Ivy Cottage - Archiestown Moray

Self Catering

Ivy Cottage, Archiestown, Moray, AB38 7QX

    Traditional "But'nBen" cottage.Pleasant east facing garden, off road parking. Double bedroom ground floor next to bathroom with shower.Two single bedrooms upstairs.Lounge/ dining room with TV / Video Player. Electricity extra. Pet friendly

    On the Whisky Trail with Speyside Way and Castle Trail, nearby. Moray Firth coast with fantastic beaches rocky headlands,Cairngorm National Park, RSPB Loch Garten visitors centre for the summer visiting Ospreys. Easy accessed.

    Archiestown is a grid plan village with a Population of 180. Founded in 1760 this small community is 747 feet above sea level.  The high point south of Archiestown is Ben Rinnes a distinctive Corbett ( a peak between 2,500 ft and 3,000) visible from the village and many areas of Moray and distict being the highest point between the Cairngorms and Moray Firth. A fairly strenuous walk along the Ben path offers views over Whisky distilleries providing the alternative name - "Whisky Hill"  At 2,755 feet above sea level the view on a clear day extends to Moray Firth in the north and beyond mountains of Sutherland,the high ground of Caithness. North west the mountains in Inverness-shire and Easter Ross are visible. To the south west the high plateau of Cairngoms fiil the horizon. Come prepared with walking boots,warm clothes and waterprofs even in summer!  

    A relaxing nostalgic trip is offered by two heritage railways in the area. The Strathspey Steam Railway operate between the small station Broomhill,west of Grantown on Spey (known as Glenboggle in BBC TV series "Monarch of the Glen") Trains call at Boat of Garten (summer home to Ospreys at nearby Loch Garten) and terminate in Aviemore.                                                                                                                                                                                       The Keith and Dufftown  Railway operate 1960's diesel units in a county branch line atmoshere through a quiet enchanting landscape with Malt Whisky connection.Dufftown is The Malt Whisky Capital of the World! The concentration of distilleries- 7 stills here - has lead to a famous rhyme "Rome was built on seven hills but Dufftown has seven stills". The Speyside Coperage between Dufftown and Aberlour has pyramids of casks which can be seen from a gallery being repaired. A film from "Acorn to Cask" tells the story.

    Pleasant village walks around Archiestown include a 2 mile downhill trip to Aberlour. The River Spey is crossed on the elegant Victoria suspension bridge. Aberlour is a central point of Speyside Way Long Distance footpath which extends from Buckie on Moray coast via Spey Bay (Wild Life and Dolphin Conversation base) to Aviemore. Distilleries here include Glenfarclas,Aberlour,Macallan,Cardhu. Tours of distilleries can give an enlightening introduction to the history of the area with tales of illicit distillers,the excise men and local characters. Fishing licences are possible for the River Spey. In the neighbourhood 20 Golf Courses are available.

    Aberlour is home of Walkers Shortbread and many othe tasty delights from this world famous bakery. Enjoy the Factory Shop.At Fochabers on A96 and beside the River Spey 4 miles from Spey Bay is Baxters - the family business producing internationally recognised quality foods.A replica of the original shop is a museum.  

    Craigellachie Bridge,constucted in 1814 was bypassed in 1972. It was until then the A95 Trunk Road! A graceful cast iron  single arch is believed to be the most impressive of the period. The metal work was constructed in Ruabon,North Wales and brought to Moray by sea.The River Spey is most menacing at this point and the bridge constucted at a cost of £8.200 transformed communications greatly. The B9102 to Archiestown is on the cliff above this bridge, 4 miles east of the village.

    Ballindalloch Castle, origins from 1542  is off A95 road west of Aberlour. Seasonally open to the public, it is a family home.  In contrast the ruined Auchindoun Castle was burnt out in 1592. Accessed from a farm track off Dufftown to Rhynie road (A941) it is in Care of Historic Scotland and worthy of the treck to it.National Trust for Scotland Craigevar Castle dated from 1626 is a gem with the exterior splendour said to resemble the appearance as the builders would have left it.In woodland and farming envronment off A890 near Alford it is said to have inspired Walt Disney in Castle design! Alford is the home of Grampian Transport Museum,proving an additional attraction for a longer day out on south side of Lecht ski area into Donside.

    The Moray Firth coast has much to commend it. Sheltered by the Grampian Mountains the rainfall is generally a lot less than  the west coast. Kinnaird Head Lighthouse,Fraserbburgh was the first lighthouse to be built on mainland Scotland in 1787 A museum  open to public includes the light at the top, Pennan was the village scene in a 1980's film "Local Hero" The telephone kisok and harbour featured greatly in the oil industry related story. Further west Crovie houses with gable ends facing the sea are on the shoreline at the base of a cliff. Access to Crovie is now possible in part by road. Formerly the sea or a path from Gardenstown was the way for generations. Banff and Macduff appear large towns in comparison to these communities.Cullen is a most attractive Moray Firth resort, Portsoy a harbour dating from 1692 prospered from trading with Europe. The local marble polishes well was used in the Palace of Versailles,France. Portknockie is a fishing community with the Bow Fiddle Rock - the shape of this rock formation providing the name. From cliff top on easten edge of the village a path extends to Cullen with fine coastal views. West of Buckie the Speyside Way begins. Keeping to the coastal theme after Spey Bay,on the opposite side of the river is Kingston - formerly a ship buiding community. Timber floated down the River Spey sourcing the material for constuction. Lossiemouth has fine sandy beaches. Hopeman, a small seaside communty with holiday atmoshere and caves to explore east and west of the village.Burghead Bay, Roseisle Forest,Findhorn,Culbin Forest and Nairn continue the theme of western Moray Firth communities and fine beaches.    

    Elgin is our nearest city - 16 miles north of Archiestown. The Cathedral was consecrated in 1284 and destroyed by the Wolf of Badenoch in 1390. Elgin until 19th Century was protected from strife-torn central Scotland by the Cairngorms and two savage,unpridictably crossable and unbridged rivers. The Spey to east and River Findhorn to the west.  Archiestown is about mid way between Inverness and Aberdeen.        Both can be reached by quieter roads than A96 which connects them.

    The adventure awaits! 

    2 Self Catering
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2015 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2015

    Room Information

    Number of Rooms / Units
    Room / Unit Type
    Room / Unit Tariff*
    £200.00 per unit per week

    Double bed ground floor adjacent to bathroom with shower over bath.Two single bedrooms upstairs.Lounge / dining room with TV / DVD player. Kitchen with fridge, cabinet freezer,washing machine,microwave.Ground floor rooms heated by off peak electric storeage / convector heaters. Electricity is not included in cottage rental. Upstairs each single bedroom has wall panel heaters. Bed linen and towels are not provided in cottage rental but can be hired at additional charge £19 per person. A deposit of 50% of cottage rental is requested to reserve the accommodation. The balance plus a deposit of £50 for electricity and breakages is requested with balance of deposit. The electricity readings are taken by visitors and refund from the electricity deposit posted to home address of the visitor.

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

    Accommodation Type

    • Cottage
    • Self Catering Holiday


    • Electric Cooker
    • Electric Shaver Point
    • Freezer
    • Fridge
    • Fuel Charge
    • Heating Throughout Property
    • Ironing Facilities
    • Laundry Facilities on Complex
    • Microwave
    • Outdoor Drying Facility
    • Washing Machine

    Leisure Facilities

    • DVD Player
    • Garden
    • Television

    Payment Methods

    • No credit cards accepted


    • Parking
    • Private Parking


    • Shop within 2 Miles / Mobile Shop


    • No Smoking Permitted


    • Village Location

    Special Requirements

    • Non smokers
    • Pets Welcome By Arrangement

    Road Directions

    From south A9 to A95 junction north of Aviemore. A95 to via Grantown on Spey to Marypark east on B9102 through Knockando to Archiestown

    If a scenic journey is suitable b9102 from Grantown on Spey provdes an alternative of quiet but slowr road for 19 miles to Archiestown.

    Public Transport Directions

    From the nearest information centre:- From Elgin Tourist Information Centre leave Elgin South on A941. Travel through Rothes, after Rothes River Spey on left, right turn on B9102 signed Archiestown and Grantown on Spey Scenic Route. On entering Archiestown drive through High Street to hotel. A lane from High Street (Souters Lane) is opposite the side door hotel - this leads to Ivy "Cottage".

    Getting there by rail:- From Elgin A941 from Elgin 12 miles south to B9102 and 4 miles to Archiestown. Limited bus available.

    From Keith A95 Craigellachie B9102 to Archiestown, no buses serve this route. Taxis available from Elgin or Keith.

    Getting there by air:- From Inverness Airport A96 to Elgin. South from Elgin on A941 after 12 miles between Rothes and Craigellachie turn right on B9102 Archiestown 4 miles."Ivy Cottage" is at north end of Souters Lane -  accessed  from High Street opposite side door of Archiestown Hotel

     From Aberdeen Dyce airport - A96 to Huntly A920 and A941 to Craigellachie. Between Craigelllachie and Rothes turn left on B9102 four miles to Archiestown. "Ivy Cottage" is at north end of Souters Lane -  accessed  from High Street opposite side door of Archiestown Hotel.

    Transport within Scotland

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    Access to Public Areas

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds), or access by a ramp or lift :
      • to a public toilet
      • to one or more bedrooms
      • to the lounge

    Building Entrance

    • There is a ramp to the main entrance
      • Handrail by the ramp


    • Designated parking provided for guests with disabilities
      • Within about 50 metres from the main entrance
    • Route from the parking area to the entrance is :
      • with a ramp

    Bedrooms and Bathrooms: General

    • Bathrooms available with :
      • bath with shower

    General Questions

    • Non-smoking policy throughout establishment

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.


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