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Ard Mhuire, Fochabers, Moray


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Ard Mhuire is situated in Spey Bay on the southern side of the Moray Firth. It is metres from the largest shingle beach in Scotland as well as the mouth of the River Spey. This is part of a 450 hectare nature reserve and is a breathtaking and truly unique part of Scotland.

In Spey Bay itself is a Wildlife Centre and Ice House, both are a short walk along the beach path and play host to an amazing variety of wildlife and birds. The osprey can regularly be seen fishing in the River Spey alongside otter, grey seal, an abundance of sea birds and bottlenose dolphin frolicking in the waves. There are a variety of local cruises available from Buckie for a closer encounter with the wildlife. Tugnet Ice House beside the Wildlife Centre is open for tours and was the largest ice house in Scotland when it was built in 1830.

A few miles along the coast the town of Buckie is a vibrant fishing harbour where you can watch fishing boats going about their business and also buy some fresh produce. Also in Spey Bay there is an 18 hole links golf course while nearby in Lossiemouth there is Moray Golf Course and surrounding villages provide several very good local courses. With the mouth of the River Spey on your doorstep it is no surprise that fishing is on hand at the cottage and permits for trout and salmon fishing are available locally, depending on the season. Cyclists and walkers too are catered for with the Moray Coastal Cycle route nearby and the Speyside Way which passes through the village. Mountain biking is available at Moray Monster Trials in Fochabers. Just outside Fochabers The Baxters Visitors Centre and Christies Garden Centre are both child-friendly and offer a great day out for lunch combined with some shopping. The nearby cathedral city of Elgin has all the main high street shops as well as a cinema, swimming pool, ice rink and ten pin bowling.

Scotland has many castles and Moray is no exception, ranging from towers to keeps and ruins. The nearby ruin of Findlater Castle occupies a stunning perch overlooking the sea 2 miles east of Cullen, while Duff House in Banff is a Cultural Arts Centre.

Speyside has the greatest concentration of malt whisky distilleries in the world and no visit to the area is complete without a visit to at least one of the distilleries on the only Malt Whisky Trail in the world. The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival takes place in May and September and attracts visitors from across the globe. This is an opportunity for the local whisky community to show off its produce against the stunning backdrop of where it is actually distilled. Away from whisky itself the Speyside Cooperage gives a fantastic insight into a traditional craft which is still active today building casks for the distilleries.

Ard Mhuire and the Moray Firth have something for all ages and interests as well as being the perfect place to relax and enjoy a break.

  • Sleeps - 6 + cot in any bedroom
  • Bedrooms - 3 (1 double, 2 twin)
  • Bathrooms - 2 (1 bathroom, 1 shower room)
  • Dishwasher
  • Washer/dryer
  • Microwave
  • Woodburning stove
  • Oil fired central heating
  • 2 televisions both with DVD and freeview
  • i-pod docking station with radio
  • Cot and high chair available
  • Large enclosed garden with patio, garden furniture and gas barbeque
  • Children's picnic table, sandpit, trampoline, variety of outside toys
  • Pets by arrangement
  • Short breaks by arrangement
  • Fochabers 5 miles, Buckie 6 miles, Elgin 13 miles
  • Aberdeen Airport 57 miles, Inverness Airport 43 miles
  • Elgin station 13 miles, Keith station 12 miles
  • Pubs/restaurants - a good choice within 5 miles
  • Golf � 50 metres
  • Fishing � � mile
  • Cycling � from the door
  • Ten pin bowling, swimming pool, ice rink, cinema � Elgin 13 miles
  • Spey Bay Wildlife Centre � 50 metres
  • Playbarn � Lhanbryde 9 miles
  • Macduff Aquarium
  • Duff House
  • Ballindalloch Castle, Brodie Castle
  • Landmark Adventure Centre
  • Fort George
  • Culloden Battlefield

Ard Mhuire is a delightful bungalow surrounded by a large enclosed garden which is mainly grass with some mature shrubs. The front of the cottage looks across open countryside south to Ben Rhinnes while from the back deck and garden you can see the sea and the coast to Buckie as well as the hills of Sutherland. To the side of the cottage is a large grassy area with ample parking for four cars. From here the cottage is entered through a side door into a spacious hall which is ideal for boots and coats. Just off the hall is a shower room and WC. The fully integrated kitchen has ample cupboard space and a breakfast bar for informal coffees. The kitchen extends into a family room with a dining table for 6 and living area with comfy sofas for 6.

Patio doors open onto a large raised deck which houses the BBQ and garden furniture. This is a great vantage point to watch children playing in the garden and sometimes dolphins playing in the Moray Firth. There is a separate snug with wood burning stove which is fantastic on a cold night for the whole family. This leads through to the bedrooms and family bathroom. There are 3 bedrooms, one double and 2 twins. All are neutrally decorated with plenty of storage space.

From Aberdeen head on to the A96 northbound until you come to the village of Fochabers. Continue straight through Fochabers and then turn right onto the B9104 which is signposted to Spey Bay, carry on for 4 miles until you come to the village of Spey Bay. Turn left just before the road goes left and the cottage is the second cottage on the right hand side.

From Inverness head onto the A96 eastbound until you come to the village of Mosstodloch. Continue straight through Mosstodloch and then turn right onto the B9014 which is signposted Spey Bay then follow instructions above.

What's included:
Oil-fired central heating and logs for the stove are included in the price.
Bed linen and towels are provided.
There are a variety of board games, videos and DVDs for guests to use.

Cost and availability.
Saturday is changeover day, check in from 3pm, check out by 10am.
Short breaks are available by arrangement.
The owners live locally and are available to help if required.

To book this family self catering cottage with views over Spey Bay, click the enquiry button below and see availability and rental prices.

Ard Mhuire, Spey Bay, Fochabers IV32 7PJ Scotland

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