Just north of Cruden Bay is the Bullers of Buchan, a remarkable natural phenomenon that just has to be seen. Watch the sea rushing through the archway of this 30 m deep chasm created from a collapsed sea cave where rare birds like mainland puffins can sometimes be seen nesting.
Make the town of Fraserburgh your next stop and pay a visit to the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses where you can take a tour of 18th century Kinnaird Head Lighthouse, the only light house to be built atop a fortified castle.
Continue west onwards along the Banffshire coast, also known as Scotland’s ‘Dolphin Coast’ for the chance to see these magical creatures 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 film Local Hero.
Bring your journey to a close at Portsoy, home to one of the oldest harbours in Europe. Portsoy also hosts the annual Scottish Traditional Boat Festival where traditional vessels from Scotland and beyond gather in the harbour to celebrate the region’s rich maritime and cultural heritage.