My last review post on High Seas Hobbit focused solely on the accommodation at the farm because, simply, it is so stunning. But the hobbit house itself only contributed towards the magical atmosphere of our glamping break. The location of High Seas Hobbit is truly amazing and there are so many little nooks and crannies to explore. So this is what we did.
After a day’s travelling (we live in the north of England but High Seas Hobbit is right at the top of the Aberdeenshire coast, so we’re talking a 6 hour drive for us!) we were not quite fit for much when we arrived at the farm. It rained overnight and the morning broke quite foggily- being so high up, it was really quite foggy and for a while we could barely make out the sea beyond the farm. We decided to pop to Aberdeen to pick up a couple of things and to visit the city we’d driven through the day before.
Aberdeen is just an hour’s drive from Rose Hearty and High Seas Hobbit and when you arrive, you are confronted immediately by the imposing coastline and impressive buildings. Beyond that, the shops are pretty good too. We wandered for a while as it drizzled, and then all of a sudden the sun came out and the city came to life!
Aberdeen was a lot more cosmopolitan that I realised and our first stop at the Aberdeen Art Gallery really surprised us. We were not prepared for it being so modern, if that makes sense. As you enter the building the modern art displays are in your face straight away and we spent a long time wandering up and down wondering why indeed it was art, but none the less appreciating the displays. Upstairs was more traditional and the kids loved the toy boxes that were dotted around. We loved Aberdeen.
After lunch we headed back to the farm as we were keen to explore New Aberdour beach.
What can I say? A treasure trove of caves, a pebbly beach with character, a beautiful stretch of unspoilt coastline. The sun came out for us and smiled down as we played and explored this lovely little beach. The kids were fascinated with the caves and were keen to return the next day. It’s a lovely little drive and only 10 minutes or so from High Seas Hobbit. You must visit here!
Our second day at High Seas Hobbit saw us taking a bit of a beach tour. We loved New Aberdour beach so much that we studied the little guide in the hobbit house and decided to try and visit as many of the beaches that were recommended in there. We did pop to Peterhead first thing, for a bit of a wander and a slice of cake. This is a rather oldy-worldy port town that the kids enjoyed running around (it was quiet as the local kids had already returned to school) but they were keen to get to the beach! Our first stop was Pennan.
Pennan has to be seen to be believed. The drive down to this tiny village is amazing. The road is narrow and very windy and very VERY steep! We were praying that nobody would be driving the opposite way, especially as we were leaving! When you get to the bottom, you can park right at the sea front and have a wander down to the little red phone box that was made famous in the film Local Hero. The beach is pebbly and the whole village is so calm and peaceful; we sat for a long time watching the kids paddle and throw stones into the sea. We didn’t see another soul!
Our next stop was Crovie, and the place that I had decided I wanted to visit even before we left home. This is the most amazingly stunning place we have ever visited. You drive to the top of a cliff that looks out over crystal clear waters. And there you park your car, because the village of Crovie is so tiny that all the residents have to leave their cars at one end and walk up to their houses. There is only room for a footpath between them and the sea. Beautiful little houses lining a little cobbly path and then the sea. The beautiful beautiful Scottish coastline.
The sun came out again as we walked along the path in Crovie. We wandered to the end, then back and up the other end to sit by the sea. More pebbles awaited us and again we spent a while just sitting and watching. Watching a slower pace of life. Watching the world going by, and barely able to recognise the fact that we were in Scotland. It really was like another world! The cliffs, the cottages, the sparkling ocean… everything conspired that day to make us fall in love with Crovie.
In the end, we spent so long at each place that we ran out of time to go anywhere else. We had dearly wanted to visit CullyKhan but we simply did not have time. Our last day started very windy and grey and we wanted to get a good start on our journey home before we left. We did, however, spend some time in Fraserburgh which is just 5 miles from Rose Hearty. This is a lovely little town with a friendly little centre and an impressive lighthouse museum. Be prepared to pay for your entry though.
We didn’t manage to do half of the things we wanted to do during our stay at High Seas Hobbit. Make sure you take a good read of the guide in the hobbit house (or speak to Matthew and Carole, who cannot do enough to help. We were given perfect directions to little places that were off the beaten track- places we just would not have found by ourselves) because it really is a comprehensive little guide as to how to make the most of your stay. When we return (and we will!) I want to visit the Spotty Bag shop in Banff, make it to the Last Bus Cafe for lunch, and to go back to Crovie and stay there for a little longer. We also wish we’d had time to go out on a boat to look for puffins and dolphins! I now have a new appreciation for being by the sea and I think this is the perfect place to be able to just sit and think.
The pace is a lot slower at High Seas Hobbit. Take your time, be outside and breathe in the air. It is beautiful and we felt truly honoured to be invited there to review it. Please do take a look at the website for further details and if you think you know someone who might like to stay here, you might want to buy them a little gift with a difference this Christmas? High Seas Hobbit sell gorgeous ‘message in a bottle’ gift vouchers so that you can treat someone special to a break with a difference!