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Portknockie, Moray, Aberdeenshire & The Coastal Trail Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • 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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40 Customer Reviews

  • "Cottage had everything."

    In a great location, close to places to eat and drink without having to drive after a day exploring Moray and Aberdeenshire. Comfortable beds, like lying on a cloud. Grandson had a great time with the toys supplied in cottage. Will definitely return.

    Reviewed by Marcus5.0Sep 2023

  • "A home away from home, clean and comfortable."

    Very well equipped and a lovely welcome basket on arrival. Quiet street within walking distance of local shop, pub, chip shop (excellent fish supper) and Chinese. Nice walks to harbour and neighbouring towns/villages. Would stay again.

    Reviewed by John5.0Aug 2023

  • "Wonderful stay."

    Accurately described house. Lovely welcome pack - much appreciated. Would have liked to be able to open downstairs bedroom windows - may have just been stuck, but didn't want to use too much force!

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2023

  • "Lovely stay at Slaters."

    Previous guests hadn't put dishwasher on and hadn't been checked before we arrived, didn't spoil holiday in any way, these things happen . Great area to explore. Would certainly visit again

    Reviewed by Shona4.7Jul 2023

  • "Well equipped spacious cottage for a family of 5 adults and a golden retriever."

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had taken the basic kitchen supplies, like coffe, tea, sugar, salt etc."

    But it was all in the cupboards and it looks like the owner leaves what the previous tennant leaves, which was brilliant. I had a small observation for the owner which I emailed to him at night and he replied next day. Fantastic service

    Reviewed by Sheila5.0May 2023

  • "Slaters cottage is amazing!"

    ! Great position on a quiet road with parking outside. As you enter it is beautifully clean and well presented. The bedrooms were excellent with good beds and having a downstairs bedroom with en-suite was also brilliant. The kitchen was well equipped and the log burner was lovely to sit by at night. We used the Chinese and that was fantastic and the chip shop was also excellent. (Best to book both by phone). We had a meal with the dogs in Cullen at The Royal Oak which was also amazing and a reasonable price. It had a secure yard for our little Yorkshire Terrier dogs which was great! All of the locals were very welcoming and there are brilliant walks and a lovely harbour. We can overstate how brilliant our 4 night stay was! Thank you so much

    Reviewed by Paul5.0May 2023

  • "Excellent stay at slaters, very clean and welcoming cottage."

    Great base to explore the coast. Recommend a stroll around cullen antique shops when the weather is not too good. Great chippy and Chinese when you don't want to cook. Watch for dolphins at bow fiddle rock, we saw them around 2pm there on our last day, wonderful holiday.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0May 2023

  • "Brilliant stay for 5 nights in October."

    Lovely location to explore the moray coast. Would recommend a stay here. Amenities all close by.

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Oct 2022

  • "We had a fantastic holiday in Slater cottage in Portnockie."

    The house was just like home from home, they catered for everything and our 13 yr old nephew was over the moon with his room and the video games and videos to watch and play. The surrounding location and amenities were very good too, the landlady in the local hotel was lovely (new owners) , we had a take away meal from the local chip shop , food was lovely & fresh , would also recommend the local Chinese take away , there hospitality was superb and the food was gorgeous too. The beaches are all gorgeous and very safe for children. We would highly recommend this cottage again and we will be back. The Sinclair family

    Reviewed by Frederick5.0Sep 2022

  • "Loved our stay at Slater's in Portknockie, 5 adults and 3 kids."

    Cottage was as described and a great base for exploring the coast. Plenty of fishing, swimming and golfing in the area. great time had by all

    Reviewed by Gareth5.0Aug 2022

  • "Had a great week here."

    Slater's is well appointed with everything you might need while you are on holiday. A generous welcome basket was provided, always a nice touch. The beds are comfortable and the kitchen properly equipped for preparing and serving family meals. Minor quibble, the kitchen knives were very blunt. They always are...a sharpener is provided. Great location for exploring the Moray coastline. Cullen has a fabulous beach and is only a short distance away. There is a Tesco in Buckie and I organised a home delivery; worth considering to avoid having to do a shop on arrival. All in all a great cottage and I thoroughly recommend it.

    Reviewed by Emilie5.0Jun 2022

  • "9.30 is a bit early for departure, especially as entry is not until 4pm on day ."

    Excellent house , great location . Warning chip shop will not take orders after 7pm if busy , great chip shop

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Jun 2022

  • "This is a great cottage, spacious and clean."

    Kitchen was well equipped and there was a welcome hamper waiting for us when we arrived - breakfast sorted for the first couple of days! The toys, puzzles and board games kept my kids entertained in the evenings. Very good location for exploring the surrounding area and we had no problems parking outside the property. We would definitely choose Slater's again if visiting the area.

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Apr 2022

  • "Exceptionally clean, beautiful cottage, the owners had left a magnificent ..."

    Exceptionally clean, beautiful cottage, the owners had left a magnificent welcome pack which was very welcome after our long journey, would love to stay again in this beautiful part of Scotland

    Reviewed by David4.7Sep 2021

  • "Both Slaters and Portknockie where excellent."

    Reviewed by Faye5.0Sep 2021

  • "Very well equipped cottage however would struggle to accommodate 8 as advertised."

    Reviewed by Mary4.4Jul 2021

  • "We have visited this establishment before and because of Covid we left booking it."

    However we managed our 2nd week here again along with our family. You just know you are coming to a spotless environment everything in place for a safe holiday. Everything it says on the paperwork is there just bring yourself and enjoy the marvellous scenery. We had the downstairs ensuite bedroom great for our needs no need to climb stairs and house is easy to get around. The owners were exceptional and went out of their way to help on Saturday as family car developed a major fault. They left bathroom open for them until such times the breakdown recovery came which bad marks for AA took 7 hours. We will have no hesitation in returning here but unfortunately Mark is booked up for many months so fingers crossed for next year!

    Reviewed by William5.0Jul 2021

  • "We had a lovely time at Slaters."

    Great base for the area, we enjoyed the walls, the harbour and the sea. The cottage was really comfortable, clean and Mark was so helpful. We’d really recommend it, if you are looking for a base to explore the east coast

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0May 2021

  • "Gorgeous cosy cottage in lovely location."

    Great welcome/breakfast pack on arrival. Cottage equipped with all you’ll need. Very relaxing break.

    Reviewed by Brenda5.0Oct 2020

  • "Fantastic location house perfect well equipped and owner very thoughtful with lovely welcome pack after your journey would definitely recommend this to all family and friends as I know they wont b disappointed."

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Sep 2020

  • "Slaters was like a home from home."

    Cottage was very comfortable and well equipped to meet our needs. Local amenities all within walking distance ...excellent chip shop! Very relaxing holiday.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Sep 2020

  • "We have just had a wonderful week at Slater’s cottage."

    The welcome pack, fresh flowers, space and comfort of the cottage were second to none. The area itself is beautiful and unspoilt and, despite it being February, we had wonderful sunny weather then cosy nights it by the wood burning stove. A memorable holiday - so much so we are hoping to book again for next year!

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Feb 2020

  • "Slaters cottage was perfect and had everything we needed and more."

    Would definitely recommend!

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Oct 2019

  • "Very well equipped house, clean, had everything we needed."

    Great fish and chip shop , two minutes away.

    Reviewed by Kathryn5.0Oct 2019

  • "The cottage was very nice indeed and had every we needed."

    When we arrived there was a nice little welcome basket along with bread milk and butter in the fridge. If there was one thing I would like to bring to your attention is the fact that there is no phone reception you have to go up the road to get any reception. We felt like there could have been perhaps an out going phone (payable) for emergencies. This is typical to this area and not just this cottage we know as we have been coming here for 17 years! There were medical G.P and health centre telephone numbers which unfortunately we had to access this year due to husband taking very unwell. Myself son-in-law had to drive us 5 miles to Health Centre as this was quicker than trying for a reception. All of us enjoyed our stay and we hope to return next year.

    Reviewed by William5.0Oct 2019

  • "Lovely Cottage with almost everything you could need - Portknockie is a quiet town with friendly locals."

    The cottage is very well equipped but since my husband is 80 I would have appreciated a non-slip shower mat in the shower since he found it slippy. Also the sofas are so soft you really struggle to get out of them - this included my daughter and her husband who have no physical problems. Apart from the above which seems really negative (but just pointers really for perfection) - the cottage is beautifully decorated, exceptionally clean with a very generous welcome pack including tassimo coffee machine and pods. We had a lovely week, thank you.

    We are glad you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for your feedback we have ordered new couch's for the property following your feedback. We hope to see you again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Amelia4.7Jun 2019

  • "Fabulous cottage, so peaceful and relaxing."

    Real home from home. Costal walks from the door.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Nov 2018

  • "We found the house excellent."

    It was very well equipped. The bedding and towels were sparkling clean. I would highly recommend this house. Our two year old loved the toy box. Definitely something in the house for everyone. The welcome basket was a really nice touch.

    Reviewed by Liz5.0Sep 2018

  • "We had a wonderful time in Portknockie and found Mark and Ruth so helpful and considerate."

    They went to great lengths to make sure they put everything in place for our grandson, travel cot, bath, high chair, stair gates (upstairs and downstairs), and a fire guard as well, so amazing and thoughtful. There was a beautiful vase of fresh flowers and a welcome basket waiting for us when we arrived. The cottage had such wonderful words of wisdom all about, which helped us to ponder and think more about relaxing and having fun and just taking time to chill out and enjoy every moment. We are so grateful for their kindness and sharing their cottage which was only a few streets away from my sister and her family, as we were there for my niece's wedding. Thank you so much for everything Mark and Ruth. So wonderful to meet you both and enjoy your cottage in a wonderful part of the world. Take good care and we hope to return again Very best wishes Joan and Donal Murphyt

    Reviewed by Joan5.0Aug 2018

  • "The accommodation was very comfortable, you could see, that the owner wants to make his guests at home from the first minute."

    Very well equipped, very clean, interior design with style. Meets high standards, apart from the very nice village of Portknockie and its great fish and chips shop.

    Reviewed by Andreas5.0Jul 2018

  • "We had a wonderful stay at slaters over hogmany - definitely a highlight was hearing the bagpipes being played outside on the street behind us and joining in with their celebrations."

    A warm welcome from the village - we shall definitely return one day.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Dec 2017

  • "Slater's is first class family holiday accommodation, a real home from home."

    It is clean, comfortable and equipped to a high standard It is a fabulous base to explore a stunning part of the country or just to relax. Mark met us at the property and was very friendly and helpful. He even, very kindly, unpacked our Tesco's order which had arrived an hour early. My husband and son took advantage of the free session with the Cullen sea school run by Mark's son and had a great hour kayaking and paddle boarding. We had a wonderful holiday at Slater's and would wholeheartedly recommend this place to everyone.

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Aug 2017

  • "So lovely, warm and well-furnished cottage."

    Every detail fits together in a room. We felt at home right away!

    Reviewed by Sabine5.0Jul 2017

  • "Slaters was very comfortable and well equipped (there were even beach toys and a small selection of wetsuits for the kids!"

    ). Portknockie is beautiful, the kids loved the safe open air paddling pool at the harbour. We saw dolphins in Portknockie itself, seals just along the coast in Portgordon, and ospreys in Spey Bay. We would definitely visit again.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jun 2017

  • "Much nicer than in the pictures."

    We fell in love with it! Very clean, excellent standard of furniture and soft furnishings. Kitchen extremely well equipped. Highly recommend

    Reviewed by Kerry5.0May 2017

  • "Absolutely beautiful Cottage in a stunning location."

    Everything you needed was provided including an extremely generous welcome pack (thank you Mark). Cannot fault anything about the Cottage - it was perfect. Enjoyed fish & chips from the award winning fish & chip shop - beautiful. A ten minute gentle stroll takes you to the harbour & bow fiddle rock - soooo picturesque. We saw dolphins there and an amazing sunset. A fabulous base to explore the beautiful villages & coastline.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0May 2017

  • "We had a fantastic week away at Slater's cottage."

    We enjoyed exploring the area and the weather was very good to us. The cottage was the best we've ever stayed in. It had absolutely everything we needed. The extra benefits of a log burner, coffee machine and extra toys for the boys to amuse themselves with was incredible, including a Playstation and games. The cottage was cosy, beds were very comfy and there was loads of hot water for showers. The boys loved counting the lovehearts in the house. It's the wee things that matter most. The chippy is genuinely the best we've ever had. It was hard work tearing ourselves away from the cosy and comfy cottage of a morning but Moray and Aberdeenshire are worth exploring. Amazing beaches and lovely villages to explore. Plenty of ice-cream shops too. We'd love to visit again soon. We thoroughly enjoyed our break. Many thanks to the owner, Mark who couldn't have been more accommodating.

    Reviewed by Kirsty5.0Mar 2017

  • "Slater's is a beautiful and immaculately presented cottage that I am delighted to recommend to anyone."

    The cottage itself is beautifully decorated. The bedrooms are all great sizes and the beds are extremely comfy! The owner, goes above and beyond to make the experience great, from the generous welcome pack on arrival to providing information on local attractions.

    Reviewed by Charlotte5.0Sep 2016

  • "The house has been furnished with an eye to detail and provides everything a holidaymaker could wish."

    It is very comfortable, plenty of space, and has a welcoming feel. The bay and beach are beautiful and the coastal paths to both Buckie and Cullen are worth walking. Portknockie is an excellent base from which to tour the area. It is within easy reach of Elgin, the nearest big town, as well as the picturesque villages along the Moray coastline. The local fish and chip shop deserves its award winning status. There are two pubs in the village, both within a minute’s walk of the cottage, but only one does food. Previous occupants of the cottage have praised the Victoria Hotel but we found it both unfriendly and rude. The Seafield Inn next door is basic but friendly. On the road to Cullen, the Cullen Bay Hotel provided good food and an excellent place from which to view the dolphins frolicking in the bay (the hotel provides binoculars!). Cullen also has an Indian and a Chinese takeaway, useful at the end of a full sightseeing day. We would highly recommend the cottage.

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2016

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  • Four bedrooms: 1 x ground floor king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x double, 1 x twin, 1 x ground floor single with single pull-out stacker bed
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with breakfast area
  • Sitting room with dining area and woodburning stove.
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, coffee machine, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, 1 x TV with Freeview HD and 1 x HD TV for DVD/PS3 use only, DVD, CD/radio, PlayStation 3, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Roadside parking for 3 cars beside cottage, on first come first served basis
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Patio with furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome, to be kept in kitchen only
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 mins walk
  • Coast 1 min walk
  • Note: Sloping ceilings in first floor bedrooms.

The property

Situated in the heart of the friendly and welcoming village of Portknockie is this detached stone-built fisherman's cottage offering smart and extremely comfortable accommodation.

With lots of space spread out over two floors, SLATER'S is a traditional Grade C listed property in the conservation part of Portknockie.

For many years a general hardware store owned by the Slater family, this is an ideal venue for a large family or group of friends who want to explore the fabulous North East coastline of Scotland.

At ground floor level there is the sumptuous master bedroom with en-suite facilities and also a cosy stacker bedroom that can double up as a snug, with a PlayStation 3 and games to keep the children (and adults) very happy indeed.

The sitting/dining room has a welcoming woodburning stove to ensure cosy nights in and relaxed meals around the dining table.

The contemporary kitchen has a breakfast area and every appliance necessary to allow for the easy preparation of great meals.

An external door from the kitchen gives access to the private patio at the rear of the cottage, a great place for quiet morning coffee or a pre-dinner glass of wine.

The upper floor has a bright, fresh shower room and also a double and twin bedroom both benefiting from large bay windows providing pretty views across the rooftops to the sea, or to watch the sun setting over the Caithness Hills.

Being centrally situated there is easy access to the local shops, pub, hotel, chip shop and the lovely harbour, with its outdoor swimming pool for children to enjoy during the summer months.

This part of Scotland has many pretty villages dotted along the rugged coastline.

The Moray Firth is famous for its jumping dolphins and they can be seen from land or by taking one of the many boat trips out onto the open sea.

Walkers and wildlife spotters will be in paradise; there’s so much to see and experience in this delightful corner of Scotland.

This wonderful cottage will ensure a fabulous holiday for all!

EPC Rating: Band E

EPC Rating: Band E

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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