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The Salmon Bothy

(Ref. 1095549)

Cruden Bay, Moray, Aberdeenshire & The Coastal Trail Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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25 Customer Reviews

  • "Booking again for next year love the out look stunning location the house is beautiful"

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Mar 2024

  • "We had a lovely Christmas at the Bothy."

    It was warm and cosy with great views and very supportive owners.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Dec 2023

  • "We had a very lovely time and thank you for the comprehensive briefing - it’s a very comfortable cottage with an outlook to die for!"

    Perfect for our family gathering. You’re probably (understandably) happy with the Bothy exactly how it is, but as fellow holiday cottage owners, from our perspective, some v minor improvement suggestions… - rationalise and tidy out the kitchen cupboards and make a v obvious larder cupboard for folks provisions. There’s too much stuff that must never get used? Some silicon / non scratch kitchen utensils would be good - the folder says bin day is Tuesday, the door notice (there’s too many notices…) says Wednesday and when we were there, the bin was emptied on Friday! - a small gate separating the veranda from the car park would be good, especially in the summer, so small children and dogs could be allowed outside without fear of straying. The patio doors lend themselves to be opened with that view and that soundscape - Seems churlish, but the house is too warm! We tried everything to reduce the temperature in the main room without success. Makes the wry lovely log burner redundant.

    Hi David thanks for your positive detailed feedback. All comments gratefully received, good of you to take the time. Michael Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Nov 2023

  • "Fabulous location and cottage."

    Well equipped and very clean and comfortable. Communication with owner very good. Cannot recommend this Bothy highly enough. Hope to return sometime.

    Thanks for such a nice review Laura. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Nov 2023

  • "What an amazing place."

    So clean. Everything we needed. The bed was so comfortable. Our views were breathtaking. The attention to detail even down to the towels with the body wash etc was like being in a posh hotel. Lovely gifts left which were a nice surprise also. We will be telling all our friend's and family about how wonderful it was. Thank you and a very big thankyou to the lady who takes care of it you do an amazing job.

    Thank you very much for your positive feedback, we are glad you enjoyed your stay so much, and yes we will pass on your thanks to all involved. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Derek5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had a lovely holiday, all be it that my husband ended up in hospital for the whole week!"

    !! The location is great super views of the sea and sand, watching the tides rise and fall, the many different birds, so helpful having binoculars provided. Inside the Bothy was clean, comfortable and plenty room around the dining table for a game of cards. The girls enjoyed donning wet suits and chasing the waves on the beach through the afternoon and sometimes not until 8 or 9 o’clock at night. Lovely to be able to watch them and hear their laughter from the Bothy. The beds were comfy, plenty of everything provided even extra pillows if needed. We were lucky to use some Outside seating to enjoy the sunshine and listen to the sea. Plenty of space for a couple of cars. We enjoyed our time at the Bothy it was very restful after a difficult time at the hospital in Aberdeen. Thank you again to Mike and Irene for all their help. We would love to visit again.

    Thanks very much for your kind words, we hope your husband is doing well and getting back to good health. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Diana5.0Jul 2023

  • "Fantastic cottage with all amenities you could want."

    Loved the history of the cottage which was very tastefully refurbished with nods to it's past throughout. The sea/beach views from the patio were fantastic and would never tire sitting there. Lovely walks from the doorstep. Would definitely go back.

    Thanks for your feedback, we are pleased you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Dawn5.0Jun 2023

  • "Fantastic cottage in a lovely setting."

    If anything the pictures in the Sykes advert do not do it justice. Would definitely go again. Michael was very helpful while we were there with any questions we had. Probably the best cottage we have had yet .

    Thanks for your feedback, we are delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alan5.0May 2023

  • "Extremely comfortable, cosy and well appointed property in outstanding seaside location with stunning views whose owners have thought of everything."

    Simply superb!

    Heather, thanks very much for a very positive feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Apr 2023

  • "Nestled securely on the northern shore of Cruden Bay was the delightfully solid and locally historic Salmon Bothy and with the wall of the sunken patio area directly overlooking the rock pools and beach, it was simply exquisite."

    The decorative palette within was chalky and neutral with natural elements and stylishly enhanced with textures in the form of vintage and local stylish artwork and accessories. The Bothy has been affectionately restored with elements lovingly thought through to capture a homely, luxurious and earthy feel that made us immediately feel at home. The lounge/kitchen dining room extended the length of the building and overlooked the expansive sandy bay. Lounging on the sumptuous leather we were mesmerised by the incredible view of the crashing waves which induced feelings of halcyon days of childhood summer holidays, joy, contentment and utter relaxation. With regard to relaxation, we were grateful for our bed in the main bedroom with a wonderfully firm but soft mattress that gave us blissful record-breaking hours of sleep. The décor was in the style of coastal meets classy meets calming and the owners have completely nailed it. There are so many personal elements that had obviously been curated and considered over years of loving restoration that made our holiday so very special and memorable. A simply wonderful stay, in a beautifully appointed property in a sensational spot.

    We are delighted you enjoyed your stay and appreciated so many things Alan, the Bothy is a special holiday cottage and it is good to hear our visitors appreciate it so much. M Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Apr 2023

  • "The Salmon Bothy is a beautiful property in a stunning location."

    We travelled with our two children (9 & 10) and our labradoodle. The property is in a quiet and breathtaking position looking over the sea wall. Watching the sea from the patio is wonderful! The village has a very handy corner shop and we ate at the Kilmarnock Arms (dog friendly) a couple of times. The kitchen in the property has a good range of pots and pans, dishwasher and washing machine. The whole place is remarkably warm- the underfloor heating is really effective! Access to the main beach is a short walk along the road and over a footbridge, the dunes successfully wore the kids and dog out! We found lots of walks straight from the cottage, including Slains Castle and along to Bullers of Buchan. Countless amazing walks slightly further afield too. Thoroughly recommended.

    Reviewed by Lucy5.0Apr 2023

  • "Stunning property location could not get any better very friendly owner"

    Thanks for your positive feedback Helen, we are delighted you enjoyed your break. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Mar 2023

  • "A lovely house with amazing views."

    The house was really warm even in February. Very kind and supportive owners. One of our best locations yet !!

    Glad you enjoyed your stay and the wonderful location. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Feb 2023

  • "We had a wonderful week in a superb environment with fabulous views."

    Reviewed by Janice5.0Jan 2023

  • "What a wonderful property and location, we couldn't have asked for more."

    The Bothy was warm and welcoming with everything we needed, the gifts and card on arrival were a lovely touch. Fantastic walks along the beach, we managed to see the seals at the far end which was an added bonus. For whisky lovers a trip to Glen Garioch distillery is a must for a tasting.

    Thanks for your review - we are very pleased you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andy5.0Nov 2022

  • "This is a beautiful property with amazing views, which provided a convenient base for visiting my family who still live locally."

    There are some things which could be clearer in the listing - eg. the property has underfloor heating which is brilliant. Also hot water is on demand via an external combi oil boiler. The en-suite only has a bath (albeit swimming pool size

    Hi Val thanks for your feedback - glad you had a lovely stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Val3.8Sep 2022

  • "Beautiful property you couldn't ask for anymore"

    Reviewed by Kathryn5.0Aug 2022

  • "We had a wondeful stay at the Salmon Bothy!"

    The views alone are worth the visit. The house was very comfortable and the welcome gifts on arrival and card were very much appreciated! The beach is lovely and clean ideal for long walks, seal spotting and swimming. Slains Castle just a short walk is well worth a visit as is the nearby Kilmarnock Hotel. All in all we have had a lovely, relaxing, family holiday which was much needed after the last 2 years!

    Reviewed by Helen4.7Jul 2022

  • "I cannot recommend the Salmon Bothy highly enough, perfect location, stunning views and a great additional touch was the use of a telescope, great for bird watching and views out the sea."

    The Salmon Bothy was like a home from home with everything you required for your stay.

    Reviewed by Iain5.0Jul 2022

  • "A stunning property in a beautiful location."

    Felt more like a home than a holiday cottage and the welcome pack was very much appreciated. We had a wonderful week and really hope to return in future.

    We are so glad you all enjoyed it George and thank you for such a good review. The Salmon Bothy is a very special place and it’s pleasing to know it is so well appreciated by our visitors. Property Owner

    Reviewed by George5.0Jun 2022

  • "We absolutely loved the Salmon Bothy."

    We knew to expect a great place from the advertisement, but if far exceeded our expectations. The house is well furnished and stocked with kitchen equipment, towels, games etc. There were even miniature toiletries on arrival and a cute gift basket with biscuits and whisky. Everything about the place was a delight. The views are absolutely spectacular, and we even saw porpoises in the bay on our second day. There's lots to do around the area, including some fabulous coastal walks and castle ruins. But honestly, you could just sit on the deck and watch the sea all day if you wanted to. We traveled with 2 dogs. While the garden is not what I would call secure, it was nice to have space for them outside, and we were pleased we could bring them along. They loved the beachside location, which was accessible by a 2 minute walk down the street. Would love to return here again sometime. Thanks so much for having us!

    Christine, we are glad you enjoyed it. The Bothy is such a special place we are always happy to hear it is appreciated so much. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christine5.0May 2022

  • "Excellent accommodation with exceptional views across the bay everything you require in a beach, relaxing holiday."

    Thanks for your kind remarks, we are glad you enjoyed your stay and the beautiful views from the cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Apr 2022

  • "The Salmon Bothy is a truly special place and we feel privileged to have enjoyed it for a week."

    The views out across spectacular Cruden Bay beach are breathtaking, ever changing with plenty of bird life. The cottage is spacious, comfortable and very well equipped, with several outdoor seating areas. The area is pretty much off the tourist trail but with lots of amazing places to visit and walk. A great stay!

    So pleased you enjoyed your stay, thanks. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Apr 2022

  • "Had an amazing holiday."

    Fantastic location and property. We fell in love with the area. Highly recommended. The owners provided some supplies which were greatly appreciated. They went the extra mile to make us feel at home.

    Thank you for your kind comments, we are glad you enjoyed your holiday at The Salmon Bothy. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Shaun5.0Apr 2022

  • "Only problem we have is trying to re-book!"

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Apr 2022

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  • Single-storey
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite bath, basin and WC, 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Electric central heating with woodburning stove
  • Oven, hob grill, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and dishwasher, Nespresso Coffee Machine
  • TV, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and travel cot available on request
  • Off-road parking for 3 cars
  • Front patio with furniture with BBQ area suitable for disposable BBQ's
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.3 miles, pub 0.4 miles
  • Please note - *Young Children* - The Bothy is built above the seashore and and due to Conservation Area planning restrictions there is a low wall along the car parking area
  • *Children who may stray or climb into areas where there is risk of falling and injury must be supervised at all times*
  • Please note - *The Log Burner* - There is a child fireguard in storage in the larger back bedroom which is provided for your use
  • Note: This property does not accept stag/hen/party bookings.  

The property

Situated on the seafront overlooking the estuary and spectacular beach of Cruden Bay in Aberdeenshire, rests this beautifully restored, single-storey cottage.

The Salmon Bothy offers intimate and inspiring views of the sea, its wildlife and surrounding environs all year round - whichever season you decide to enjoy.

The Salmon Bothy originally built in 1840 within the Conservation Area of Port Erroll, offers uninterrupted panoramic views of the beautiful bay, 2 miles of beach, and a wide array of sea birds at play in the estuary.This pleasant holiday home is idyllic for a family or six friends.

Be greeted by off-road parking and the splendid views of the coast and move your luggage inside with ease.

Step into the porch to kick off your shoes before entering the open-plan living space and enjoy the warmth from the underfloor heating.

Beautifully presented in neutral tones and warm browns.

Unwind on the plush sofa with a hot chocolate and flicker through the TV as the woodburning stove crackles nearby.

Rustle up tasty treats in the spacious kitchen area with an oven, grill and hobs to assist you and then gather around the rustic old dining table to enjoy hearty meals.

On warm evenings, throw open the patio doors and have an alfresco affair on the outdoor furniture, with a barbecue area available for you to use with your own disposable barbecue trays for alternative cooking arrangements with stunning views to be enjoyed while you cook.

As the sun begins to set, retreat inside to choose between three lovely double bedrooms, all with storage, one with King Size Bed and en-suite bath for a leisurely soak.

Awaken with a rinse in the wet room before savouring a steaming cup of coffee on the front patio listening to the sound of the crashing waves as you watch seabirds gather in the estuary.

As the seasons change wildlife lovers will be able to view trout jumping in the estuary on front of the patio, the occasional seal or dolphin either swimming past or lounging on the beach below the garden when the tide is out, and regularly view a vast array of sea birds gathering in the estuary to feed and enjoy the fresh water drifting down the Water of Cruden.

(Various Gulls, Oystercatchers, Sandpipers, Sanderlings, Guillemots, Cormorants, Shags and the odd Herron fishing on the rocks).

This all happens literally within meters of the kitchen window.

Among the many pleasures to be enjoyed locally is simply walking through Port Erroll Conservation Village to the local hotel or Pub (5 mins walk), then warmed by a glass of wine enjoy the lamplit return journey to The Bothy in the quiet of the evening!

There is a slipway in the harbour which may be used for a small fee - should you wish to Kayak or have a small boat to launch to enjoy a bit of sightseeing and fishing.

Some visitors go paddle boarding and windsurfing.

Cruden Bay beach offers 2 miles of beautiful sandy beach, also nearby is the Forvie National Nature Reserve, Pitmedden Gardens, and the award winning Aden country Park and Farm Museum.

Also internationally famous Slains Castle is a short coastal walk away.

Cruden Bay is also famed for it's top 100 championship links golf course, parts of which weave through the dunes opposite the Bothy, the club house is within 15 mins walking distance of the Bothy.

If you do not mind travelling a few miles then the luxury of The Trump International Golf Links on the Mennie Estate is 10 miles away.

Cruden Bay is 25 miles from Aberdeen, the nearest city with busy airport connecting through to Europe.

The nearby popular town of Ellon provides extensive amenities including a large supermarket, Peterhead is to the North and offers similar town facilities including an interesting small museum.

To Eat out: there are 2 Hotels within walking distance of the Bothy - Theatmospheric Kilmarnock Arms (a favourite hideaway of Bram Stoker while writing his Dracula novel) is 5 minutes walk away, while another 5 minutes will take you to The St Olaf hotel, renowned for traditional fare.

Cruden Bay also has a good takeaway food facility.

EPC Rating: Band E

EPC Rating: Band E

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: AS-00028-F

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £500.

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About the location


Peterhead 8 miles; Ellon 10 miles; Aberdeen 23.5 miles

A beautiful village set on the east coast of Scotland in Aberdeenshire. Cruden Bay is built around breathtaking fields as well as many historical buildings including the well-known Slains Castle on the outskirts, which you can visit. This small village is a great base for a holiday as it provides a shop, Post Office, Chinese takeaway and a pub, not to mention an incredible beach. Cruden Bay is also home to a golf course, that is consistently ranked inside the world’s top 50; recognised as a architectural masterpiece for its dramatic dunes and stunning sea views. Nearby there are some fantastic places that you need to visit. Peterhead offers a great selection of shops and restaurants, as well as many things to do and see including a museum. A short drive in the opposite direction takes you to Ellon, also offering good amenities as well as beautiful parks and a golf course. Further afield is the city of Aberdeen, offering elite shopping and a maritime museum to enjoy.

This property has a good housekeeping bond of £500

This property does not accept stag/hen/party bookings.