| Saturday, July 14, 2018 tanding on the white, sandy beach, the water gently lapping the shoreline was a beautiful shade of turquoise blue. The sun was beating down from a cloudless sky and the only sound to be heard was the occasional twang of a mast halyard of a wee yacht moored in the harbour.
It was hard to believe we were in Rosehearty, the Aberdeenshire village around four miles from Fraserburgh, which hugs the edge of the picturesque Moray Firth coast.
“The last time I saw a beach like this, with water as crystal clear, was when I was on holiday in Croatia,” said my other half.
Had we been wearing shorts and sombreros we could have taken pics which suggested we were on a sun-kissed Med resort, but we’d brought essentials for a typical Scottish summer day instead – a tube of midge repellent and waterproof jackets.
Looking out at the quiet scene it was hard to imagine that Rosehearty was once a busy fishing port, and, during the herring season, was packed with drifters landing fish here.
Fishing is still hugely valued here and we were hoping the lunchtime menu at The Davron Hotel, which is just a pebble’s throw from the beach, would reflect this.
The hotel, a substantial building, is thought to date from around 1898. Owners David and Sharon Watt took over the hotel six years ago when it was in need of a major overhaul and have worked hard to breathe new life into it.
Entrance to the restaurant is at the back of the building via a nice, sheltered beer garden.
Stepping through the entrance, I was surprised to find myself in a large restaurant. They are clearly used to welcoming families as it even has a wee play area for little ones.
Decorated in shades of trendy grey teamed with complementary grey and white check curtains, splashes of colour came via bright orange-coloured chairs in the open-plan bar area while tables, dressed with white tablecloths, each hosted a different orange flower.
Our waitress could not have been friendlier and immediately boosted my ego when, after a few minutes, said she hoped I didn’t mind her saying but I reminded her of a young Samantha Fox.
We were presented with menus which highlighted the hotel could cater for those with special dietary requirements, but it wasn’t until we were leaving that we noticed they had a separate vegetarian/vegan and dairy-free menu. They also offer a fantastic-value two-course pensioner’s lunch with complimentary tea or coffee and home-made shortbread at £6.50 per person.
I was pleased to see them listing local suppliers including Nobles Dairy and Prime
Tastefully decorated interior of the The Davron Hotel in Rosehearty