The Birks ref: UK32019

Forres, Aviemore and the Cairngorms

Scottish Tourist Board 4 Star Self Catering

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Sleeps
4
Sleeps
bedrooms
2
Bedrooms
Bathrooms
1
Bathrooms
Pets
2
Pets allowed
Changover day
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  • Ground Floor Facilities 
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Golf nearby 
  • Highchair 
  • Pets – no charge 
  • Woodburning Stove 
  • Cot Available 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Newly Listed Property 
  • Coastal within 3 miles 
  • Coastal within 5 miles 
  • Entrance Ramp/Level Access 
  • Parking - On Site 

Description

The Birks is a charming, single-storey stone cottage with roses blooming around the door in summer, located in a great position for exploring the area. Presented to a good standard throughout, it benefits from a living/dining room with wooden floors and a cosy wood burner, a garden room with a door leading to the enclosed garden, and a well-appointed kitchen with utility area. Sleeping four guests, there is a double bedroom and a twin bedroom, both served by a family bathroom with a shower over the bath.

Situated in a beautiful location, the property lies within easy reach of Elgin, an old town with a historic museum, ruined cathedral, narrow alleys and an old fashioned cinema. Nearby Forres has many beautiful parks and gardens, and a few miles away is Pluscarden, with its ancient abbey, which is still in use and open to visitors. It is just a short drive to the unspoilt old fishing village of Findhorn, where you can easily spend a day wandering along the marina or walk all the way to Burghead along the glorious beach, past the entire eastern Culbin Forest and the huge dune system. The Moray Firth coastline is dotted with beautiful fishing villages such as Burghead, Hopeman, Lossiemouth, Buckie and Gardenstown, while inland there’s the Whisky Trail, which this property lies in the middle of. Pay a visit to Grantown and spend several days at different distilleries, all with good restaurants and tea rooms. Shop, pub and restaurant 3½ miles.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

All on the ground floor.
Living/dining room: With wood burner, 32" Freesat TV and wooden floor.
Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob and fridge.
Utility room: With microwave, freezer and washing machine.
1 step to...
Conservatory.
Bedroom 1: With double bed.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

First floor

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor

Facilities

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Travel cot and highchair.

Miscellaneous

Enclosed garden with garden furniture. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking.
  • Nearest town
    Forres
  • Shops
    3.5 miles
  • Distance
    3.5 miles
  • Restaurant
    3.5 miles
  • Nearest railway station
    Forres
  • Pub
    3.5 miles
  • Railway station distance
    3.5 miles
  • Lake

About the local area

With a rare wildlife stronghold and a landscape shaped by the ice ages the Cairngorms National Park is full of scenic variety and has a treasure trove of natural wonders for you to enjoy.

Walk the Cairngorms hills which were formed when the last age covered this country. With landscapes characterized by high, rounded humps carved through deep and spectacular gorges the variety of geology in the area is truly amazing. It is also home to a fantastic array of rare wildlife. One quarter of Britain's 400 most rare and endangered wildlife species are protected within the park. If you are lucky you might spot such species as the golden eagle, otter, pine marten, osprey and Red kite sheltering in amongst the sub-Arctic and mountain plants.

The glens of Isla, Prosen, Clova and Mark are well known destinations for walkers as they are all easily accessible by car. They offer low level walks but also provide access to tougher long distance hikes into the south east section of the park. Make sure you take the funicular railway up nearly 1,200m to the summit of CairnGorm Mountain to enjoy spectacular views.

As well as the impressive uplands in the area the lochs and rivers in the region are home to some world class salmon fishing, wildlife and habitats making it yet another area not to be missed. The waters offer a variety of scenic delights including gorges, waterfalls and tranquil expanses of streams.

For woodland and forest walks visit Loch an Eilein on the Rothiemurchus Estate in the heart of Caledonian Pine Forest. Or if you are in search of a beach visit Loch Morlich where the sandy expanse proves popular with fisherman and water sports enthusiasts.

Many attractions are connected with the area's history or wildlife and are great places to learn more about the natural wonders that surround you. Whether you have a passion for wildlife, whisky or walking, or simply want to have fun, you will never be short of something new to experience in this wonderful area of The Cairngorms National Park.

Things to do nearby

Landmark Forest Adventure Park

A fantastic day of fun and discovery with watercoaster, maze, play area, tree top trail, towers and lots more. Tel: 0800 731 3446

Highland Safaris

For those after something a little different, Highland Safaris provides some of the most exciting and unique safari days and events in central Scotland.

Spreyside Heather Garden and Visitor Centre

Multi award winning attraction with quality gifts, antique shop, exhibition, garden centre and wildlife viewing stations. Tel: 01479 851359

The Cairngorm Reindeer Centre

Join the reindeer herder out on the mountainside where the reindeer graze in their natural environment. Treks available from June to September! Tel: 01479 861228

Blair Castle

This remarkable 13th Century private home is open to the public and allows visitors to explore its magnificent gardens and grounds.

Drumin Castle

Constructed in the mid 14th century this well fortified tower house was one the strong hold of Alexander Steward the `Wolf of Badenoch'. Great views and attractive walks close by. Tel: 01479 870070

Highland Wildlife and Birdwatch Safari

Guided wildlife excursions with a friendly, experienced local nature watcher. View the wonderful world of birds and wildlife in remote areas of the Scottish Highlands. Tel: 01479 811169

Loch Garten Osprey Centre
Loch Garten Osprey Centre

Osprey Centre overlooking nesting ospreys, spectacular fish eating birds of prey. Watch them via the CCTV linkup. Tel: 01479 831476

Cairngorm Mountain Railway

Open all year round the Cairngorm Mountain Railway offers a unique gateway into this ancient glacial landscape with fantastic views of the mountain landscapes. Tel: 01479 861261

Highland Wildlife Park

Discover Scotland's wildlife and endangered animals of the world's mountain and tundra regions. Meet the Amur tigers, snow monkeys, wolves, red pandas and even polar bears! All just seven miles from Aviemore.

Auchgourish Botanic Gardens

A fascinating four star 10 acre garden containing collections of over 2,000 hardy and unusual plant species from across the world. Tel: 01479 831464

The Cairngorms National Park

Home to over 17,000 people and extremely popular with visitors all year round, the Cairngorms is Britain's largest national park and is home to an extraordinary range of landscapes, wildlife, history, people and activities.

Highland Folk Museum

This award winning museum has a 1700's township with turf houses and open peat fires, a working croft with animals and a play area with cafe. Tel: 01463 663800

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