Peterhead – Macduff
Travel north along the coast to the RSPB Loch of Strathbeg reserve, where you might spot gulls, terns and wading birds raising their chicks in spring and summer or thousands of pink-footed geese in autumn and winter. While you’re in the area be sure to stop off at Rattray Head beach and lighthouse, where you can explore the extensive sand dunes and spot old shipwrecks on the beach.
Head on to the town of Fraserburgh and pay a visit to the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses where you can take a tour of 18th century Kinnaird Head Lighthouse. This was the first lighthouse to be built on mainland Scotland and it was built on top of 16th century Kinnaird Castle.
During your time in Fraserburgh, be sure to pop along to Fraserburgh Beach, where you can enjoy surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing with Synergy Kitesports, or pop into the Fraserburgh Heritage Centre (pictured) to learn more about the fishing heritage of this important port using the fun, interactive exhibits.
Continue west onwards along the Banffshire coast, also known as Scotland’s ‘Dolphin Coast’ for the chance to see these magical creatures from the shore or from the historic harbours of the area, alongside whales and porpoises. Along this part of the trail you’ll also encounter some delightful fishing villages like Crovie which consists of a single line of houses by the water’s edge, and Pennan which featured in the classic Hollywood film Local Hero.
Other great coastal attractions in this area include Arbuthnot Museum, New Aberdour Beach, Pitsligo Castle, Sandhaven Meal Mill, Maggie’s Hoosie and Inverallochy.