravan park and woodland walks. The 18 hole Alford Golf Club is an attractive and pleasant course which has a large local membership.

    Welcome to the Cairngorms Grampian and Moray

    The Cairngorms Nation Park to the south offer spectacular panoramic mountain views and unlimited activities. Sample whisky nosing in Dufftown, enjoy historic Scottish castles, idyllic fishing villages to the North or beautiful empty beaches in Moray, Grampian, The Cairngorms is Britain’s largest national Park and has the largest area of arctic mountain landscape in the UK at its heart, with diverse communities around it. It is home to 17,000 people and 25% of Britain’s threatened birds, animals, and plants. It includes moorlands, forests, rivers, lochs and glens. Ben Rinnes at 840m is the highest hill in the area, with outstanding views to the Cairngorm mountains and the Moray Firth coast at Lossiemouth. To the North lies Aberdeenshire and some of the most wonderful rural scenery to offer for you and your family including pretty coastal villages like Gardenstown, Cullen, Findochty, Portsoy and Banff. Stunning beaches all along the Moray Firth coast including Findhorn, Rose Isle and Hopeman. The Moray Firth coast is also haven for wildlife, and you can often see dolphins, seals, otters, whales and falcons throughout the year. Roughly one half of its border consists of amazing coastline ranging from the awesomely rugged to the most wonderfully beautiful. The sunsets on the Moray coastline in themselves are renowned for their beauty as many a visitor will testify, its Northerley latitude and position making it a good place to even see the mysterious “Aurora Borealis” Northern lights. So If you are looking for a relaxing holiday, somewhere to wind down and relax, then look no further, this accommodation offers you that and so much more.

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    Localities of Huntly, Dufftown and Tomintoul

    Huntly the most local town, has a beautiful Castle as well as supermarkets, Shops, restaurants and gift shops. Huntly formerly known as Milton of Strathbogie is well known for Huntly Castle a beautiful castle overlooking The Gordon Schools. It also is the home of the famous Deans bakers which produce world-famous shortbread biscuits. There is salmon and trout fishing on the Rivers Deveron and Bogie, which are administered by the River Deveron Salmon Fisheries Board To the West is Dufftown heart of the Whisky trail and also the highest village in the highlands “Tomintoul” these attractive places have a selection of food and gift shops one with a great selection of scottish gifts. On the way to Dufftown is the excellent 18 hole Golf course. Dufftown also has an excellent butcher, baker and a well known kilt maker. Tomintoul the highest village in the highlands has a selection of food and gift shops including with a great selection of Scottish gifts. The Croft Inn pub, with excellent beer is about 2 miles from the cottages.

    Skiing holidays in Scotland

    Apart from the local dry Ski slope in Alford, there is also the Lecht ski resort www.lecht.co.uk within easy reach Tel (01975) 651440. This fantastic activity centre is best suited to beginners and intermediates, featuring an exellent Dry Ski slope. The longest natural run being 900m, there is also a network of short lifts on both sides of the A939 Cockbridge – Tomintoul road. Straddling the A939 on the famous Cockbridge to Tomintoul road, the Lecht 2090 sits feet above sea level amid the beauty of the Eastern Cairngorms. This natural playground offers exciting outdoor activities throughout the year from Deval Karts / ride (incl. Uplift), Quad Bikes / session, Fun Karts / session, Kiddie Karts / session, Chairlift / return ride, Summer Ski or Board.

    Aberdeenshire and Moray – their Fantastic Coastlines

    Aberdeenshire has some of the most wonderful rural scenery to offer for you, along with the pretty local village of Gardenstown, there are also the coastal villages of Cullen, Findochty, Portsoy and Banff. So If you are looking for a relaxing holiday, somewhere to wind down and relax, then look no further, this accommodation offers you that and so much more. The Moray Firth coast is also haven for wildlife, and you can often see dolphins, seals, otters, whales and falcons throughout the year. Roughly one half of its border consists of amazing coastline ranging from the awesomely rugged to the most wonderfully beautiful. The sunsets on the Moray coastline in themselves are renowned for their beauty as many a visitor will testify, its Northerly latitude and position making it a good place to even see the mysterious “Aurora Borealis” Northern lights.

    The Wildlife and Nature in this region

    This is also a fantastic area for viewing birds, wildlife and wild flowers. After you have enjoyed the resident rabbits, sheep, buzzards and deer, you can explore further within this area and see Stags, Rut and Mountain Hare. With winter good timing Stoat visitors including Fieldfare, Redwing, Snow Bunting, Waxwing and Brambling. Many birds including Flocks Pink Footed Goose, Whitefronted Goose, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose visit the Cairngorms every year. Also Badgers, Red Squirrel, Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, and Long Eared Owl, Pipstrelle, Long Eared Bats.

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    The Moray Whisky Trail and the Highland Games

    Dufftown is famous for 2 annual Whisky Festivals in May and September Dufftown is at the very heart of the Malt Whisky Trail. Whisky nosing and tasting sessions can be arranged all year at the Dufftown Whisky Shop. A chance to sample 6 different whiskies and to learn what makes them so different. The annual Whisky Festivals are: the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival from Friday 28 April – Monday 1 May and Autumn Speyside Whisky Festival 22 -25 September. From May to September each year, there are whisky nosings on Tuesday evenings and Ceilidhs on Thursday evenings. The Glenfiddich distillery is open to the public (free) while close by is the picturesque ruined Balvenie Castle with it’s renaissance facade maintained by Historic Scotland. Other local distilleries to visit and whiskies to taste include Macallan, Glen Grant, Glenfarclas, the Glenlivet (free tours), Aberlour and Cardhu. Each year the village of Braemar, Scotland invites people from all over the world to attend the Braemar Gathering and Highland Games. The Gathering is always held on the first Saturday in September and it is perhaps the most famous and finest Highland Games anywhere. It features the finest Pipe Bands, pipers, Highland dancers, and athletes in a beautiful setting surrounded by hills. The patron of the Gathering is Her Majesty the Queen

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    Scottish Castles

    In this area there are literally dozens of Castles to visit from Ballindalloch Castle near Aberlour on the river Spey to Balmoral a beautiful drive over the mountains to Royal Deeside where you are spoilt for choice with Drum, Crathes, Craigevar or castle Fraser. Between Forres and Nairn is Brodie and Cawdor Castles and to the east of Dufftown is the ruined Huntly castle and close to Turiff is Fyvie castle above with its 5 towers and 5 centuries of history, further a field castles such Balmoral, Braemar, Crathes and castle Urquhart on Loch Ness or cities such as Aberdeen, Elgin, Forres and Inverness are easily accessible.

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    Evenings out and local area information

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    The friendly village of Alford on the banks of the Don, originally gave its name to a battle ! “the Battle of Alford” (1645). It is also the home of the world popular Aberdeen Angus cattle breed, which is celebrated by a life-sized model of a bull on the edge of the town. Another claim to fame for the town is the world famous Alford Oatmeal, ground at Montgarrie, just outside the town.

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    Romantic Breaks in the Cairngorms – Accommodation

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    Acorn Bothy Sleeps 2 up to 3

    Acorn Bothy is your home from home.

    The Lounge – With two sofas, put your feet up and watch your favourite TV shows from the Freeview LED

    flat-screen, or buckle up to watch a DVD, chill out to a CD or settle down to a book.

    The Double Bedroom – Spacious, roomy, luxurious double bedroom, plenty of storage from the double built-in wardrobes. Luxurious double bed with matching bedside tables. Radio alarm on one side, iPod/iPhone player on the other. Duck down duvet, plus synthetic version if required.

    The Kitchen – enjoys all essentials fully stocked with pots, pans, crockery, cutlery and utensils, plus washing machine, Calor gas hob and oven, dish-washer, fridge-freezer, microwave, Iron / ironing board, Hairdryer and hair straighteners and a Variety of books, games, CDs & DVD’s are all included.

    There is also a full-length feature window that doubles as a door, so you can have your meal ‘al fresco’ and still be indoors.

    The Shower room – is spacious with plenty of natural light, heated towel rail, powerful mixer shower and shaver point. The Garden area – south facing, enjoying the best of the sun all day, and with a seated area angling West, it’s a perfect place to catch the sunsets. The garden area is stocked with a glittering selection of shrubs, alpine and border plants.

    Location Notice – Acorn Bothy nestles in the shadows of Oakwood house, occupied by the owners of Acorn Bothy. But we’re great believers in giving you your space and privacy… so whilst you’re in the Bothy, you can come and go at will.

    Pets and Smoking sorry…but we don’t allow pets, or allow smoking in Acorn Bothy. Of course, you’re free to smoke outside.