From little Schoolie to Bunkhouse?

From little Schoolie to Bunkhouse?

The Proposal by Janet Malloy to turn the Little Schoolie into a Bunkhouse


A bunkhouse/hostel is a basic place for walkers, cyclists, small groups, any visitor in fact, to stay overnight. The proposed bunkhouse will have a capacity of 8-10 people staying in either bunk beds or in a family room. There will be a drying area for folk to be able to hang their clothes/jackets if they are caught in rain or snow. A cycle shed/rack for cyclists to leave their bikes safe and secure overnight without “cluttering” up the bunkhouse.

People who enjoy the outdoors will appreciate the views, walks and scenic roads that Gardenstown can offer. Photographers will be attracted by the wildlife, beautiful village scenes and the possibility of perhaps capturing the Northern Lights. The amazing geology round the area could attract geography students, scouts, young people doing their Duke of Edinburgh awards. Divers, canoeists…the possibilities are endless.

This could be a fantastic opportunity for the village and its future generations/ residents to benefit from an amazing gift that was donated to the village. Local trades doing the renovations, local trades doing the maintenance, local jobs and the chance for the village to benefit financially.



Potential Benefits of Bunkhouse

  • Employment
  • Hostel Manager
  • Cleaner
  • Potential for serviced cleaning company in village to manage this and other holiday lets
  • Food Provision for existing food providers or a bespoke evening meal provider on request
  • Potential for consideration of further alternative food providers as numbers increase
  • Potential to become electric bicycle hub
  • Potential for cycle repair business on proof of cyclist numbers
  • Potential for holistic health providers to offer first aid/massage/reflexology etc to walkers/cyclists


Increase in Tourism

Potential to increase tourist numbers to North East Scotland/Aberdeenshire

Potential to re-open coastal path from Macduff to Gardenstown and on around coast

Potential to add formal cycling routes to include Gardenstown and neighbouring villages with a loop added to NCN 1

Link to other hostels along coast as natural day walking and overnight facilities.


Potential Pitfalls of Bunkhouse

Potential for competition to other lets/bed and breakfast owners

Potential for increase of vehicles into village

Potential to increase in traffic on private road (High Street).


Start up Costs

  • Plumbing
  • Heating
  • Electrics
  • Water Meter
  • Renovations
  • Building Fees
  • Architect Fees
  • Solicitor Fees
  • Fire Alarm
  • Landscaping
  • Outdoor Buildings
  • Furnishings:
  • Kitchen
  • Utility
  • Bedrooms
  • Lounge/Meeting Room
  • Dining
  • Bathrooms
  • First Year Manager Costs
  • Other Professional Fees
  • Contingency

Estimated Capital Costs of £200,000

50% Funding EU Grant / 50% Funding Loan from Scottish Resilience Funding

Possibility for local fund raising to reduce loan


Income and expenditure – Following Set up

Heating and power – 5000

Water – 2000

Telephone and Broadband –  800

Subscriptions and Licensing – 500

Loan Repayments – 4000

Hostel Manager  -15000

Cleaner – 5000

Insurance – 1000

Accountancy – 2000

Consumables – 500

Repairs/Decorating  – 1000


Total Expenditure –


Total Income –
(based on eight beds @ £20 per night for 65% occupancy)


The proposal document (PDF) can be downloaded HERE

Gardenstown Voted 11th Best Seaside Town in Britain by Rough Guides

Rough Guides have recently announced ‘Britain’s 30 Best Seaside Towns’ and Gardenstown reached 11th in the UK and 2nd in Scotland. An amazing achievement for a small village!

Rough Guides 11th Place Best Seaside Towns

“Scotland’s northeast coast has a bleak, rugged quality, with a series of small fishing villages dotted along the miles of lonely beaches. The prettiest of the lot is Gardenstown, with stone cottages huddled around a wave-gnawed bay, and newer buildings clinging to the nearby cliffs. There’s little to do here beyond soaking up the solitude, taking a windswept stroll along the waterfront, and dropping into the small gallery and teashop down by the harbour. Pure bliss.”

You can read the full article HERE

Gardenstown & District Annual Flower & Craft Show

Saturday 27 August 2016, 1.45pm,Public Hall, Gardenstown

Get growing, painting, creating!!

Competition Entries: Adults 25p each; Children’s & Senior Citizens 15p each
(The hall will be open from 7pm-9pm Friday and 8am-9am Saturday prior to the show when entries can be handed in.)

For further information and the 2016 Schedule visit

Doors Open 1.45pm
Admission: Adults £1.50; Children 50p; Teas £1.50

Presentation of Prizes 3.15pm


Harbour Gala Gardenstown

Saturday 23rd July 2016, Gardenstown Harbour, 1.00pm – 4.00pm
An afternoon of Family fun, to be opened by Jim McColl of “The Beechgrove Garden”

Take part in a variety of activities including the Treasure Hunt, Boat Trips, Tug-O-War, Raffles and Lucky Dip, Face Painting and so much more!

Crown the Gala Queen and Princesses and witness the talent of Turriff Pipe Band, Strathbogie Fiddlers and Skip 2 The Beat.

Fish & Chips, Strawberries & Cream, Pancakes and many more refreshments.

Harbour Gala Gardenstown

Good Friday Cocktail Night

Good Friday Cocktail Night
25th March at 7pm at the Garden Arms Hotel


Easter Egg Raffle fundraiser for Gardenstown Playgroup

Come along and join us!

Simple Faith

Simple Faith – returning from Northern Ireland.
Concert at Gardenstown New Church – Saturday 19th March 2016 at 7pm.

Entry FREE

Simple Faith

Fish & Quiz Night

Saturday 27th February 2016, 7.00pm
A social in the village hall in aid of Village funds.
Fish and chips, etc at 7.00pm, followed by the quiz. Raffles.

Tickets £10 each (in advance only for ordering purposes). Available from SPAR, Matthew Watt 07824 990574, or contact any other Gardenstown Village Action Committee members