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Forres, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park (Ref. 991902)


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  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/Sky TV Sky TV
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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10 Customer Reviews

  • "The password code for wifi should be in info folder as the sykes agent was given wrong code as one of the code letters given was actually the letter s."

    We eventually found wifi box in store cupboard on last day of holiday and one member of the family was very dissappointed.We would have rated sykes 5/5 if passcode had been in the info folder.

    Reviewed by DonaldOct 2021

  • "Aboyne provides for a comfortable stay."

    The fittings and fixtures, along with furnishings were to a high standard. We checked into a clean and tidy house and found the neighbours warm/friendly. The local Co-op is well stocked and Tesco super store is a couple of miles. Good location with beaches, rivers within 30 mins drive. We were lucky to enjoy warm & sunny weather for most of our stay. Thoroughly recommend this property!

    Reviewed by DeepaAug 2021

  • "The absence of a chair in both the bedroom and bathroom was surprising and a handicap for those who need somewhere to leave clothes at night and who need to sit on leaving the shower."

    The shower itself was somewhat inaccessible given the narrowness of the door and the high step up. The lack of blinds or curtains on several windows was unhelpful for someone with impaired vision. The Border biscuits thoughtfully left for coffee had a use by date in January 2021! It was spotlessly clean and very well appointed apart from the above points.

    Reviewed by MichaelJun 2021

  • "Great house with everything you need."

    Very clean and comfortable and only a 3 minute drive to the centre of town. Great location with stunning coastal and riverside walks. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by ThomasAug 2020

  • "The house is excellent, very modern and well equipped."

    Space for 2 cars, neighbors lovely people. It is part of a modern estate that is on the edge of town with a reasonably well-stocked Co-op about 100m away (Tesco 1.5 miles). Opposite is a hotel with a reasonable bar, which offers a good opportunity to have a pint or meal. Two good playgrounds for kids within 0.5 mile, safe to let kids out, all very kid friendly around the house and area. Walking into town is about 20-25 minutes, mainly along a main road but it is relatively quiet. In town lots of good little shops, baker, coffee shops, two excellent butchers and an outstanding pub, Sueno Stone is world class. The Mosset Tavern is a great pub for meals and real ale (good choice especially for post-lockdown). Forres is a great base as it is 6 miles to the excellent Findhorn (beach, Foundation,and more), 23 miles to Grantown along a very good road and an hour to Aviemore, so beach and mountains available. The house is very spacious and laid out in a contemporary stylish manner. Beds are very comfortable and showers etc great. It being a modern property it is very warm. The kitchen is very well equipped and great oven etc, dining table could accommodate 8. Good internet and TV etc, felt very comfortable. No qualms about returning and our group was between 5-8 in size over the 2 weeks we were there. Minor issues: The cleaning/maintenance is contracted out and although house was clean, there was some points that the owner may wish to address No washing up liquid provided The lawn did not look as though it had been cut for at least two/three weeks before we arrived and was not cut until a few days after we asked (cut on day 10 of holiday) Quibbling about giving us 3 or 6 dishwasher tablets, limited supply of toilet roll Possibly the most minimal welcome pack (above nothing) we have had from any accommodation. These points did not diminish the quality of our stay, nor from returning, but just need to be pointed out.

    Reviewed by AdamAug 2020

  • "Firstly the directions given by Sykes were completely wrong, there is no access to the property from the B9010 the actual access is on the southern outskirts of Forres from the A940."

    Secondly there is not enough comfortable seating for 7 people in the lounge (massive electric chair and couches for 5 persons only) and the dining room is too small for access round the table if the table is extended. On arrival - 5.15 pm the cleaners were still there and despite an email from the owner stating there would be a welcome pack, including milk, there was nothing. Just a good job there was a co-op nearby. Well equipped with crockery and cutlery which we needed to wash before use (just not clean). Answering your question below, I don't think you will wish to.

    Thank you for your feedback, we have taken on board your comments and have now added addition notes to our description. Thank you again for providing your feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by CaroleJul 2020

  • "Lovely house nice clean and comfortable facilities will book it again."

    Reviewed by LauraDec 2019

  • "The property was equipped to a higher spec than any of us expected."

    The kitchen had everything and more. The recliners were a nice bonus. We were a nice distance away from the town centre but at the same time it was handy to get to.

    Reviewed by AlanJul 2019

  • "The house was fantastic and well equipped with everything you could possibly need for the week."

    Also in a great location for exploring both the moray coast and the Cairngorms.

    Reviewed by BrendaJul 2019

  • "Very well appointed; very clean; very comfortable."

    Reviewed by DavidMar 2019

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The property

Aboyne is a two-storey, detached cottage located in Forres, Moray.

The property is on a new estate and has been decorated to a high-quality contemporary style with many comfortable furnishings.

It is perfect for both friends and families to enjoy the wonderful comforts of this house and the local sights of Scotland.

Inside it has four excellent bedrooms: one king-size with an en-suite shower room and WC, two doubles and one twin.

There is a large family bathroom and WC.

Downstairs has an open-plan kitchen and dining room with seating for up to eight, as well as a pair of large French doors which open up to the rear garden.

There is a spacious living room with two cosy sofas and an armchair offering seating six with additional bench seating as shown in the above pictures, as well as a TV with Sky for your entertainment.

It has a ground floor cloakroom and WC.

Off road parking is available for two cars.

Outside has a front and rear lawned garden, with patio areas and furniture provided.

Forres is a fantastic holiday destination; there are lots of grand sightseeing opportunities, including Brodie Castle, a restored 16th century castle and gardens with Clan Brodie collection of antiques, art and ceramics.

Or visit Sueno's Stone, a Picto-Scottish Class III standing stone on the north-easterly edge of Forres.

It is the largest surviving Pictish stone of its type in Scotland.

Not to forget the magnificent Kinloss Abbey, which was founded in 1150 by King David I.

Aboyne is the perfect spot for those interested in historical landmarks.


  • Four bedrooms: 1 x king-size with an en-suite shower room, basin and WC, 2 x double and 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with a bath, shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner with seating for 6 per people, the table can be extended to comfortably seat 8 people
  • Living room with two cosy sofas and an armchair offering seating six with additional bench seating as shown in the above pictures
  • Ground floor cloakroom, basin and WC.
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric hob and oven, fridge, freezer, TV with Sky, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, WiFi
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot, highchair and stairgate available at the property
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Front and rear lawned garden and patio areas with furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry no smoking
  • Shop and pub a few minutes' walk.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Kinloss 3.5 miles; Findhorn 6 miles; Nairn 10 miles; Elgin 12.5 miles, Inverness 27 miles

The pretty town of Forres is one of Scotland's oldest small towns and boasts an array of historical monuments, museums and castles, as well as impressive parks and award winning gardens. Forres is an ideal starting point for exploring the Malt Whisky Trail being home to two of the Distilleries, and in close proximity to another five! Forres boasts two golf courses and some excellent fishing opportunities. Ideally placed for visiting the atmospheric fishing villages that are dotted along the north east coastline and just twenty seven miles from the capital of the Highlands, Inverness, it is a great base for a holiday. You can immerse yourself in history with Cawdor and Brodie Castles, Culloden Battlefield and Fort George all within easy reach. Alternatively you can spend time at Findhorn enjoying the beach and looking for seals or a days watersports finishing with a drink overlooking the bay whilst the sun goes down. A five minute drive from Forres will take you to Califer Hill Viewpoint, providing stunning views across the Moray Firth, Findhorn and beyond.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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