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Moray Mirth Cottage

Portknockie, Moray, Aberdeenshire & The Coastal Trail (Ref. 11293)



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  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 3

  • Pets Yes

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  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Sky TV
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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36 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely cottage well kept and equipped,Roger was lovely no hassles."

    We very much enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by JulieApr 2022

  • "Fantastic holiday, we really didn't want to leave."

    The cottage was amazing and the location was stunning. Roger was so warm and friendly and was there to welcome us and explain how everything worked, he even left us some treats in the fridge for breakfast. The cottage was above all of our expectations and having stayed in more cottages than we can count this is definitely the best. We think we left a little of ourselves in Portknockie and look forward to returning again for another adventure.

    Reviewed by VikiOct 2021

  • "This is an amazing property."

    It was so good that when I stepped into my own house on return I was disappointed! It’s extremely well equipped, impeccably clean and has super comfy beds. Even the TV was better than my own one!! Loved it and we plan to return.

    Reviewed by SheonaOct 2021

  • "We have been going to holiday cottages for more than 50 years and we have no hesitation in stating that Moray Mirth cottage is by a long way the very best cottage accommodation we have ever experienced."

    Every thing about it is of the highest possible standard. It is the most comfortable, well equipped and beautifully furnished cottage one could wish for. The icing on the cake was Roger the owner. He was there to welcome us and show us the setup, which included lots of delicious breakfast delights in the fridge ! Not only that, he contacted us after a few days to ensure that we had settled in and had no problems. Once we returned home he enquired to see if we had a safe journey back. We have never before had that kind of consideration ! WE WILL BE BACK !!

    Reviewed by RonaldSep 2021

  • "WOW we have all had a wonderful week in Moray Mirth,what an absolutely beautiful ..."

    WOW we have all had a wonderful week in Moray Mirth,what an absolutely beautiful and comfortable house,there is nothing that you could want that isn’t there Roger the Owner was there to greet us and show us round his property (so helpful)and even text me on the Sunday to make sure we had had a comfortable night and had everything

    Reviewed by LizSep 2021

  • "We had a great week staying at Moray Mirth."

    The owner met us on arrival and clearly and quickly explained where everything was and how it worked, but there’s also a great folder full of info. The house was exceptionally clean and had everything we needed for the week of sunshine, showers, beach days, picnics and walking. Perfect little back porch for the dog and garden dog friendly too. The cottage is very spacious and had more than enough room for 3 adults, 2 kids and a Labrador. The village is lovely and everyone so friendly from Alan in the pub, the ladies in the spar next door but one and the fishermen down at the harbour. Harbour was great for afternoons of jumping into the sea/paddle boarding and it’s just a 6 minute drive to the gorgeous Cullen beach. A fabulous house in a fabulous location. Little touches like fresh flowers and loaf of bread and eggs and bacon made it perfect!

    Reviewed by EleanorAug 2021

  • "The cottage was clean comfortable and really well equipped."

    Great water pressure on the showers. More spacious than I expected.Garden was lovely.

    Reviewed by SheenaJul 2021

  • "We have stopped in a lot of holiday homes and this is by far the best."

    Reviewed by TimothySep 2020

  • "Superb, spacious, comfortable cottage with all you need for a your stay."

    The owner thoughtfully greeted us on arrival to quickly run through things with us which was a nice touch. We often visit the Moray Coast area for a break and this is undoubtedly the best cottage we have stayed in and will certainly not look past it again on our return.

    Reviewed by DerekSep 2020

  • "Amazing cottage super clean and great position."

    owners where great and very helpful

    Reviewed by LoraineAug 2020

  • "Fantastic Cottage in a really quiet village."

    You couldn’t ask for anything more in this Cottage as it has everything you could possibly need. Roger is a really nice guy and always there if you need him. Cottage is beautiful inside and of the very highest standard. Fantastic!!

    Reviewed by PhilipDec 2019

  • "This is undoubtedly the most expensively and well equipped holiday cottage that I have ever stayed in, in the past 20-25 years."

    Where else would you find a pair of Tartan clad armchairs, and on each one, a 'toy daschaund' clad in exactly the same tartan. The television was enormous, and perfect, seemingly with all the Sky bells and whistles already paid for. Everything was top quality. I slept extremely well, the kitchen was very well equipped, and the upstairs bathroom had underfloor heating. The village of Portknockie was lovely, a Spar shop 2 doors away for early morning rolls and newspapers, and plenty of parking on the road. The Chippie, about 50 yards away, serves an enormous menu, very efficiently, and all of superb quality. This was my first visit to this part of Scotland. The beaches were superb, I especially liked Cullen Beach, but be careful of the tide, although you can always escape up the bank to the footpath beside the golf club. There is an enormous range of tourist attractions in this part of Scotland, loads of very interesting shops in all the towns and larger villages, and everyone is 'So Very Friendly'. There are probably 20 or so Whiskey Distilleries within 2 miles, and I didn't find time to visit even one of them! { but I was also driving}. Go again - you bet !!!

    Reviewed by BrianSep 2019

  • "Wonderful holiday in a wonderful part of Scotland."

    The property was equipped with everything you could possibly want for a home from home experience.

    Reviewed by SarahSep 2019

  • "The cottage was furnished and maintained to a very high spec."

    and genuinely provided home-from-home comforts. The location is amazing and there are many wonderful walks and coastal towns to explore. My favourite memory is our evening stroll down to harbour to watch the sunset and the dolphins playing in the bay

    Reviewed by AndreaAug 2019

  • "I would truly recommend this cottage to anyone wanting to get away from the fast pace whilst still being in civilisation."

    The fishing town is very quiet, yet friendly whenever you do bump into folk, you have key amenities within 5 minutes drive(you do need a car for this spot), a central pad to explore further afield including Cairgorns National Park or Inverness and northward, and great for dog walks being on the Moray walking trail. The eggs and bacon were a wonderful addition on arrival ... would go back in a heartbeat and missing Cullen's sandy beach beach already!

    Reviewed by KtJun 2019

  • "Comfortable beds, plenty of room for 6 adults."

    everything you could wish for in way of kitchen and entertainment

    Reviewed by KayMay 2019

  • "A fabulous cottage and beautiful area"

    Reviewed by SusanMay 2019

  • "Fantastic cottage in a great location."

    Very comfortable and great selection of games, DVDs, books etc. Made good use of the tennis rackets with the local tennis courts near by. Would definitely love to return.

    Reviewed by FionaApr 2019

  • "The cottage was equipped with very high speck tv's etc."

    The kitchen was well equipped with everything and more that we needed and was also of very good quality. The bacon, eggs, milk and bread that the owner Roger left was very thoughtful and much appreciated. There was everything we needed right on the doorstep! Spar, coffee shop, excellent fish and chip shop, pup and hotel where we enjoyed a lovely evening meal on our last night of our stay. There are plenty of lovely villages around to visit and would recommend the ice cream parlour in Portsoy!

    Reviewed by CarolApr 2019

  • "This cottage is so well equipped it's like staying in a 5 star hotel with your own kitchen!"

    Reviewed by TerryMar 2019

  • "This is a very highly appointed accommodation with a thoughtful and considerate owner."

    very good indeed and pet friendly

    Reviewed by PamelaFeb 2019

  • "Had a fabulous stay at Moray Mirth."

    Roger was there to meet us and showed us around explaining everything we needed to know. The house itself was very clean and homely and had everything we needed for a comfortable stay. The bedrooms were brilliant and the duvets and beds very comfortable. It was lovely coming back to the house and putting on the fire and keeping warm in the living room. It was brilliant having sky in both the kitchen and living room and all the games in the house gave our wee boy something to play with. Overall a fabulous place to stay and we are already thinking of coming back. Thanks to Roger and Nicola for Bens lovely gift. He was super impressed that you knew it was his favourite toy.

    Reviewed by JenniferNov 2018

  • "Perfect combination of a lovely home from home, beautiful beaches, cafes and the autumn weather gave us a lovely week away."

    Moray Mirth is very comfortable with the most comfortable king size bed in main bedroom, lovely bathrooms, sonos sound system and a great kitchen if you plan to cook in. The enclosed garden is great if you have a dog.

    Reviewed by LizOct 2018

  • "Fabulous property in a beautiful area of Scotland."

    Would recommend this property. One of the best we have stayed in.

    Reviewed by VeronicaSep 2018

  • "This was a lovely cottage."

    It was clean, it was comfortable and it was beautifully presented.There was a generous welcome pack. The owner was delightful. The location was ideal for exploring the coast , for hill walking and for the odd dram here and there. Portknockie is also blessed with the best fish and chip shop we have ever been to.

    Reviewed by JoanAug 2018

  • "Moray Mirth was a lovely cottage which was very comfortable and exceeded our expectations."

    Everything possible was provided and the downstairs bedroom suitable for my mother who is 86 with en-suite facilities. One bedroom upstairs also had an ensuite shower room. Moray Mirth also had a wrap around garden with somewhere to sit wherever the sun happened to be. The whole cottage was well laid out with everything provided for catering indoors. It was great having Sky t.v. in the lounge and large dining kitchen. Downstairs bedroom also had freeview t.v. Comfortable leather sofa's in the lounge making relaxing easy.

    Reviewed by AnnJun 2018

  • "Wonderful accommodation, superb location."

    Reviewed by ChristopherApr 2018

  • "The cottage was very comfortable with everything you could expect and more."

    Views were amazing and the enclosed garden was well maintained. The owners were very welcoming and the gift was very useful. Loved the local walks and nearby coastal villages

    Reviewed by DeborahApr 2018

  • "Very well equipped and comfortable cottage."

    Superb location from which to tour north coast.

    Reviewed by RobertApr 2018

  • "This holiday cottage is one of the nicest we have ever been to."

    The cottage has the best of facilities and is beautifully maintained. Would definitely recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by CarolynDec 2017

  • "Really good facilities within the holiday home."

    It was nice to be near a shop. Brilliant place to have a holiday. The coast line is fantastic and all of the villages are really interesting. Lots of lovely places to eat. The owner of the holiday home was very welcoming and friendly and even gave us lifts to the railway station which was incredibly kind and helpful and much appreciated.

    Reviewed by AlisonNov 2017

  • "Property was better equipped than most holiday cottages and was very clean and comfortable."

    Warm welcome from owner included some groceries in fridge. Lovely cottage in a beautiful location.

    Reviewed by RobertAug 2017

  • "The house and gardens were beautifully maintained and appointed."

    It is clear that Roger takes pride in his house - it is palatial when you arrive, and has some excellent features you tend not to see in other lets. The Sonos sound system throughout the house, Le Crueset cookware and very high quality decor (original art and Hermés plates and platters) are but a few of the myriad tasteful touches. An absolutely excellent property, and based on our interactions with him - an equally excellent owner. We wish all of our letting experiences were up to this standard.

    Reviewed by AlexJul 2017

  • "Moray Mirth is a fantastic, clean, comfortable and luxurious property."

    It exceeded our expectations and the owners were friendly, welcoming, kind and communicative. Our family of 6 were very comfortable and had a great week exploring the beautiful local area. We look forward to visiting Moray Mirth again soon.

    Reviewed by AlanOct 2016

  • "This is one of the nicest holiday cottages we have ever stayed in and we've stayed in a lot over the years, had absolutely everything we could possibly need and so many thoughtful touches."

    The online booking process was also very quick and straight forward.

    Reviewed by KarenOct 2016

  • "Mirth cottage is by far the best self catering cottage we have stayed in to date."

    Roger and Caroline are wonderful hosts and have made sure that the cottage is equipped to an incredibly high standard. I am very fussy but there was absolutely nothing to criticise. It was a home from home, in a wonderfully peaceful and relaxing location in the beautiful village of Portknockie. We will be back!!!!

    Reviewed by ArleneOct 2016

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x ground floor king-size double with TV and en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x king-size double
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Utility
  • Sitting room (seats 6) with gas fire.
  • Gas central heating with gas fire
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, Nespresso coffee machine, 2 x TVs , 1 x TV with Freeview, VD, CD/radio, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot, highchair and stairgate
  • Roadside parking next to cottage
  • Secure bike storage
  • Private lawned front garden and enclosed rear garden with patio and furniture
  • Tennis equipment (4 racquets and balls provided) and fishing equipment (two rods provided) Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1 min walk, pub, coast and harbour 2 mins walk.

The property

This lovely detached, stone cottage is in the fishing village of Portknockie on the stunning north east coast of Scotland.

This charming cottage offers spacious and tasteful accommodation, ideal for a family or group of friends who want a seaside location with easy access to a wide range of activities.

The cottage has a well-equipped modern kitchen complete with a Nespresso coffee machine, where you can cook fabulous meals to be enjoyed in the lovely dining room, and there is also an attractive sitting room.

The cottage has the added benefit of TVs in both the kitchen and the lounge so you don't have to miss out if you are the chef in the party!.The cottage offers three comfortable double king-size bedrooms, two of which are en-suite, and one is on the ground floor with TV.

To complete the accommodation, there is a ground floor family bathroom.

At the rear of this lovely cottage there is a neat and fully enclosed garden providing a choice of seating areas, and from here you can see the sea whilst you sip a cool glass of wine on a sunny summer evening.

The village itself has good local facilities including a local grocer's shop just a few yards away from your attractive cottage and there is a pub just a little further away.

The nearby town of Cullen offers opportunities for shopping and dining, and the many fishing villages along the coast all have their own shops and restaurants, each with individual charm and catering to all tastes.

Whether you decide to visit the many lovely beaches along the coast, play golf on the breathtaking links courses, search for dolphins and wildlife or simply indulge yourself in the fascinating history of the area, you will love it all, and it's all easily accessible from the cottage.

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About the location


Cullen 2 miles; Findochty 2 miles; Buckie 5 miles; Elgin 20 miles.

The popular coastal village of Portknockie occupies a stunning, cliff-top position overlooking a natural picturesque harbour on the striking Moray Firth Coast. Explore the craggy cliff-tops, beaches and secret coves or absorb the dramatic views of the Bow Fiddle Rock, or look out for the dolphins, seals and sea birds that live in the Moray Firth. National Cycle Route 1 also passes through Portknockie. Why not visit the delightful town of Cullen, situated beneath spectacular railway viaducts and renowned for its hearty Cullen Skink (smoked haddock and potato soup) or enjoy a spot of golf at the remarkable golf course? Take a pleasant drive to the lively market town of Elgin, home to an imposing cathedral, museums and the mesmerising Biblical Gardens. Travel east where you will find the historic town of Banff home to an excellent golf club and the fascinating nearby Inchdrewer Castle. With the whole of the Moray Coast to explore, with its Whisky and Castle Trail, abundance of historic houses and gardens, sparkling golden sands and hospitable inns, this is a superb base from which to enjoy the delightful north east coast of Scotland.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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