Last year we visited Aberdeenshire for the first time and fell in love with it, we loved the people, coastline, the countryside, everything.

We had looked at a few places to stay and had settled on the White Ship in Portsoy which we booked through Cottages.com

The cottage sits on the harbour of the small fishing village with views looking out to sea. The garden to the rear is tiered over several levels and offers fantastic  views of the coastline.


View from the upper garden and Mia enjoying the sunshine


From the moment we walked into the White Ship we felt at home. We have never stayied in a house so well equipped. There was everything from 100s of books, several buckets & spades, washing tablets, pots and pans of all shapes and sizes and even a ball thrower – we had left ours at home!

The kitchen is a real feature of the house, with a large AGA taking prime position and a large dining peninsula in the centre of the room. We loved sitting in the kitchen watching the world go by. I loved nothing more than coming downstairs first thing in the morning and making a coffee, standing on the tiled floor warmed by the heat of the AGA.


The house is full of little hidey-holes, winding staircases and curved hallways, all of which our daughter loved exploring and climbing into. Her personal favourite was what she termed as the “cave” in the kitchen. It was nothing more than a small alcove in the stonework but she could climb in and pretend she was a pirate!

Every morning we awoke to the sound of the sea as it moved in and out of the harbour. You couldn’t help but feel relaxed. From the moment we woke to the moment we fell asleep, the house was always warm and welcoming

The 2nd floor of the house offers a large study with skylights facing the sea, we loved to sit in these in the evening watching the sun set over the hills to the west.

The house was only a few minutes walk from the beach, which was Mia’s favourite place to visit. At low tide the beach is vast and reveals a great selection of rock pools set amongst patches of golden sand

Portsoy village offers the amazing Portsoy Ice Cream, which we visited everyday and tried a new flavour each and every time! We loved having a walk around Loch Soy whilst eating our ice cream, before heading back down to the beach for another wander along the sands. Our personal favourite flavours were Unicorn flavour and condensed milk – yummy and highly recommend if you are every passing through!

The White Ship is a fantastic dog friendly cottage set in the stunning location overlooking the sea and we highly recommend Cottages.com and have used them again already for this year!


Portsoy beach at low tide



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