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Portknockie, Buckie, UK
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Buckie Holiday Accommodation Guide

Checkout Buckie Holiday Accommodation Guide for your visit to Buckie in Banffshire, on Spey Bay, about l mile down off the A98, a straggling port and conurbation, was once the largest town in the former county, its harbour the busiest on the Moray Firth.

Two hundred years ago the villages of Easter and Nether Buckie had a total population of some 700 now, Buckie, which has absorbed the hamlet of Buckpool Gordonsburgh, lanstown. Portlessie. and Strathlene. has a far larger population and in summer many hundreds more, for it is a popular holiday resort with caravan sites and two golf courses in addition to its swimming pool and other marine amenities.

This had been a fishing community for generations, but it was John Gordon of Cluny who as recently as 1872 built the Cluny harbour that put Buckie into the forefront of the line-fishing industry and enabled it to become one of the busiest herring ports in Scotland. The herring fishing has declined but the harbour is still busy with fishing and other craft.

In the centre of the town, on the cliff-top below which lie the harbour basins and the fish market, is Cluny Square With at its west end. another square dominated by the spires of St Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, built in 1857, and a reminder that for many years after the Reformation this was a Catholic stronghold, indeed. at an ancient kirkyard of St Ninian‘s at Chapeltlord. 6 miles south west of Buckie. there was built the first Catholic church in Scotland since the Reformation, but this was destroyed by anti-Catholics in 1728 and the site is marked by a cross in memory of Bishop Nicholson. the first Bishop Apostolic of Scotland. Who died in 1718. In 1755 the laird of Tynet gave the Catholics a former cottage in which they might worship, and this, restored and in use, is known as the ‘Bantlshire Bethlehem’.

Portgordon, 2 miles west of Buckie, was created by the 4th Duke of Gordon in 1797 as a trading port for the export of grain and later became a herring fishing centre, the harbour is derelict but the fishing community remains.

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Buckie is in a prime location to serve as a hub for exploring the breathtaking Moray Coast, and visitors can take boat rides from the harbour to see the famous dolphins that live in the Moray Firth. Buckie is a fishing village that centres around Cluny Harbour, which can be found along the coast of the town. This is still one of the most active harbours in Scotland, and it is a fantastic location from which to observe fishing boats coming and leaving, as well as vessels being constructed and repaired at the Buckie Shipyard.

There is a wealth of information regarding the history of Buckie and the surrounding area that can be found at the Buckie and District Fishing Heritage Centre.


The Speyside Way is a popular walking route through the historic Spey estuary and valley. If you stay in a period property in the centre of the town, all of the town's services, including the beginning point of the Speyside Way, will be within easy walking distance.

Visit the nearby community of Portknockie to take in the breathtaking sights of Bow Fiddle Rock, a natural rock arch that spans the ocean. Continue on for a short while until you reach Cullen and stop there for a bowl of the world-famous Cullen Skink Soup. This hearty Scottish soup is made with smoked haddock, onions, and potatoes.

Buckie is located at the beginning of the world-famous whisky trail, which includes well-known distilleries like Glenlivet and MacAllan, all of which can be reached by car in a short amount of time.

The village is conveniently located so that all of the area's amenities can be reached on foot, including the beginning of the Speyside Way, which is a well-traveled path for hikers that passes by the well-known Spey estuary and valley.

Find a number of breathtaking golf courses, such as Cullen, Spey Bay, Buckpool, and Strathlene, as well as some that are located a little further away, such as Nairn, Dunbar, and Castle Stuart.

This region has a rugged coastline and mountains that provide the ideal backdrop for activities such as climbing, mountain biking, rafting, sailing, and hiking. On the other hand, the region's rolling slopes and flatlands are ideal for activities such as walking, golfing, and cycling because they are less strenuous.

Come and take a look at our stunning Walled Garden here at Gordon Castle!

From hiking along the coast and across the countryside to playing golf, sampling whisky, and watching dolphins at the Scottish Dolphin Centre, there are many outdoor activities to choose from.

The larger town of Elgin features everything from parks to museums, offering something for everyone, as well as a wide variety of eateries that are priced to accommodate a range of budgets.

You can enjoy an active or peaceful trip in and around Speyside by staying at one of the many caravan and camping sites located throughout this region.

This is the home of Speyside whisky, and inside this region you can discover the Malt Whisky Trail, which is lined with whisky producers.

Find your way to the Speyside Way, a path that runs for 66 miles along the river Spey and is suitable for walking or cycling.
You can go salmon fishing, kayaking, or swimming in the wild in the mornings, and then head out to one of the numerous neighbouring villages or towns for lunch.

You can reserve a room in a vacation house that is ideal for families and features a huge family dining room and sitting room, both of which have log burning stoves, a study, and a grand drawing room with a marble open fireplace and French doors that lead out to a garden with panoramic sea views.

Find a bed and breakfast in the centre of Buckie that is within your price range. This pet-friendly property is situated in a picturesque location. The deluxe super king rooms provide stunning views of the sea from their private balconies.

Stay in a cottage that was once occupied by a fisherman, find luxury accommodations in a picturesque fishing village just a stone's throw from the beach, enjoy sea views and superfast fibre broadband, and take advantage of the property's location on the Moray Coast Trail close to Sandy Creek Beach, which is perfect for long walks.

Take a stroll along some amazing beaches that make up this glorious coastline, find plenty of wildlife that can be observed at the mouth of Spey Bay, and spot otters and ospreys along this stretch of the Speyside Way, a long distance footpath that runs all the way to Buckie. This is a wonderful base for a relaxing holiday.

Along with a number of other beautiful coastal communities, the Walk Highlands route passes through the quaint fishing village of Portessie, which is located approximately 3 kilometres (2 miles) from the larger town of Buckie.

Along the shorelines of the Moray Firth, these hikes provide vistas that are both ever-changing and stunning.
A well-liked coffee shop can be found in the neighbourhood, and the larger town of Buckie is where you can find all of the community's facilities.

You can have a taste of the day's fresh catch at one of the many eateries that specialise in fish, or you can go to the Fishing Heritage Centre to find out more about the local history.

Find a vacation rental that allows dogs and take your furry friend on long beach strolls.

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