We very much enjoyed our holiday in Gardenstown – it’s a fantastic place for a relaxing break away from everything. Friendly people, beautiful scenery, peace, quiet and no mobile phones.
The village of Gardenstown has a small beach, which varies from sandy to pebbly depending on what the sea has thrown up. The Harbour Restaurant does wonderful seafood, while the butcher and baker on the High Street both sell top-quality produce.
Worthwhile attractions nearby include the aquarium at Macduff (and nearby, the lovely Inshore Fishmongers), the large sandy beaches at Boyndie and Sandend, as well as the picturesque fishing villages of Pennan and Crovie. There are some lovely walks around the area, although the cliff-top walks aren’t as accessible as you might think as the land is farmed right to the edge of the cliff.
Tidewater cottage is clean, compact and neat, with a well-equipped kitchen and most of the things you’d want for a week or two of peace and quiet. Don’t forget to take a good book to curl up with in front of the coal fire in the evenings.
The cottage is large enough for a couple and a child who’s young enough to use the (supplied) travel cot, but an active child of 2 might need a little more space, especially if the weather were to close in.