Sea View Cottage Moray Firth
This beautiful detached Moray Firth holiday Cottage has spectacular Sea views and Open
Fire with every modern self catering comfort. It's Patio doors opening out to the garden which overlooks the beach.
Less than 1 hour from Inverness & it's airport lies the village of Cumminston and Hopeman along the Shore for the Historic coastal town of Burghead. Here the sea according to its unceasing tides' rhythm calmly washes the coast.
Welcome to the historic Fortress town of Burghead on the beautiful Moray Firth Coastline, offering miles and miles of beautiful coastline to explore with numerous caves and ruins of castles providing homes for a wide range of wildlife. The cottage is situated on the seafront and there are views of the sea from most windows. The cottage has full central heating and offers an excellent touring base for the Moray Firth Coastline, The Cairngorms, Loch Ness and the Great Glen and the Northern Highlands.
From here you can gaze out to sea or along the coastline, catch a glimpse of Seals, sometimes Dolphins and maybe the mysterious "Aurora Borealis" Northern lights, it is said that one third of the whole worldwide marine life from Seals and Dolphins to fine Crab and Lobster are said to be preserved on the Moray Firth coastline.
Outdoors you can wander along the beaches, discover the sands of beautiful Rockpools and maybe an Otter or too, you can also admire the fishing boats and yachts at Burghead Harbour.
The historic Fortress town of Burghead known as the The Broch is located about 8 miles North-West of Elgin. It is built round a Peninsula projecting north-westward into the Moray Firth, meaning that most of the town has sea on 3 sides. Apart from it's lovely Harbour the modern day town offers a handful of traditional Pubs / Inns, Cafes, Restaurants a Bank, Supermarket and Post Office.
When the present day town was built between 1805 and 1809 it unfortunately destroyed in the process more than half of the site of an ancient Pictish hill fort. The defences of the Fort are still evident and carved slabs depicting bulls were found; they are known as the Burghead Bulls. A chambered well of some considerable antiquity was discovered in 1809 and walls and a roof were later added to help preserve it. Each year on January 11 a fire festival known as the Burning of the Clavie takes place; it is thought that the festival dates back to the 18th century.
"The Harbour and the surrounding Sandy Beaches"
Aberdeenshire, Moray and their fantastic coastlines
Aberdeenshire has some of the most wonderful rural scenery to offer for you, along with your Historic local village of Burghead, there are also the coastal villages of Cullen, Findochty, Portsoy, Gardenstown 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
"Picturesque is simply an under statement"
Views of Gardenstown's harbour, coastline and Pennan Harbour
The land border runs through tremendous countryside, craggy mountains and desolate moors all indicating the feast of wonder and enjoyment held within an area of outstanding natural beauty. Aberdeenshire is awash with history and historic buildings, Neolithic stone age circles, iron age Pictish carved standing stones, vitrified forts and medieval castles and keeps. Spend time touring the Moray cost, 16 miles away, with its picturesque fishing villages. fishing heritage centres, sea aquarium and historic harbours.
Just a short distance away the Cairngorm National Park has an excellent selection of Skiing walking and cycling trails including hill, forest and river walks.
Views of the Moray Firth coastline, its harbours and golden sands
The Historic City of Elgin
Less than 10 miles away and well worth a visit lies the Historic city of Elgin. This former cathedral city and Royal Burgh lies on the banks of the River Lossie and is the administrative and commercial centre for Moray. Elgin has all major high street shops, Supermarkets, Restaurants, Cafes, Inns, Leisure Centre and many Historic places of interest to visit including the beautiful Cathedral & St Giles church.
On the banks of the River Lossie the original Cathedral was built as far back as 1224. The foundation stone of the new Elgin Cathedral was ceremoniously laid with completion sometime after 1242. However for reasons unknown the building was completely destroyed by fire in 1270. The buildings which now remain as ruins date from the reconstruction following that fire. Elgin was first documented in the Cartulary of Moray in 1190. It was created as a Royal Burgh in the 12th century by King David I of Scotland and by that time had a castle on top of the present day Lady Hill to the west of the city.
Wildlife and Nature
The sandy coastlines of Morayshire and Aberdeenshire stretch from Stonehaven on the East coast to Nairn in the west. Short stretches of cliff run from Hopeman to Covesea and from Portknockie to Findochty and populations consist of Fulmars and Kittiwakes with a smaller number of Shags and Black Guillemots. The best rocky shores are between Burghead and Hopeman at Lossiemouth and between Portgordon and Findochty.
Inland the areas then extend southwards to the Cairngorm mountains. Nearly half of the land exceeds 250m altitude and is therefore upland in nature. With the higher hills exceeding 600m including the arctic-alpine Cairngorm plateau, home to Ptarmigan, Snow Bunting and Dotterel. The extensive lower moorlands hold a good variety of scarcer species such as Merlin, Twite, Ring Ouzel and Whinchat. Golden Plovers are locally numerous, joined by a few Dunlin in wetter bogs.
The extensive woodlands are largely composed of conifer plantations and in many areas these are sufficiently mature to have been colonized by Crested Tits, Siskins and crossbills. Capercaillies survive in small numbers. The younger moorland plantations hold breeding Black Grouse and Short-eared Owl and the Birchwoods of the upland glens ring with the song of Willow warblers, Tree Pipits, Redstarts and Spotted Flycatchers in spring.
Winter waders include Purple Sandpipers in the muddy estuaries and the wide expanse of Findhorn Bay. In the Lossie and Spey rivers a wide variety of wildfowl, gulls and terns feed and roost on the estuaries and fishing ospreys are a regular feature in summer.
Offshore, Burghead Bay and Spey Bay are well known for their flocks of wintering sea ducks with impressive rafts of scoters, Long-tailed Ducks and Eider. You will find some great viewpoints along the way, in particular looking over the broad sweep of Cullen Bay with its lovely golden sand and the Fiddle Rock - a curiously shaped rock formation - and past the opening known as the Whale's Mouth.
Fishing the Rivers Deveron, Spey & Findhorn
Two wonderful rivers, the Spey and the Findhorn, lend much to the character of the area and many smaller rivers and streams drain the interior into the Moray Firth. Typical breeding species are Dipper, Grey Wagtail and Common Sandpiper. Goosanders inhabit the smaller upland tributaries with a few Red-breasted Mergansers breeding on the lower reaches. There is relatively little standing water in Moray & Nairn but Lochs Oire, na Bo, Loy and Spynie provide winter wildfowl interest; Loch Spynie in particular holds a spectacular winter goose roost, and a rich wetland breeding bird community in summer. The Deveron River, situated at Turriff is mid way between the river mouth at Banff and the headwaters above Huntly and offers the angler some of the finest salmon and trout fishing in Scotland. Bookings can be arranged via Frank and Carol Henderson, Turriff Tackle & Trophies Tel 01888 562428. Aberdeenshire also supports two other fine rivers the Dee and the Don and sea fishing can be obtained on the Moray Coast.
Aden Park (left) and the historic listed Cullen viaduct (right)
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 Whisky Festivals in 2006 are: the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival from the last Friday in April and Autumn Speyside Whisky Festival is the last weekend in September.
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
Glenfiddich Distillery a fantastic experience free of charge!!
Wester Ross and Ross-shire
To the West is Ullapool and Wester Ross, providing riches beyond your wildest dreams and Pictures that tell a thousands of words. Again within a day you easily can tour Wester Ross and the beautiful landscape of the north-west Highlands
So where do we start...should we tell you about the more famous attractions of Wester Ross such as Inverewe gardens, and the Victorian Spa town of Strathpeffer, or about the scenery, the mountains, or maybe the golf-course or the gardens. What about the traditional music, or the fishing, and the walking? Have you ever seen the sunsets, the wildlife, the birds, the history, genealogy. Or perhaps you prefer the sea, the sailing, a kayak trip, the beaches? Maybe you fancy the swimming pool, the sports centre, the cycling? Have you tasted the prawns, the mussels, the lobsters? Are you for a wee dram…?
The dramatic landscapes of Sutherland and Wester Ross
Within 30 minutes drive you can reach Loch Ness and great Glen region in the highlands of Scotland expanding from Fort William to Inverness covering some of the most Beautiful landscapes and scenery Scotland has to offer. Along with scenic beauty it offers a multitude of activities ranging from skiing in the Winter in a range of quality resorts, to walking, climbing, mountain biking, fishing, Deer stalking...and for the less active pleasure cruises and boat trips on Loch Ness.
The pretty village of Drumnadrochit, Fort Augustus and it's 5 rise lochs, The Fiddlers Inn
Loch Ness and Nessie
Loch Ness the largest body of Freshwater in Britain over 25 miles long and more than 300 metres deep in part, is home to Scotlands best kept secret the Loch Ness Monster "Nessie" One of the most discussed and controversial subjects to this day. In 525 AD the first recorded entry of a sighting was made by St. Columba. Modern day sightings ranging from the sensational 1934 R K Wilson "Surgeons" picture...recently suggested to be a hoax, but even more recently indicated to be a hoax theory within a hoax. To the genuine cine film sequences taken by Dick Raynor and Tim Dinsdale in 1960's. Whatever Dinsdale did film that day convinced him...he gave up his Job and family life to spend the rest of his life (the next 25 years) looking for "Nessie". There were also others like Roy Mackal and Robert Rines of the Academy Of Applied Science with underwater images of a possible head, neck and torso in the 1970's, plus a regular supply of Sonar and Radar readings to this day picking up strong mid-water contacts in the Loch. There are modern everyday people with nothing more obvious to gain except than "loss of respect" ranging from local Policemen, Bank Managers, Businessmen, Fishermen, Aero engineers, Monks and of course tourist's with eye witness accounts and further photo evidence.
The Loch Ness Monster
There have also been many hoaxers and show men to add to the confusion. Scientists alike, do not dispute that large creatures are living in the Loch, but cannot say exactly what they are, the Loch is fairly un-productive because of it's deep dark murky, peaty waters, visibility is virtually zero 3/4 metres down, a number of species of fish, such as Artic Char "once thought extinct" have adapted to hunting and feeding with out the use of eye sight and amazingly can be found living off plankton and smaller fish up to 100 metres deep in the Loch. Original calculations put the the tonnage of fish living in the Loch at around 3 tons, hardly enough to support any larger creature! more recent surveys indicate an actual tonnage of over 25 tons.
"Nessie" The Official Loch Ness Monster Site, with up-to-date information and photographs of new and past sightings.
But do not come to the Loch Ness and Great Glen region to specifically see Nessie for real in the flesh as you may end up disappointed, do come to this region to enjoy the scenery and beauty and do pay a visit to at least one of the Loch Ness Monster exhibitions in the local village Drumnadrochit.
Urquhart castle (left) the location of many images and accounts, (smaller images) of the official and unofficial Loch Ness Monster exhibitions...and "Nessie" you will see her at the official exibition!
Fort William, The Great Glen and Aviemore
Further afield and still within easy range is the tourist resort of Aviemore, popular for skiing, winter sports and hill-walking in the Cairngorm Mountains. The CairnGorm Mountain Ltd Ski Area, tel: +44 (0)1479 861261 is notable for being near the freely grazing reindeer herd at Glen More, the only one in the UK. The resort has variable quality of snow and weather conditions. Aviemore also has a railway station is on the Highland Main Line with regular services to Perth, Edinburgh and Glasgow, it is also the southern terminus of the lovely Strathspey Railway, a heritage steam and diesel railway, currently being extended to Grantown-on-Spey. To the southern end of the Great Glen on the shores of Loch Linnhe and Loch Eil is Fort William the largest town in the west highlands of Scotland. It is close to the beautiful Glen Nevis, Ben Nevis and Nevis Ski Range, the highest mountain and ski area in the British Isles. It has full skiing and snowboarding facilities, ski/board hire and instruction and Gondola runs all year round. The town is a major tourist centre with Glencoe just to the south, and Glenfinnan to the west, on the Road to the Isles. It is an important centre for hillwalking and climbing due to its proximity to Ben Nevis and other mountains. It is also well known for its famous Downhill Mountain Bike Track and its connection to the Great Glen Way. From June to October you can take a day trip on Jacobite steam train from Fort William to Mallaig, passing over the famous Glenfinnan viaduct seen on the "Harry Potter" films.
For the highly active there are a wide range of pursuits from Horse riding and Pony trekking, surfing, sail boarding, land yachting, kites & kite Buggying, sub-aqua diving and sailing, places to climb and walk. For the less active and just in need of a rest the beaches are amazing and often you will find one all to yourself. The area has much to offer for those interested in History and archaeology. With a local guide leaflet you can follow trails or head for one of the many ancient monuments. The historic Fortress town of Burghead known as the The Broch is located about 8 miles North-West of Elgin. It is built round a Peninsula projecting north-westward into the Moray Firth, meaning that most of the town has sea on 3 sides. Apart from it's lovely Harbour the modern day town offers a handful of traditional Pubs / Inns, Cafes, Restaurants a Bank, Supermarket and Post Office.
Less than 10 miles away and well worth a visit lies the Historic city of Elgin. This former cathedral city and Royal Burgh lies on the banks of the River Lossie and is the administrative and commercial centre for Moray. Elgin has all major high street shops, Supermarkets, Restaurants, Cafes, Inns, Leisure Centre, Hospital and many Historic places of interest to visit including the beautiful Cathedral & St Giles church.
Seaview is tastefully and newly decorated throughout with excellent fixtures and fittings. Full central heating provides cosy comfort throughout the year. The Driveway provides off road parking for up to 3 cars. It's Patio doors open out to the rear garden which overlooks the Shoreline, with an easy pathway offering access down to the shore.
The Master double bedroom has an en-suite shower & wash basin, there is ample hanging and storage space.
1 x Twin bedroom with ample hanging and storage space
A further Double Bedroom with the option for a second single bed, plus ample hanging and storage space
1 x further single bedroom with ample hanging and storage space
The Spacious sitting room has a wood burning stove, Comfortable Sofas and bean bags create a cosy family ambiance. Freeview Television with DVD player.
The Bathroom with a beautiful free standing bath with Showering attachment, WC and Wash Hand basin.
The Kitchen is new and fully equipped featuring a Oven / Hob Fridge / freezer, Electric, Microwave Oven, kettle, toaster, Teapot, Cafetier, Dishes, Kitchen utensils, Set pans, Casseroles, Cutlery, Dish cloths, Iron & Ironing Board, along with all necessary utensils, cutlery and crockery. The views from the Kitchen are un-surpassed making washing up a joy ! From here Double French Doors open onto a Patio where you can sit or Dine and enjoy watching the Sea and sunset late into the evening.
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