Idyllic Country & Coastal Retreats in Moray Speyside

There is even an Aberdeen City Break, we know it’s not Moray but it’s our closest city and we love it!


There really is something for everyone in Moray Speyside – from coast to countryside, welcoming Scottish towns & wild remoteness to detox in nature. 

Dufftown – whether you want to experience trails for hiking, or those of the Whisky variety. Maybe you prefer Golf or Fishing.  Then there is the annual gathering at our famous Highland Games showcasing Traditional Scottish Dance and Pipe bands to stir your emotion and keep you entertained.

Findochty dates to 1400’s and sits on the Moray Coastal Trail, with a picturesque harbour and coastal scenery.  Water sport and wild-swimming enthuisiasts will uncover a gem of a location, as will walkers, golfers and those travellers purely seeking an off-grid retreat.

Ferryhill a sought after district of Aberdeen City, a central city location with a tranquil rural feel.  From Duthie Park, the Deeside line for walking and cycling, a short drive from joining the bountiful  castle trail there are many peaceful trips to make.  In less than a mile be at the Maritime Museum and all that city living has to offer.

Louise Creane-Smith

Ben Rinnes Blasted by Light with thanks to Jasper Image


Two days in the Cairngorms is not enough. Especially when you love mountains that offer you views for miles. Mountains that are so inviting for hillwalking. Although there are many Munros to bag in the Cairngorms, I’m not even talking about Munro bagging just now but enjoying quality time with yourself or your friends and family. Something we all can relate to.

No need to drive far to find a track to walk or a spot to sit and just absorb the winds, sounds, clouds moving so fast or being so low that you can feel like you can touch them. And you can.

Countless of trails to waterfalls or lochs and wildlife instead of Wi-Fi.

The Cairngorms is a must, like you. 



The sea is quiet, the sky is pink from the rising sun and very close to the horizon, there’s a herd of dolphins jumping. This could be a cheesy scene from a Hollywood movie but this could be your life. The only rare thing about it is the quiet North Sea. Everything else is as true as old fishing villages, mysterious caves reachable only with low tides, sand dunes singing under your bare feet and the constant change of waves crashing to the silky sand or slippery rocks. Sea-salty wind on your face is in perfect harmony with your heart that sings like a happy seabird.

Coastline is the place where different lifestyles meet. A great place to discover the unexpected. About life. About style. About you.

Birgit Photography with thanks - Speyside Cottages Towns to Explore, Seven Stills in Dufftown


The place you feel you could sit for hours on the bench at the city center and just smile. 

Or stroll on the old streets wandering who lives behind that red door? Have they always lived here? 

Laughs and singing from a local pub, little shops and cafés. So special and yet, so familiar. 

Old houses with loads of stories. Old ones. New ones. Traditions that have stood the test of time and people all over the world come to be a part of them. 

Quiet parks and mornings smelling like fresh coffee and scones straight from the oven. 

It’s all in here. Waiting for you, arms open, ready to hug you. Will you open your arms and mind, too?

Balvenie Distillery - few from afar Speyside Cottages


Who would you like to be today? Do you feel like following the footsteps of Rob Roy or taking a fun roadtrip full of Scottish flavours?

Whether it’s fun, legends, ghosts or rich Scottish history you’re after, there’s a trail for you. Whisky and films, gin and TB-series, books and bridges, castles and golf, warriors or inner peace, there’s a trail for you.

Forget the idea that trails are only for those who can’t come up with their own route. Accept the idea that locals do know the best places and these trails are here to give you the best visitor experience.

Find your trail of exploring the best for you!