Self catering holiday accommodation to rent in Grampian, Scotland, UK

self catering holiday cottages accommodation grampian scotlandGrampian was a region in  the north east corner of Scotland that encompassed Aberdeenshire, Banff and Buchan, Gordon, Kincardine and Deeside, and Morayshire. Although named after the Grampian Mountains, much of the coastal area is relatively flat with hills and mountains inland.  

The coastline of this north east corner is stunning. It offers some of the longest and cleanest sandy beaches in the UK, often backed by sand dunes and marram grass. Where there are cliffs, they are imposing tall pillars of granite, teeming with sea birds including colourful puffins. Ancient former stone-built fishing villages dot the coast, each with its own enclosed harbour where sailing boats bob up and down on the tide.

This is a lovely part of the world to visit for a walking holiday. There are walks all along the cliff tops with panoramic views. Spring arrives a little later in this part of the world, the fields and cliffs are awash with primroses and wild flowers from May onwards. Interesting discoveries await walkers; ancient stone circles, crumbling castles, cairns and lighthouses.

The local language is liberally sprinkled with Doric words, sometimes a phrase book is required or a sensitve ear to fully understand the local dialect. Summers are pleasant, although none too hot in this part of the world, winter ushers in horizontal rain with gail force winds.

We highly recommend this area for an outdoor holiday, perhaps combined with a little golf, hang gliding, wind surfing or painting. It is extremely beautiful and unspoilt. There are way-marked forest trails for walkers and mountain biking, lonely places where deer stop to graze and wild rabbits run amok.

When referring to Grampian, the areas most people mean are Aberdeenshire and Morayshire.

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