“Blessed are the curious for they will have adventures.”– Unknown
Hubby and myself almost always decide to take a break away somewhere last minute dot com. We didn’t want to go far over Easter…. the idea was to find a cosy cottage where we could visit the surrounding location during the day and return to in the evenings and relax—a lovely staycation and somewhere to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and chores. After searching through ‘dog friendly’ holiday lets online, we found a really charming cottage near Fochabers in Morayshire which allowed us to take our boy along with us too. It ticked all the boxes and was ‘perfect’. We were really fortunate to find Lily Collie’s at such short notice.
Just A couple of the places we visited in Morayshire
About Lily Collie’s
The cottage is really cute, modern with a touch of ‘old-worldly charm’. Just our kind of thing. We had a ‘welcome pack’ awaiting us consisting of fresh eggs, full cream milk, butter, marmalade, fresh crusty loaf, hot chocolate, mashmallows, and shortbread, etc. And it wasn’t just us who had a welcome pack…. the dog had one too! He had a lovely wicker basket packed with soft dog blankets, dog bowls and a large tin of dog biscuits (which he loved). On Easter morning, our host left a box of Cadbury Chocolate Cream Eggs on the doorstep which was a lovely surpise. It’s all these very thoughtful ‘extras’ that make a holiday cottage all the more special and memorable.
If you’re looking for a self-catering holiday cottage in a quiet location for a short (or long) vacation, I recommend you check out Lily Collie’s cottage. It has all the amenities you could need and is spotlessly clean, cosy and comfortable.
Things to do in Morayshire
Includes video and website links of the area
If like myself, you have a keen interest in photography, Morayshire has lots of different locations to explore with many excellent photographic opportunities. Whether you are a photographer or just interested in visiting the Morayshire area, check out this informative video here: Scotland’s MUST PHOTOGRAPH Locations | The Moray Coast with Kim Grant (NiSi UK Ambassador) from Visualising Scotland. This video reveals some of the most beautiful landscape Morayshire has to offer, including a series of coves, bays and caves between Lossiemouth and Hopeman. Kim teaches various landscape photography workshops in the Morayshire area, as well as providing one-to-one photography mentoring.
Morayshire offers a range of golf courses, walking and cycling routes, fishing, dolphin spotting, wild water swimming, waterboarding, snorkeling, canoeing, wild life cruises, sea angling and private charter boats, (also North 58 Sea Adventures, Lossiemouth), sight-seeing, e.g. Bow Fiddle Rock (see image above), the Cave of Unparalleled Despair, Gordon Castle and walled gardens, etc. Also, the region boasts 50 whisky distilleries so there are plenty to choose from if a whisky tour might be more your thing.
If you like to eat out, there are lots of cafes and restaurants in the area, e.g. in nearby Fochabers, Elgin and Lossiemouth, etc. And if you enjoy shopping, there are plenty of gift shops in the surrounding towns, plus Threaplands Garden Centre, Lhanbryde which has an excellent restaurant and gift shop, as does Christies of Fochabers if you enjoy browsing garden centres.
The Moray Coastal Trail is also on your doorstep, a 50-mile long walk that takes you to several of Moray’s wonderful beaches, including Hopeman East Beach. If you visit at the right time, you may even see the following like we did, e.g. Hopeman Harbour Jumping. Add to this Lossiemouth East Beach, Lossiemouth West Beach, Cullen Beach, plus there’s a fine beach at Buckie too.
We absolultely loved our visit to Morayshire and Lilly Collie’s. Our only complaint was, we didn’t book a longer stay!
Visit Lily Collie’s – Official booking site
“You’ll never KNOW if you don’t GO.”– Sam Horn
Youtube video – A short video journal (Easter 2022).
My video journal is not a professional video but rather a personal video journal. I am not a trained videographer, although I have a keen interest in learning – it’s on my bucket list, lol.
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