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The small village harbour is full of small boats and is a main focus of the village. On a clear day you can see the Caithness hills across the Moray Firth and the sunsets are spectacular. There are local festivals organised in and around Gardenstown throughout the summer.


Gardenstown Harbour, Aberdeenshire, scotland

The beach lies to the west of the village where adults and children alike can enjoy walking, exploring or generally relaxing. There are two streams that run down from the cliffs into the sea. Dolphins, and sometimes even whales, can often be seen in the bay. Puffins, herons and an abundance of other bird life have made the beach and surrounding cliffs their home.

Gardenstown Beach, St johns Churchyard

At the far end you can walk up the hillside to the historic St Johns Churchyard, said to have originated in 1004, which sits proudly overlooking Gardenstown. The churchyard can also be accessed by road on the outskirts of the village.

Moray firth Bay, dolphins, seals, Gulls

The local pub - Garden Arms - sits at the end of the Main Street where you can enjoy a leisurely drink in a traditional atmosphere. Food is also served.

Also in Main street is The Wee Shoppie which offer a range of produce  - deli items, burgers, sausages, fish, bread, milk, wines & beers etc.

There is also SPAR shop with Post Office (limited opening) at the top of the village where you can find all your essentials.

Gamrie Heritage Centre, Food & Drink

The Heritage Centre on the harbour opens every afternoon except Sundays during the summer. They have collected many artifacts and have a large selection of photographs which tell some of the history of Gardenstown.

In Newground there is a local craft gallery and cafe with home bakes – Eli's, Craft, Cakes and Coffee. They have a lovely range of scarves, paintings, jewellery to mention just some of the arts and crafts on offer.

There is another small shingley beach to the east and at the end you will find the ‘Snook’. This is a pathway around the cliff leading to the adjacent village of Crovie.






Walks around
Gardenstown & Crovie

including details and maps of
5 local walks


in Gardenstown
Find Links & Watch Trailers

adjacent villages - crovie & pennan


Gardenstown from the Sea

Crovie, with its lovely historic pier is located eastward from Gardenstown. It can be accessed by road or a short walk along the pebble shoreline and through the ‘Snook’, tide permitting. It is a unique village built on a ledge at the foot of the cliffs. There is parking at the end of the villages but the cottages can only be accessed on foot along the coastal path.


A little further east you can find the village of Pennan and its harbour made famous by Bill Forsyth’s award winning film ‘Local Hero’ in 1983. The telephone box, a main feature of the film, still remains.

The Pennan Inn has a delightful Gallery.

activities & attractions - around & about


There are numerous activities for enthusiasts of all kinds, walking, fishing, birdwatching, seatrips to observe the staggering array of wildlife to name but a few. There are also many cultural and visitor centres which provide a wealth of information and a great deal of fun.


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