Crow's Nest

Relax by the Sea

Crow's Nest Garenstown

WELCOME to Crow's Nest our luxury holiday cottage in Gardenstown.

Crow's Nest offers luxury self catering accommodation in Gardenstowns on the breath taking Banffshire coast. Our luxury holiday cottage is larger than most holiday cottages in Gardenstown and boasts 4 large bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Unlike most holiday cottages in Gardenstown it also has private parking for more than one car, free Wifi and good mobile telephone and television reception. While our Gardenstown holiday cottage is suitable for all ages it is ideally suited for those with elderly parents or for the disabled since there are 2 bedrooms and a bathroom on each floor.

Gardenstown is on the north coast of Aberdeenshire in north east Scotland. It is a small historic fishing village ideally positioned for exploring the beautiful north Aberdeenshire coast also known as the Banffshire coast. The area is renowned for its stunning coastline, wildlife, castles, golf and whisky. Gardenstown sits on the long distance Sustrans cycle and walking route.

Crow's Nest Garenstown lounge

Crow's Nest comfortably sleeps 8 to 10 people in 4 well appointed bedrooms and a sofa bed in the lounge. Crow's Nest is so called because of its vantage point over the stunning Gardenstown bay. The house boasts spectacular uninterrupted views over the sea and rugged coastline of Gardenstown bay. The house is ideally suited for all ages with both downstairs and upstairs bedrooms and a bathroom on each floor. The kitchen is handmade with a large electric range cooker. There is a separate utility room. The dining room can seat 8 and the large lounge boasts those spectacular sea views. The house has private parking and garden on all sides.


Crow's Nest is the perfect Aberdeenshire holiday cottage base for seeing the abundance of wildlife that Aberdeenshire is world renowned for. It is not uncommon to see a dolphin or passing whale. The Moray Firth is home to one of the three schools of dolphins in the UK. Harbour porpoises and minke whales can also be seen in the summer months. The headlands abound with puffins, kittiwakes, gannets, guillemots and other sea birds. Seals can be seen bathing on the rocks a few miles further along along the coast. During the mackerel season mackerel can be scooped out of the harbour by hand. In the winter the northern lights can sometimes be seen. The Moray Firth is an officially designated SAC (Special Area of Conservation).


Aberdeenshire is known as “Castle Country” because it has more castles per square mile than any other county in the UK. Aberdeenshire boasts 300 castles and the landscape around Gardenstown is no exception being dotted with castles including the ruins of Pitsligo Castle and the Palace of Boyne and Haddo House all within a few miles of Gardenstown. The 17th century Duff House is open to visitors in Banff as is Fyvie Castle further inland.


Gardenstown is close to many golf courses including Royal Duffhouse Golf course in Banff, Royal Tarlair Golf course in Macduff and Cullen Golf course in Cullen. For an extra charge we can arrange golfing breaks. Please contact us for further details.


Sailing boats can be seen in the harbour and there are marinas close by in Whitehills, Banff and Lossiemouth. Sailing courses are available in Peterhead and Findhorn.

Other Outdoors Pursuits

Gardenstown has its own beach which is a mixture of sand and rock but the main large sandy beaches can be found at Sandend, Banff Links, Sunnyside Bay and Cullen beach. Walking, cycling, surfing and canoeing are all popular sports in the area. There is plentiful fishing available in the world famous Salmon river of the Spey or sea fishing off the Banffshire coast.


Just outside Portsoy is the revived Glenglassaugh Distillery. Whisky tours are available and their own malt whisky can be purchased. The distillery has recently opened a Visitor centre, shop and café. Further afield there are the world famous distilleries of Glen Fiddich, Macallan, Glen Moray to name just a few. Enquire at the time of booking if you would like us to arrange a whisky tour for you.

Northern Lights (aurora borealis)

Aberdeenshire is famed for the aurora borealis or the northern lights as it says in the popular folk song “The northern lights of old Aberdeen, mean home sweet home to me”. Our Aberdeenshire holiday cottage has uninterrupted views to the north and out to sea which is the ideal location for seeing the northern lights. The northern lights can be seen best in the winter months when the skies are dark. Ideal conditions are a dark night with no moonlight and little cloud. There needs to be solar activity.

In these pages you will find why the Crow's Nest Gardenstown is the perfect holiday base for exploring the Banffshire coast. Read about what the cottage has to offer, find out about the many things to see and do in the area, look at the many pictures in our gallery. Then just check on prices and availability, and contact us to book your break.