The Retreat ref: UK30244

Portknockie, near Buckie, Moray

Scottish Tourist Board 4 Star Self Catering



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  • Bike Store 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Ground Floor Facilities 
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Golf nearby 
  • Pub within 1 mile 
  • Decorated at Christmas 
  • WiFi 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Pets – not allowed 
  • Coastal within 1 mile 
  • Coastal within 3 miles 
  • Coastal within 5 miles 
  • Parking - On Site 


The Retreat is a semi-detached, three-bedroom cottage which has been refurbished in 2019 and offers guests a very good level of quality throughout, situated 40m from the beach, it offers guests a very comfortable space. In the spacious living room, there is a sofa and two chairs with a Smart TV. The kitchen was recently renovated in March 2021, it is well appointed and provides a good level of appliances, dishwasher, under-counter fridge with icebox, a dining table and chairs to sit around, and a small laundry area. Also on the ground floor is a master bedroom with a super king-size bed and Smart TV, a twin bedroom and a bathroom with a rainfall shower. On the first floor is a second living area ideal for the kids with a Smart TV, games console, DVDs and bean bags. There is also a further double bedroom on this floor. Outside is a private enclosed courtyard with a seating area and private parking.
The village of Portknockie is on the coast, just a few miles from the thriving town of Buckie. There are plenty of walks available around the local area, try walking to nearby Findochty or Cullen to sample the local soup, Cullen skink.
For golf enthusiasts, both Cullen and Buckie golf courses are close by, and of course you can’t visit this part of Scotland and not try the world class whisky distilleries, with Macduff, Strathisla and Bells close by. The Scottish Dolphin Centre, situated at the beautiful Spey Bay, is approximately 12 miles away and certainly a must-see attraction, while the larger town of Elgin is just 20 miles away. Beach 40 yards. Shop 20 yards, pub and restaurant 40 yards.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

Step to entrance.
Living room: With electric wood burner and 42" Freeview Smart TV.
Dining room.
Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and washing machine.
Bathroom 1: With super kingsize bed and 42" Freeview TV.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and tiled floor.

First floor

Games room: With Freeview TV and games console.
Bedroom 3: With double bed.

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack.


Enclosed courtyard with garden furniture. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    20 yards
  • Distance
  • Restaurant
    40 yards
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    40 yards
  • Railway station distance
    15.0 miles
  • Lake
    40 yards (sea)

About the local area

The beautiful county of Moray lies east of Inverness and Nairn and is well hidden from the main Scottish tourist route. The coast is fairly flat, characterised by large stretches of sand dunes backed by forests and wide bays. Further inland the landscape changes to agricultural, rising up across empty moorland, criss-crossed by rivers and glens towards the foothills of the Cairngorms.

Elgin, Moray's capital is an elegant town offering an array of historic features to view including the magnificent 13th Century cathedral. There is also a Biblical garden, museum with fossil collections and Drumin Castle, a 14th Century tower house.

Not surprisingly this area is a haven for hikers. A network of paths and quiet back roads link the coastal towns and villages making it easy to explore the mosaic of farmland, woodland and shore. Follow the Moray Coastal Trail from Forres and you will eventually reach historic Cullen. Along the way you will find information boards describing your journey.

This unspoilt county abounds with wildlife, such as ospreys, otters, crested tits, red squirrels, pine martens and bottlenose dolphins. Visit Culbin Forest which stands on one of the largest sand dune systems in Britain, and Culbin Bar the best example of a shingle spit.

Visitors to the region will also discover a string of ancient Highland communities all offering you a warm welcome and a variety of attractions. From Historic ruins and castles to dynamic eco-communities, from scenic coastal woodland walks to thrilling climbing, skiing and mountain biking. Whether you want to stroll along the riverbank or beach, or tackle something more adventurous, there are always plenty of options when it comes to getting active.

Moray offers a real taste of the true traditions of the Highlands that is sure to have you coming back again and again.

Things to do nearby

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.

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