In The Area
Gardenstown, locally known as Gamrie, was built into the old red sandstone cliffs. This traditional fishing village has much to explore - walks, heritage, arts and crafts, to name but a few. Together with the adjacent villages of Crovie and Pennan, it has proved to be a sought after film and TV location due to it’s natural beauty and heritage. It is also in close proximity to a number of great visitor attractions, golf clubs, whisky trail and much more.
The small village harbour is full of small boats and is a main focus of the village. There are local festivals organised throughout the summer. A lovely restaurant is located on the habour grounds.
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. 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. At the east side there is a gallery and tearoom which sell locally produced crafts and artwork. The homebakes are wonderful.
The local pub sits at the end of the Main Street where you can enjoy a leisurely drink in a traditional atmosphere. Food is also served. There is also a shop at the top of the village where you can pick up any essentials.
There are numerous activities for enthusiasts of all kinds, walking, fishing, birdwatching, boat trips 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.