Walking into Rowan Cottage was like walking into a hug. Everything was well thought out, well equipped, warm, cosy and very very clean.
The delicious homemade cake, the roaring fire, fruit and the wine was a lovely thoughtful touch which after 8 hours of driving, immediately put us into holiday mode.
Sarah is full of local knowledge and is so helpful, just ask her for recommendations and she is like an encyclopedia.
Locally there is much to do. There are three trails you can go on, Coast, Castle and/or Whiskey trails, there is somuch to choose from and we barely scratched the surface when it came to the sightseeing.
Other things we did, apart from distilleries and coastlines were a visit to North East Falconry Centre, Port Knochie where they have an ice cream parlour to die for (don't hold back- just go for it), Port Soy, which was beautiful with an amazing sculpture of a dolphin, Dufftown where we had lunch at a place called Cosy Neuk (Neuk means 'Corner') but if you are lucky to meet the owner, ask her why the Dutch like going there. We went to a Cooperage and Walkers Shortbread factory is not far either where you can buy their shortbread straight from the factory. I would pay just to sit in the car park (which is free) and smell the air of the baking shortbread.
We didn't get time to go to the fishing lakes which are just a stones throw from the cottage.
All these places, Sarah pointed us to and Rowan Cottage was brilliantly placed for all of them.
The great thing was, the cottage was so comfortable that after a day of driving around amazing scenery and visiting lovely places, we didn't feel the need to go out every evening and were happy to just sit by the fire, veg in front of the TV with a glass of wine and a homemade meal (I love cooking and the range was too irresistible for me not to use).
Amazing Cottage, amazing hosts and I cannot recommend highly enough.