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Outdoor decking area.
King size room
Entrie chalet, 2 bedrooms one king, one triple room. Free WiFi and Netflix. Book through https://airbnb.com/h/cluaranchalet. Has a private, enclosed garden with a decking area. Located next to my private house but has a separate entrance. Ample parking. Pets very welcome. I have a patterdale terrier myself. Cosy wood burner. In the countryside but 5 mins drive from local amenities. Great location for fishing, golfing, birdwatching and walking enthusiasts. We are perfectly placed for any whisky enthusiasts, as we have numerous distilleries nearby.Read More
Property type: Chalet
Entire home with enclosed garden.
Quiet and pretty location, 5 minutes drive to the beach, seal watching, bird watching, if you are lucky you may see the osprey catching his dinner! Lots of superb walks along the Moray Coast and the river Spey. Having a dog myself, I have plenty of good dog walks up my sleeve!.
My chalet is a unique space!. It's is a spacious 2 bedroomed chalet with a large open plan living room/kitchen. I have tried to be as eco friendly as possible, upcycling as much as I can and I have created a homely and relaxing family and furry friendly atmosphere. It has a bathroom with a shower, an open plan living room and kitchen with a woodburning stove. The kitchen has a gas cooker, fridge and fully equipped kitchen. There is Netflix and now tv free of charge.
We have a good sized enclosed garden, which is great for children and our furry friends and benefits from a lovely decking area that catches the morning sun, so while everybody is still asleep sit out in the morning sun and enjoy a coffee in the Scottish tranquillity.
I provide tea and coffee for your arrival and of course we have your dog's needs attended to with bowls and treats for them too.
All bedding and towels provided for your stay. Minimum stay 2 nights. Please book on the airbnb website.
Fochabers is 5 minutes drive. Nearest bus connection is fochabers - good bus service from Inverness to Aberdeen. Nearest train station is Keith. Local taxis available, but if you are stuck I can pick you up in and drop you off in Fochabers at the start and end of your holiday.
Fochabers has a good supermarket, butcher, chemist and some good eateries. Buckie is nearby also with a large Tesco and fuel pumps.
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Cluaran Chalet by Tracey Radnall
Moray, tucked between Inverness and Aberdeen on the north-east coast of Scotland was a first for us. Turning off at Aviemore, the road mirrors the river Spey as we head north to the coast. Known as the Spey Whisky Trail, according to the Visit Scotland website, the tasting trail takes three full days and covers over 75km.
It’s the most perfect autumn day, with clear skies, hues of amber and gold, echoing the plentiful malt. Several rainbows arch high overhead propelled by the sun’s new season. The route is utterly as described, passing several affluent and well-known distilleries, great to witness them in their landscape. It’s opulent countryside – a little like driving through a television studio shoot promoting Scottish produce. Crates of fresh vegetables are being harvested and stacked in busy fields. Herds of prime cattle roaming the lush green meadows, the Spey flowing and connecting the land to the sea and, of course, whisky galore.
Passing through Aberlour, home of another renowned malt, the local fish and chip van –‘The Codfather’, is doing a brisk trade. At Fochabers we turn off for our ultimate destination, the wonderfully named Auchenhalrig. Passing a remarkable and very bright-red swiss-style chalet – opposite The Windings. Auchenhalrig is an idyllic rural hamlet comprising a dozen or so cottages circling a hay pasture. Arriving at Cluaran Chalet, the owner, Roz, is there to welcome us. She lives next door with her Patterdale terrier, Juno. Inside, the chalet is spacious.
The welcome is very warm, with the wood burner glowing and a cosy dog bed which Bertie takes an instant liking to. There’s a bottle of Malbec too for mum alongside a rocking chair – perfect after a long drive. A comfortable king size bedroom and a further family bedroom. Outside is a large fully enclosed garden with comfortable seating on the raised wooden veranda overlooking the meadow completes the accommodation.
The fully equipped kitchen contains all breakfast basics – free range eggs and a litre of local organic milk from the nearby Mill of Tynet farm. Run by June and Gordon Whiteford, they have installed a fully automated state-of-the-art farm shop, accepting both change and chip and pin. Here you can refill their own attractive litre glass bottles for £1.50. This is the heart of the ancient Pictish kingdom. The term ‘Pict’ means ‘painted people’ from the Latin. They were, of course, Celtic-speaking, who, as legend has it, favoured body art and decorative carving over drinking whisky.
A rich legacy remains in the area dating from the 5th and 6th centuries AD. The next morning, following a stunning sunrise and hearty breakfast we head off in search of said carvings and Cullen Bay – famous for the delicious Scottish fish-dish, Cullen Skink. Arriving at the distinctive coastal village with its huge overhead aqueduct and harbour alongside, and a pale sandy beach beckoning
Bertie. Luckily the tide is out and several happy hounds are belting across the beach. Rock lovers will enjoy the pink marble-like sea stacks. Time and tide has shaped one of them into a pleasing sail shape too. After walking the length of the kilometre or so of beach, we cross the footbridge into town, passing a local man clearing driftwood from the shingle at the mouth of Glen Burn.
The harbour, designed by Thomas Telford, is well worth a look too – busy with local fishermen. Beyond the harbour we continue along the Moray Coastal Trail and stumble across the remarkable Cullen Pet Cemetery. Run by a local volunteer for 20 years, even a washed-up porpoise lies here. After burning coastal energy, we head back towards Fochabers and the forest trails at a Forestry Commission site called The Windings. As the name suggests – several paths etch their way across the hillside. There are a choice of graded paths to choose from. I’m eager to spot a red squirrel, but unfortunately they seem shy today. Thanks to the time of year the fungi are prolific though and I spot the wonderfully named – Orange Birch Botele – a stunning mushroom that’s apparently edible too.
Back at the chalet I light the wood burner and settle in for a cosy evening and an early night. Before departing the next morning I arrange to meet a former colleague who lives On the Moray Coastal Trail Cullen town in the distance locally. Together with local twitcher, Keith and Roz, we head off to nearby Oxhill Wood.
In this quieter part of forestry, we hear and glimpse plenty of Gold Crests and a pair of Bullfinches, as well as scores of spores such as the distinctive orange peel fungus. I conclude, our next visit will be by the prescribed bus-trip straddling three days to take-in the complete Spey distillery crawl.
Cullen must be one of the most friendly, pet-loving towns we’ve ever had the pleasure to visit. We’ll be back for some more twitching (and tasting) in the spring.
THE CLUARAN CHALET REVIEW BY TRACEY RADNALL APPEARS IN DOGFRIENDLY MAGAZINE ISSUE 62. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE DOGFRIENDLY MAGAZINE VISIT WWW.DOGFRIENDLY.CO.UK/MAGAZINE.
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