We spent 2 days here in the middle of February and had such a good time that we are already considering going back. We arrived on a dark and very windy night and we're slightly concerned about where the hell we were but we were treated to a very warm welcome and within an hour had a warm fire and comfy seats to relax into. The next day we enjoyed about 2 miles of the 11 miles of completely deserted beach which was a delight for our somewhat city bound dog ( and us as well). This freedom actually made the entire trip worthwhile. We also explored some of the local area and found there would be plenty of things to do for both dog and non dog owners, if you were to inexplicably get bored of the beach!!!
Overall the hostel is warm, clean and comfortable. To agree with some other reviewers the road to the hostel is also fairly potholed but given the location is would unreasonable to expect a fully paved road right up to the beach - it doesn't take long to get along and the trip is more than worth it.
Rob was incredibly helpful and friendly, popping into give us weather updates and check we were ok, but all done very unobtrusively. He also suggested places we could go which would be weather and dog appropriate.
Just a note on the weather - its Scotland, be prepared for all eventualities!! We got arctic winds but it almost made it all the more enjoyable being holed up in front of the fire. The draft proofing on the building must be immense!!
All in all we loved it and were gutted to be coming even though we were only there for 2 days! Bring on more school holidays.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Former lighthouse shore station among huge dunes on an isolated 11 mile long beach. Come and relax in this gorgeous most easterly part of mainland Scotland, and enjoy one of its driest, sunniest, midge-free areas. The 1892 granite building has been renovated to form a modern, non-smoking, dog-friendly coastal retreat. The hostel has a self-catering kitchen, a double bedroom, and three bunkrooms with four beds in each. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Rattray Head Eco-Hostel Peterhead, Scotland