Escape to Gardenstown, Scotland for New Years

Last updated 3rd January 2017

Why go?

Seatown Cottage, a traditional fishing cottage, is home to beautiful views of the sea. With scenic golf courses, castles, beaches and cliffs, there is something for every family member.

Accommodation: Located in Gardenstown, Banffshire, the cottage has been refurbished and now has three levels. There is a kitchen-dining room with wood burner and a shower room on the ground floor. There are two bedrooms and bathrooms above. Seatown sleep four and a week from 28 December costs £495.


Gardenstown is a great location with both the beach and harbour lovely places for kids to explore. Search for dolphins or take a boat trip and discover all the wildlife along the Moray Firth Coastline. The Duff House, a short 15-minute drive away, has a playground and woods to play in. The Banff Carnival of Youth is also hosted here with live music, activity stalls and a parade. Don’t worry if there is bad weather, Williamson’s Garden Centre, Turriff, is a giant indoor play centre, perfect for rainy day fun.

Other activities include the Macduff Marine Aquarium, the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival at Portsoy and The Deveron Music Festival. There are also many golf clubs including Tarlair in Macduff and Royal Duff House in Banff.  After a long day of golf, why not check out the Tourist Board’s Whisky and Castle Trails.

Where to eat: The village has a pub with a small shop just down the road as well as another restaurant.


Getting there: Gardenstown is one hour from Aberdeen and an hour and a half from Inverness. Easyjet flies from London Gatwick to Inverness from £45.98 return and Aberdeen from £58.98 return. Easyjet also flies from London Luton to Inverness from £43.98 return and Aberdeen from £60.98 return. A National Rail sleeper train from London Euston to Aberdeen starts at £442.50 return for a family of four.

Travel time: The flight From London to Inverness is about one hour and 50 minutes and the flight from London to Aberdeen is about one hour and 20 minutes. The sleeper train From London Euston to Aberdeen is about 10 hours there and 17 hours back.

More information: For more information visit or call 01835 822277.