The Cabin by the Castle

A sumptuous, "coorie"-infused eco-cabin powered by nature, secluded on a historic Moray estate and boasting magnificent views of Duffus Castle.
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bedroom: 1
  • Bathroom: 1
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights

Comprising four scenic working farms, and a cosy selection of properties, the charming Duffus Estate has been in the Dunbar family since the late 1600s.

The newest retreat on the welcoming estate, evocatively named Cabin by the Castle, is a heavenly eco-friendly haven that showcases exceptional views of Duffus Castle ruins, a former mott-and-bailey fortress that dates all the way back to 1140.

Perfect for a couple in need of some natural soul-refreshment, there are plenty of cosy delights waiting to greet you inside the solar-powered cabin.

These include a butter-soft corner sofa, a ultra-snuggly Ava Innes cashmere duvet, and enormous windows – not to mention a mouth-watering welcome hamper! – all of which add to an irresistible sense of “coorie” (the Scottish version of hygge).

Savour southerly views of those romantic castle ruins whether you’re in the sumptuous lounge, the modern-equipped kitchen, or the elegant bedroom… marvelling at how spellbindingly they catch the light from Moray’s magnificent sunrises and sunsets.

And when you’ve woken from your restful night’s sleep in the kingsize bed, you can freshen up in the piping hot electric shower, furnished with Highland Soap Co. toiletries, and a stack of fluffy Egyptian cotton towels to wrap up in.

What to do after you’ve enjoyed your hearty, home-cooked breakfast? Well, you could pay a visit to the castle ruins and view them up close, or explore the vibrant 14 acres of woodland that surrounds Duffus House.

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At a glance

  • A contemporary, solar-powered cabin that’s rich in sumptuous comfort, secluded on the Duffus Estate in Moray.
  • The cabin showcases stunning views of the ancient Duffus Castle ruins from nearly every room, from enormous windows.
  • Snuggly delights include a soft corner sofa, a cashmere duvet, luxury toiletries, and a delicious welcome hamper to greet you!
  • There’s a private garden with a barbecue and firepit – ideal for stargazing.
  • Explore the estate’s 14 acres of wildlife-steeped woodland, and enjoy artisan drinks at the on-site Kula Coffee Hut. Moray’s beautiful deserted beaches are minutes away.


  • Dog Friendly
  • Seaside Breaks


Single-level eco-cabin, sleeps 2 guests.  Living space with corner sofa, Wi-Fi, Smart TV, kitchen with electric oven, ceramic hob, coffee machine, fridge.  Kingsize bedroom with cashmere duvet, Egyptian cotton linen.  Bathroom with electric shower, toiletries, hairdryer, Egyptian cotton towels.  Private furnished garden with Weber barbecue, fire bowl with complimentary logs.  Free on-site parking.

On site: artisan coffee hut

Local Activities

Walking, cycling, wildlife-watching, beaches, picnics, coffee stops

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Here you can meander along a network of wildlife-steeped trails, peppered with beech, oak and Scots pine… what a magical way to spend some much-needed downtime, particularly if you can spot some of the resident red squirrels and roe deer on your way!

If you’re lucky, you may even spot some of the woodland’s shyer inhabitants, such as hares, badgers, hedgehogs, and foxes, and diverse bird life. Later on, how about a pick-me-up at the estate’s Kula Coffee Hut, serving artisan barista coffee, gourmet hot chocolate, and a wealth of treats?

More into coastal life? Mere minutes away lie Moray’s most beautiful deserted beaches, which stretch out for miles and are regularly voted among the best in the world. There’s yet more wildlife to spot here, including bottlenose dolphins and minke whales.

After such a glorious day doing whatever you choose, simply make your retreat to the cabin’s private garden, where you can light the fire-bowl and toast some marshmallows as you await the arrival of the stars in that vast night sky.

Things to note

One well-behaved dog is also permitted to stay.

Where you'll be staying

Elgin, Moray

What the guests of The Cabin by the Castle say

“Thank you for our perfect stay at the Cabin by the Castle. Our whole experience cannot be faulted and was beyond all expectations. We loved everything about the Cabin which epitomises a “coorie” experience.  Everything we possibly needed was provided in the Cabin. It was all luxurious, cosy and so thoughtful. The information about the surrounding area with recommendations was super helpful. We were very reassured that we were as safe as possible in these Covid times. The view was spectacular and it was so lovely to visit the castle, Kula Coffee Hut was a cherry on the top – excellent coffee with very friendly staff. Thank you so much for making our 30th Wedding Anniversary and Christmas so special.”
“Cabin by the Castle was absolutely wonderful – we woke up to a wonderful sunrise over the castle which you can watch from the bed. The cabin had everything we needed and was in a perfect location with lots of things around it. Caroline was so helpful in giving us lots of tips for the local area. Will definitely be back again.”
“We had never visited Scotland before and wanted to give it a go; it did not disappoint. We were rural and only saw a handful of people – those we did see were super friendly. The cabin was beautiful; immaculately clean and every detail thought of. A scandi style with plenty of space for 2, cosy living room, adequate kitchen and comfy bedroom. The best part about the accommodation….the view…that amazing view! The pictures don’t do it justice I’m afraid but waking up seeing the sun rise around Duffus castle is something I will always remember. Needless to say, I didn’t want to come home because our visit really was perfect. We are already talking about having another visit.”

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