Relax by the Sea

Soundwaves Gardenstown

Soundwaves Gardenstown

Soundwaves is our stunning self catering Aberdeenshire holiday cottage on the sea front at Gardenstown which is one of the most picturesque fishing villages on the breath taking Banffshire coast.

Gardenstown is on the north coast of Aberdeenshire in north east Scotland. It is a small historic fishing village established in the 18th century and ideally positioned for exploring the beautiful north Aberdeenshire coast also known as the Banffshire coast. The area is renowned for its stunning coastline, wildlife, castles, golf and whisky. Gardenstown sits on the long distance Sustrans cycle and walking route.

Soundwaves master bedroom

Our Aberdeenshire self catering holiday cottage is situated in the historic sea town of Gardenstown which was once a thriving port for herring fishing. It was originally a fisherman's house with an attached net store when it was built in the 18th century.

The cottage comfortably sleeps 6 to 8 in 2 double bedrooms, a twin bedroom and a double sofa bed which can be pulled out in the lounge. The accommodation is over 3 floors with a large dining kitchen on the ground floor and a large bathroom with free standing bath and walk in shower. The kitchen has beautiful sea views which are repeated in every room in the cottage. The kitchen has a large electric range cooker, handmade free standing kithen units, all modern appliances and a large kitchen table than can sit up to 8. On the next floor there is a lounge with beautiful views to the front and a further lobby area at the back with a door that leads out to the back lane. Also on this floor is a twin bedroom again with stunning sea views. A staircase from the lounge leads up to the master bedroom which has its own en suite shower room and uninterrupted sea views. A further staircase leads up from the twin bedroom to a further double bedroom. This room has restricted head height but is full of character and has become known as the “Boat Cabin” !

View of the beach from Soundwaves


Soundwaves Cottage is the perfect Aberdeenshire holiday cottage base for seeing the abundance of wildlife that Aberdeenshire is world renowned for. It is not uncommon to see a dolphin or passing whale. The Moray Firth is home to one of the three schools of dolphins in the UK. Harbour porpoises and minke whales can also be seen in the summer months. The headlands abound with puffins, kittiwakes, gannets, guillemots and other sea birds. Seals can be seen bathing on the rocks a few miles further along along the coast. During the mackerel season mackerel can be scooped out of the harbour by hand. In the winter the northern lights can sometimes be seen. The Moray Firth is an officially designated SAC (Special Area of Conservation).


Aberdeenshire is known as “Castle Country” because it has more castles per square mile than any other county in the UK. Aberdeenshire boasts 300 castles. Close to Gardenstown are the ruins of the 15th century Pitsligo Castle which was destroyed after Culloden. In better repair further inland near Turriff is Delgatie Castle whose oldest parts date back to 1030. Although in private ownership Delgatie Castle is open to the public. Not quite a castle but well worth a visit is the 17th century Duff House which is open to visitors in Banff .Within Banff itself are what remains of the 12th century Banff Castle which was largely demolished to make way for an 18th century mansion designed by John Adam and now a successful arts venue and cafe in the centre of Banff. Probably one of the finest examples in the area is the fairytale like Fyvie Castle whose oldest parts date back to 1211. The large castle and grounds are open to the public.


Gardenstown is close to many golf courses including Royal Duffhouse Golf course in Banff, Royal Tarlair Golf course in Macduff and Cullen Golf course in Cullen. For an extra charge we can arrange golfing breaks. Please contact us for further details.


Sailing boats can be seen in the harbour and there are marinas close by in Whitehills, Banff and Lossiemouth. Sailing courses are available in Peterhead and Findhorn.

Other Outdoors Pursuits

The main large sandy beaches can be found at Banff Links, Fraserburgh, St Combs, Sandend, Sunnyside Bay and Cullen beach. Walking, cycling, surfing and canoeing are all popular sports in the area. There is plentiful fishing available in the world famous Salmon river of the Spey or sea fishing off the Banffshire coast.


Just outside Portsoy is the revived Glenglassaugh Distillery. Whisky tours are available and their own malt whisky can be purchased. The distillery has recently opened a Visitor centre, shop and café. Further afield there are the world famous distilleries of Glen Fiddich, Macallan, Glen Moray to name just a few. Enquire at the time of booking if you would like us to arrange a whisky tour for you.

Northern Lights

Aberdeenshire is famed for the northern lights as it says in the popular folk song “The northern lights of old Aberdeen, mean home sweet home to me”. Our Aberdeenshire holiday cottage has uninterrupted views to the north and out to sea which is the ideal location for seeing the northern lights. The northern lights can be seen best in the winter months when the skies are dark.

Read on to discover why Soundwaves Cottage in Gardenstown is the perfect Aberdeenshire holiday cottage for your holiday. Read about what the cottage has to offer, find out about the many things to see and do in this area of Aberdeenshire and look at the many pictures in our gallery. For prices and availability click here. Then just contact us and your perfect Aberdeenshire break by the Moray Firth will be assured.