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Woodside Cottage

Clochan near Buckie, Moray, Aberdeenshire & The Coastal Trail (Ref. 932807)



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48 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a fantastic stay at Woodside cottage."

    Dee the owner is to be commended on her attention to guests needs and the cottage itself is so homely and comfortable. The furnishings and cleanliness of the cottage are a credit to Dee and the welcome pack was the best we have had. The beds were very comfortable and the cottage has an excellent shower. Although we had very mild weather at the time of our holiday the heating was on throughout our stay and we were very cosy. The garden was very safe and secure for our dog and there is beautiful woodland to excersise dogs right opposite the house. The fresh roses and guest toiletries were a nice touch too. I would not hesitate to recommend the cottage and we are looking forward to our next holiday there in March 2022.

    Reviewed by AngelaNov 2021

  • "The cottage is between farms and there is no street ighting so a good torch is a must for taking the dog out at night."

    Be prepared for driving single track roads. The Host Dee was great and available if needed. A great area to drive to the bigger towns for shopping or long strolls along wonderful beaches. Will be back for sure

    Reviewed by JoeOct 2021

  • "Woodside is a lovely cottage, very well presented and spotlessly clean."

    It is surrounded by fields on 3 sides with a wood opposite the front garden, ideal for walking dogs. From the rear of the garden is a lovely view across the fields to Lossiemouth bay and the summer house has been ideally situated to make the most of the view. A very generous welcome pack was also provided.

    Reviewed by GillianSep 2021

  • "This was our second visit to Woodside Cottage and it was as fantastic as the first."

    The cottage was wonderfully clean and is in an excellent location for exploring the local area. Highly recommended!

    Reviewed by ChristopherAug 2021

  • "The cottage is amazing a true gem we loved the area and the cottage location pure bliss."

    Reviewed by DonnaAug 2021

  • "Great little cottage."

    Fantastic area . My dog loved the garden and the summer house has a fantastic view. Welcome basket amazing and very appreciated. Even the neighbours are really friendly. Highly recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by LoraineJun 2021

  • "Loved Woodside Cottage, great to return."

    Reviewed by LizJun 2021

  • "Truly wonderful little rural cottage."

    Surrounded by open countryside with views of Moray Firth. The cottage is one of the very best we have stayed in. Immaculately clean throughout, extremely well equipped, loads of cleaning materials and equipment and an outstanding welcome basket of Scottish foods. Host clearly knows her stuff and other providers need to take a leaf out of her book. She actively encourages you to use the cottage, its out buildings and garden to maximise your holiday enjoyment. Particularly appreciated being able to switch on heating in cooler evenings. Despite the great weather I do feel the cold so this was a real benefit for me. Other holidaymakers mention a busy road...what nonsense, yes we seen farm vehicles and the odd car...but it is NOT a busy road. We would love to come back to Woodside Cottage.

    Reviewed by CarolJun 2021

  • "To say this exceeded our expectations, is an understatement."

    Woodside cottage is based in an idyllic location with lovely views of the Moray Firth. The cottage itself was exceptional. Very clean, modern with a cosy atmosphere. Dee, the owner, messaged us personally prior to our stay. She had laid out an amazing welcome basket for our arrival including a welcome card, wine, biscuits, bread, coffee, sugar, etc and even milk in the fridge. The cottage had everything we required for our stay. A lovely touch was also the dog treats for our four legged friend. He thoroughly enjoyed them. The garden is a good size and pristine looking. The summer house was a great addition to the property and we had a few relaxing evenings sitting in it watching the world go by. Surprised by some of the reviews stating traffic was an issue for them as the cottage sits beside a single track road and very little in the way of vehicles passed by. We certainly didn't notice anything noise wise. If you have a dog with you, there is a nice woodland walk just across the road. We spotted a few deer on our trek. All in all one of the best, if not THE best holiday cottages we have stayed in and will definitely be returning for another stay in the near future. Very highly recommended.

    Reviewed by AlanApr 2021

  • "Absolutely beautiful cottage set in peaceful countryside."

    Warm welcome from the owner and a fabulous welcome package. The cottage had all the facilities one could wish for. Not too far away from fantastic beaches and sites but far enough away to feel secluded. Large garden which was enclosed so safe for our little dog.Outdoor seating area with a delightful summer house to enjoy. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this superb holiday home,in fact one could live there quite comfortably. Met some lovely people as they walked past while exercising their dogs.

    Reviewed by AthollSep 2020

  • "Woodside Cottage was amazing."

    It is up a short single track road. Amazing views await you on arrival. The cottage and garden were immaculately kept. The cottage was so clean. Furnishings were off good quality and very comfortable. The bed was comfortable and it was lovely not to wake up in pain as we have done at previous holiday accomodation. Lovely textiles throughout that added to the comfort of the cosy cottage. We had everything we needed for the week, it was very well stocked. The owner had left the most amazing welcome basket, treats for us and the dog. The drive way was big and easy to enter. The garden was amazing, it wrapped around the cottage, the dog loved it. We had fresh apples and plums to eat from the trees in the garden. The summer house was a bonus that had amazing views up and down the Moray firth We had the best week relaxing and exploring all the quaint villages in the area. Beaches galore. We deffo want to go back to the area and would have no hesitation staying at the cottage again. So worthy of 5 stars.

    Reviewed by MartinSep 2020

  • "Woodside Cottage is nestled in a beautiful countryside setting seemingly in the middle of nowhere but with shops and amenities only a few minutes drive away."

    Cottage was very nice, clean and tidy inside and out, very warm and cosy. Lovely welcome hamper waiting for us when we arrived. We only had one problem which was with the WiFi that the storm the night before had knocked out, but this was sorted promptly by the owner. We had beautiful weather all week apart from 5 minutes rain the day we visited Loch Ness. Our favourite place was Cullen, just a few miles down the road, nice little town and a mile long beautiful beach, with stunning views from the hills as well. There was no light pollution either outside the cottage, perfect for star gazing. 10/10

    Reviewed by CraigAug 2020

  • "Absolutely fabulous holiday had at Woodside Cottage, everything about the place was perfect."

    We spent most of our time at the cottage in the beautiful garden looking out to the bay and the mountains beyond on the sunnier days, the cars were so infrequent on the road outside it just wasn't an issue. We will most certainly be back.

    Reviewed by JenniferAug 2020

  • "The gift basket was a very generous surprise when we arrived as well as the kind welcome we received via personalised messages."

    The cottage was immaculately clean and the grounds were ample with the summer house and its great view a particular delight. The location is remote, we knew that going in, and so a car is essential. But with that, civilisation is less than 5 miles away so if anything it's a nice retreat. We went during coronavirus so there was a certain limit to out-and-about things to do but again, we knew that going in and as we have two under sevens, all we needed was a playpark (and a nearby Granny!) and they were happy. So yes, very much recommended!

    Reviewed by RobJul 2020

  • "We (family of 4) had a fantastic week at Woodside Cottage."

    The cottage was beautiful with a great view over Lossiemouth beach. We say and watched the sunset in the summer house most evenings. As it got dark we were visited by a barn owl and a couple of deer in the adjacent field. The cottage is situated in a near perfect location as it feels remote but is only 10 minutes from a big Tesco and 15 minutes from Cullen bay beach by car. As a runner there are plenty of woodland trails straight out the door, but be prepared for some hills! And as a family we went on lots of picturesque walks as well as body boarding and chilling on the beach. We'll be back!

    Reviewed by DanJul 2020

  • "We loved Woodside Cottage."

    Dee has the property well equipped with quality furnishings. The only thing that spoiled our holiday was the very busy road directly outside the cottage. However we would have no hesitation in returning.

    Reviewed by JoyceJul 2020

  • "Absolutely wonderful cottage."

    The owner has thought of everything to make your stay the best. It’s very well equipped and there’s a lovely log burner for the colder evenings when you return after a day out. The beds are so comfy and I slept like a log

    Reviewed by DianneMar 2020

  • "Such a magical place to stay and in the most gorgeous of settings."

    The Cottage was absolutely perfect and the personal touches are the ones that stay with you.

    Reviewed by MaryFeb 2020

  • "The owner was extremely friendly and professional from the outset."

    The cottage was perfect, great atmosphere, super clean, very cosy and the hamper was just that little extra touch that makes you feel welcome!

    Reviewed by DavideNov 2019

  • "I couldn't want a better holiday." exceeded all our expectations and of course our dog loved the house and was well catered for ..

    Reviewed by JohnOct 2019

  • "In over 54 years of visiting Scotland, several times a year, we have decided Woodside Cottage (932807) Clochan near Buckie, Moray, Aberdeenshire is the very best of the best."

    From entering the kitchen and seeing the enormous welcome pack on the table, biscuits two packs, butter, bread, crisps, coffee, tea bags, milk, and shortbread and dog treats as well. We knew Woodside was somewhere special. The cottage was immaculately clean, fresh flowers in the living room, wood burner ready to light, with extra logs kindling and matches at the side, and fully centrally heated by thermostat in the hall way. The telly has brilliant reception, and the two two seater sofa's are very comfortouble, with risers to support your tired legs after your day out.The bathroom could have been fitted the day before we arrived it was that clean and fresh, credit here to whoever cleans Woodside. The double bed we used was just great, better than been at home, plenty of storage space as well in the wardrobes and dressers. The kitchen was like the rest of the property, immaculate and extremely functional. Outside Woodside looks like the pictures you see on postcards, almost magical. It sits on a no through road and apart from a couple of cars passing morning and evening, tranquility reigns supreme. If you have a mutt like we have, there is a forest across the road with unrestricted access. When inside there are masses of tracks which any dog will love to explore. Just a word about the owner Dee, a message when we arrived, a message as we left, just making sure all was well. Just the right amount of contact and not intrusive in any way. So if we could give Woodside 12/10 we would. Enjoy this wonderful holiday cottage, we certainly did.

    Reviewed by PhilipOct 2019

  • "A really fantastic cottage, with everything you could wish for."

    This is our second visit, and we will definitely be back again. The owner goes above and beyond to make sure your stay is as special as possible. From welcoming food items, to top end toiletries. The cottage itself is in a great location and spotlessly clean and well equipped. Cant recommend it highly enough. Fab bed and shower too. There are lots of fantastic walks in the local area. Not many cottages are this well thought out and presented.

    Reviewed by DianeSep 2019

  • "Just to say it was fabulous cottage was great"

    Reviewed by GrahamSep 2019

  • "From the get go communication was great and the Cottage is in excellent condition with a welcome basket and fresh linen and towels."

    There are many other nice touches to ensure you are comfortable during your stay too. You are also in a superb location to check out all that Moray has to offer beaches and towns and the view from the sun house over the moray coastline is fantastic. Cooper our dog loved it too. I can’t wait to return again in April.

    Reviewed by GrahamAug 2019

  • "Woodside Cottage offers excellent quality accommodation within a truly outstanding location."

    The long distance views from the summer house are especially memorable.

    Reviewed by Christine JulieJul 2019

  • "Very good experience from first to last."

    Booking very easy and information given accurate.

    Reviewed by SusanJul 2019

  • "Had a lovely time at Woodside Cottage, the property is beautiful and in an excellent location for exploring the Moray Coast."

    The facilities at the cottage were excellent, the welcome basket was amazing and the owner was very thoughtful in even providing treats for our pup. Would definitely recommend this property and hope to visit again soon.

    Reviewed by HelenJul 2019

  • "I would like to express my thanks to Dee at Woodside cottage for the thoughtfulness she showed when on holiday,the hamper that was left was appreciated."

    The overall cleanliness of the cottage also was of very high standard ,and the area was beautiful, we didn’t have very good weather but that didn’t take anything away from our stay thanks again.

    Reviewed by IsobelJun 2019

  • "The cottage was fantastic, clean and comfortable with lots of attention to details, like shower gel and shampoo and high end hand wash and hand cream."

    The welcome pack (actually more of a hamper) had everything you could ask for to start the holiday, including dog treats for our furry traveller, wine, crisps and chocolate for the humans (there was bread, coffee and milk too). The outside area offered sea views over Lossiemouth with a beautifully equipped summer house, the sunsets were spectacular. Access to outside storage was a bonus too. The setting around the cottage was very peaceful with lots of wildlife, I saw a pine marten walk past the front gate, plus deer and hares in the field behind the cottage. We had a very relaxing and enjoyable time at the cottage.

    Reviewed by CatherineJun 2019

  • "On entering the cottage we were delighted to see that it was spotless and in excellent condition, and there was a beautiful welcome pack waiting for us."

    Great dog walks through the wood opposite the gate, and a nice beach close by at Sandend. If you are looking for a lovely cottage with dog secure garden where you can relax, and nice walks on your doorstep then Woodside is the place to book

    Reviewed by JohnJun 2019

  • "The welcome pack was extremely useful."

    Everything you would need had been thought about.

    Reviewed by SheilaMay 2019

  • "Sykes communications were excellent."

    The cottage was outstanding, probably the best we have ever stayed in. The owners attention to detail and welcome pack went the extra mile.

    Reviewed by BrianMay 2019

  • "We loved experiencing the beautiful surroundings of the Scottish countryside and then coming back to a lovely cosy cottage!"

    Reviewed by JasApr 2019

  • "A lovely cottage that has such a welcoming feel."

    Reviewed by AllisonApr 2019

  • "We had a wonderful holiday in this lovely cottage."

    The cottage it's self was spotlessly clean with everything you could possibly need within. The welcome pack was fantastic and our son especially loved the Easter egg! The garden was wonderful and we enjoyed watching the sunset in the summer house which also catered for every need such as scarfs, hats and blankets. The attention to detail in this cottage made for a fantastic holiday and would definitely return.

    Reviewed by JoanMar 2019

  • "Fine cosy cottage."

    Ideal location for touring the Moray coast and whisky country.

    Reviewed by AlasdairJan 2019

  • "A brilliant property with everything you could wish for in a holiday property."

    Have stayed in many cottages and this rates as one of the very best. Lovely welcome pack and fresh flowers. The area is lovely with lots of things to do. We loved it and will be back for sure. Thanks to Dee for going the extra mile. Wonderful.

    Reviewed by DianeSep 2018

  • "The accommadion was exceptional in respect of location, kitchen ware and general comfort."

    The cottage was spotless and extremely cosy and welcoming. A return visit is a must.

    Reviewed by CSep 2018

  • "The owner of the cottage could not have been more helpful and had had also provided a welcome pack, for which we were grateful."

    The cottage was in beautiful condition and was in a wonderfully peaceful location a short drive from Buckie.

    Reviewed by RachaelSep 2018

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday!"

    The whole process from booking our holiday then the duration to the end was straight forward without complication. Sykes are very helpful and informative from start to finish. Highly recommend. A++++

    Reviewed by MichaelAug 2018

  • "Beautiful cosy wee cottage with fantastic views from the summer house and superb sunsets over the moray Firth ."

    ..oh & did I mention the box of goodies for us all including olly my dog from out hostess...... Dee-lightful

    Reviewed by ThomasAug 2018

  • "This well laid out cottage was clean and warm on arrival, with the lights on to show us in."

    We walked in to a very large basket of welcoming goodies - tea, biscuits, wine, treats for the dog and more. The garden was secure so we were able to let our dog trot around safely without worry. From the summerhouse we sat and sipped our coffee while watching the deer and wildlife in the adjacent fields. And the view across the Moray Firth was lovely to gaze at from the summerhouse too. During our stay the owner went beyond the normal lengths to make our stay as lovely as possible, even welcoming us back after we had to leave to deal with an issue back at home (which we had thought would prevent us continuing our holiday). It is definitely the sort of cottage that we prefer and we would recommend to others.

    Reviewed by JulieJul 2018

  • "The cottage was in a very peaceful location and was perfect for our needs."

    The owner had gone out of her way to make the cottage welcoming. She left us a very thoughtful welcome pack with all the essentials we needed, coffee milk bread and many others. Also treats for the dog! The towels were set out beautifully with tartan ribbon which added to the tasteful decor of the cottage. Thank you we had a great holiday.

    Reviewed by ChristineJul 2018

  • "A perfect good sized cottage that is remote enough to enjoy the quiet and still not too far from town."

    The summer house is amazing at night with a drink and just watch the sea views. Owner had everything covered from spare dog lead in case we for got ours to local take away menus. I loved every minute of my stay.

    Reviewed by PaulJul 2018

  • "Woodside cottage was a beautiful cottage."

    Spotlessly clean. Had a lovely welcome pack full of goodies waiting for us. The area was just what I was looking for, tranquil and stunning views. I would recommend this cottage to everyone.

    Reviewed by SamanthaJul 2018

  • "Excellent cottage, great weather and location"

    Reviewed by LizJun 2018

  • "This was a lovely cottage, well presented with a few added extras on arrival."

    The surrounding area has lots of small coastal towns which provide lots of interest. This is the first time I have booked one of Sykes cottages and would not hesitate in using them again. I would definitely return

    Reviewed by MargaretJun 2018

  • "This cottage gets a 10/10 in every category; the setting is rural, quiet and idyllic, yet only a 10 minute drive from the nearest town, with stunning views over the Moray Firth to the Cromarty mountains beyond, which any artist would be jealous of."

    I've been self-catering for over 20 years and this cottage is surely the best yet; cleanliness and equipment is of a very high standard and there is great attention to detail, including some welcome extras for the dog- it is better than a home from home!

    Reviewed by KimJun 2018

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The property

Woodside Cottage is a tastefully decorated, Scottish stone-built detached cottage on the outskirts of Clochan, and five miles from the burgh town of Buckie in Moray, Scotland.

Make your way off the main road, following the signs to Clochan, proceed along the single track road, and you will begin to feel the stresses and strains of modern day life fade away, as you take in the peace and quiet of the surrounding countryside.

As you climb the winding road take in the stunning views towards the nearby coastal town of Buckie and the Moray Firth.

Woodside Cottage will be your home for your holiday break.

As you arrive at the whitewashed stone cottage, note Woody the Bear in the front garden, welcoming you to Woodside Cottage.

The owner has lovingly restored the property, keeping much of the charm and character of this 100 year old Crofters Cottage, retaining a traditional red tin roof.

Through the double front gate, there is ample parking for up to three vehicles.

The enclosed garden has neat lawned areas, with fruit trees and seating, perfect for those warm sunny days, where you can sit and listen to the birds whilst you enjoy the lovely views over the surrounding countryside.

Woodland walks can be accessed from immediately opposite the cottage.

Or venture a few miles towards Fochabers to enjoy The Forestry Commission Winding Walks, which has miles of paths and bike tracks.

As you enter the cottage from the front stable door, you will come straight into the well-equipped, bright kitchen diner, with a set table and seating for up to four people.There is an immaculate family shower room with a large modern corner shower and vanity unit.The two bedrooms at Woodside Cottage are stylishly decorated with splendid bed linen.Both the single and the double bedrooms have plenty of storage space, and both look out onto the garden.Spend your evening in the cosy sitting room, relaxing by the wood burning stove and TV, chatting about your day in this wonderful area of Morayshire, planning whatever pleasures await you tomorrow.

In the garden at Woodside Cottage the Summerhouse, with comfortable seating for four is available for you to enjoy your afternoon tea or a glass of wine while you take in the views across the countryside towards the shores of Lossiemouth Bay, with its miles of golden sands.

Look out for grazing deer, red squirrels, and an abundance of wildlife which are frequently seen around the area.Spend an evening in the summerhouse and you could see amazing golden sun sets, and may even be lucky enough to sight Aurora Borealis.So don't forget your binoculars!

At the rear of the cottage there is a large lockable outbuilding for you to store bikes, canoes, hang wet suits or any other items you wish to store during your holiday.

The property sits in the sleepy hamlet of Clochan with only a scattering of houses and a quaint community centre, set in the old stone built school.

Note the nostalgic red telephone box, a relic of days gone by but an amazing photo opportunity, there is also a historic memorial to The Land Army Girls who worked these fields long ago.

The popular town of Buckie is located nearby and offers a wealth of quality amenities including a small heritage museum, leisure centre, shops, cafes and petrol stations, as well as a working harbour, with local caught fresh fish shops.

From Buckie harbour you will see many cottage seeped in history gable end to the sea.

Wonder around these traditional fishermen's houses, taking in the history and atmosphere of the area.

The glorious beach at Strathlene is nearby and is host to seals seen soaking up the sun on the rocks.The coast line has many other quaint fishing villages for you to discover.

To name a few there is Findochity, with its beautiful harbour, Portknockie, with the Bow Fiddle Rock, Cullen, famous for Cullen Skink (a delicious Fish soup, made to a secret recipe, a must to try in one of the local cafes).

Venture a little further to Sandend Village with its fabulous sandy beach, and breaker waves, ideal for a spot of wind surfing, and Portsoy famous for the annual Boat Festival and award winning ice cream shop.

All are located within easy driving distance.

Woodside Cottage is perfectly located for a wonderful relaxing break on the Moray Coast line, where beautiful countryside and the quaint nearby seaside villages await you.


  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x single
  • Shower room with a basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove.
  • Electric heating, woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, TV with freeview, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Large lockable storage outbuilding, suitable for bikes and canoes
  • Surrounding lawn with furniture and large summer house
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 4 miles
  • Note: The property is rural so phone reception isn't very good.

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About the location


Portessie 1 mile; Rathven 1.5 miles; Portknockie 5 miles; Cullen 7 miles.

Overlooking the beautiful Moray Firth, the burgh town of Buckie lies on either side of the Burn of Buckie, on the north east coast of Scotland. It has an array of shops and pubs and is a great coastal base from which to explore this wonderful part of Scotland. Regular boat trips leave from the harbours of Buckie and further along the coast to Macduff, which offer the chance to see bottlenose dolphins and an array of sea birds. To the west of the town, Spey Bay is the base for the Scottish Dolphin Centre and is also a fantastic place from which to spot dolphins and seals! From Buckie, stretching in both directions, the coastline is peppered with pretty fishing villages and wonderful beaches that are perfect to stroll along with your fish and chips. Pack a picnic, drive to the fabled Loch Ness and enjoy a stroll along its stunning shoreline, or explore the historic city of Elgin, a short drive away. There is so much to see and do from this wonderful little seaside town.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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