Portknockie is a coastal village on the Moray Firth within
The village's name is written as Portknockies in the Old Parish
Registers. This would suggest that the port's name referred to not
one, but two rocky hills at the hythe - the Port Hill and the
Greencastle. Nearby towns include Banff, Buckie, Findochty and
The village was founded in 1677 and it became a significant herring
fishing port during the nineteenth century, although today only a
handful of commercial inshore boats remain.
The town was on the railway network, until this closed in 1968.
A popular site in Portknockie is Bow Fiddle Rock, a large rock about
50 feet high just off the coast. The quartzite structure has a large
sea arch, which somewhat resembles the bow of a fiddle.
Small numbers of seabirds nest on the coastal cliffs. These include
Fulmar, Black-legged Kittiwake, Common Gull, Razorbill and Shag.
Additionally Common Eider can be seen in and around the harbour and
coves during the summer months.
Moray Coast Cottage 4u
Tel: 01888 544750
Cottage sits high above the small sheltered harbour and overlooks
the panoramic view of the moray firth. It is within walking distance
of the centre of the village and is handy for the local village
shop, pharmacy and chip shop and hotels.
It is completely detached and sits cosily in its own grounds with
its own drying area, paths and also a patio where one can sit out
and enjoy the sea breeze and have a BBQ. The cosy family
accommodation comprises of 2/3 double bedrooms 1 double bed, 2
single beds and a sofa bed. The TV family room has a multi fuel
burning stove, dining table and chairs and also houses the sofa bed.
The kitchen has a large double range gas cooker with twin electric
grill sand ovens, washing machine and a large fridge freezer. The
gas central heating boiler is also housed in a cupboard in the
kitchen. The bathroom has a walk in shower and a jaccussi bath where
one can relax after a long day on nearby Cullen beach or indeed
boating or fishing in the sea.
Dogs are welcome but please keep them under control at all times
whether in The Cottage or in the garden.
You are within walking distance to the superb beaches where dolphins
and seals can sometimes be spotted along with a large variety of
birds. Children can play happily on the beach or explore the free
range dunes area.
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