The Garden Arms Hotel

Enter as customers. Leave as friends.

We serve food daily from 5pm until 7:30pm, with lunches available on Saturday and Sunday from 12noon until 2:30pm.

Closed all day Tuesdays

Takeaway meals also available, these need to be booked in advance

Call 01261 851260 to reserve table or place order.

A family-run business in a Scottish coastal haven

When we first came upon Gardenstown — a fishing village perched above a bay in the North-east of Scotland — we fell in love with the place.

It wasn’t just the view — slate-roofed homes falling like steps, boats bobbing in the harbour, the ever-changing sky a rich palette for the sea — but the deep sense of community. It felt like going back in time to a kinder, simpler, less hurried world.

You won’t find a spa or haute cuisine or perfectly level floorboards at our centuries-old hotel, a listed building. But what you will find is hearty Scottish hospitality and a genuine year-round haven.

We’ve been creating extra space outside for customers, as you can see below, and dogs are also welcome.

We look forward to meeting you and sharing our home in the near future.

Kindest regards,

Derek and Lorraine Toal and family

PS Don’t let the fact that “Dracula” author Bram Stoker stayed at The Gardens Arms keep you away… although we’re always happy to tell the tale!


Gardenstown sits on the Moray Firth in Aberdeenshire, 45 miles from the city of Aberdeen.

Originally called Powieston, the village was established as a fishing base after the 1715 Jacobite Rebellion to provide jobs. 

It had however been settled centuries earlier: the ruined Church of St John the Evangelist dates from 1513, having replaced a church built in 1004 to celebrate the defeat of the Vikings at the Battle of the Bloody Pits.

Beyond Gardenstown there is much to discover and do. Boat trips, golf courses, castles, distilleries, karting, clay-pigeon shooting, an award-winning aquarium — they’re all within easy reach.

The abundant marine life includes dolphins, whales and even sea eagles.

Staying with Us


We have two rooms — the Wonky Room and the Squinty Room, both accessed from the Crooked Corridor.

“Continues to offer an exceptional experience”


Food & Drink

At The Garden Arms Hotel we take advantage of fantastic award-winning local produce in our menus.

“What a welcome you get”



From our own cocktail night to Gardenstown’s summer arts festival, village life is never dull.

“Lovely village hotel with a charming pub”


Book with Us

For us the personal touch starts the moment someone thinks about staying at The Garden Arms. That’s why we prefer to make booking arrangements over the phone rather than via online forms.

To check availability, please call us on 01261 851260 or if you prefer, email us at

A history of hospitality…

The Garden Arms, 1911. We are proud to be adding the next chapter to the hotel’s illustrious story. Happy travelling.