The Sail Loft can be booked for exclusive use for large family gatherings at Christmas. Stay in this four-star VisitScotland rated bunkhouse with 25 luxurious beds and bunks. It has a well-equipped, open plan kitchen and lounge, with a log burning stove offering cosy comfort after a day outdoors. Dogs are also welcome, so no need to leave your four-legged members of the clan at home. Portsoy in Aberdeenshire offers a relaxing getaway; fresh sea air, meandering coastal walks and tranquil countryside, there is plenty to explore whilst working off the Christmas indulgence.
Located on Links Bay, the Category B listed buildings are recognised of regional importance by Historic Scotland and comprises of a former sail making loft, a Georgian house and two cottages, all dating back to the 1700s. Situated on Back Green, this was an industrial site used for manufacturing thread for flax, which was then exported to Nottingham and Leicester.
Today, The Sail Loft provides a welcoming base from which to enjoy a range of pursuits on land and sea. Just a stone’s throw away is Portsoy’s 17th century harbour, which has been preserved to tell the story of the north east’s maritime heritage. A picturesque, tranquil spot to pause and reflect, whilst the waves lap against the shore. Every summer it plays host to the annual Scottish
A steep walk uphill through the town’s narrow streets and you’ll find the square and cosy cafes, gift shops and restaurants. No matter the weather, a visit to Portsoy Ice-cream is a must, they have a huge variety of flavours and options, from the traditional to the more adventurous!
If you prefer to get around on two wheels, there are a variety of coastal paths and routes which will suit those who like a challenging terrain, or a gentler more leisurely pace. Make your way along Portsoy’s rugged headlands where you’ll encounter panoramic seascapes and unrivalled views. Keep an eye for bottlenose dolphins, which can often be seen out in the bay.
After an invigorating day, you can return to The Sail Loft to prepare a delicious home cooked meal, before taking a dip in the hot tub. The ideal spot to ease the muscles and rejuvenate and if you’re lucky, you may see the mesmerising Aurora Borealis, lighting up the sky.Find out more about The Sail Loft Bunkhouse