Aberdeenshire Coastal Trail
Discover 165 continuous miles of dramatic clifftops, enchanting coves, paradise beaches, charming towns and marvellous wildlife on the Aberdeenshire Coastal Trail.
- Begin / Eind
- St Cyrus / Portsoy
- Afstand104.2 Mijlen
- Stunning sea views
- Coastal walks
- Clifftop castles
- Seaside wildlife
- Bestreken gebieden
Dag 1 St Cyrus and Stonehaven
The first day of your itinerary will take you to some of the fantastic coastal attractions of southern Aberdeenshire. Begin your day with a refreshing walk around St Cyrus National Nature Reserve, then visit the Maggie Law Maritime Museum in Gourdon. Visit the magnificently ruined Dunnottar Castle, perched high on a seacliff, and explore the beautiful coastal village of Stonehaven, where you can savour a luxurious ice cream and freshly caught seafood.
St Cyrus National Nature Reserve St Cyrus
Visit St Cyrus in southern Aberdeenshire where you'll be rewarded with miles of golden sand dunes and cliffs. This stunning National Nature Reserve offers the chance to see peregrine falcons circling overhead, rare wildflowers, butterflies and moths.Meer info over St Cyrus National Nature ReserveNatureScot Reserve Manager, St Cyrus National Nature Reserve, The Old Lifeboat Station, Nether Warburton, St Cyrus, DD10 0AQFaciliteiten
Maggie Law Maritime Museum Montrose
This seafaring museum is the newest addition to the trail, and occupies an old coastguard station. It sits beside the old harbour in the heart of Gourdon village.
The museum's centrepiece is the lifeboat, the Maggie Law. This was one of the first inshore lifeboats, built in 1890. Still in good condition today, she was in service for 40 years and saved 36 lives. The museum also shares many more fascinating tales of the Kincardine coastline in the upper deck.Meer info over Maggie Law Maritime MuseumWilliam Street, Gourdon, Montrose, DD10 0LWFaciliteiten
Dunnottar Castle Stonehaven
The well-preserved ruins of Dunnottar Castle are perched on a dramatic cliff some 160 ft above the North Sea. This once impregnable fortress was visited by legendary historic figures including William Wallace, Mary Queen of Scots, Oliver Cromwell and in more recent times Mel Gibson in Franco Zeffirelli's 1991 film, Hamlet.
If you're lucky, you may even see puffins or dolphins from the castle ramparts.
From Dunnottar Castle you can catch the service 107 bus to Montrose, and then hop on the train down to Dundee, taking roughly 1h 55m.Meer info over Dunnottar CastleDisney castle
Dunnottar Castle is also said to be the inspiration for the DunBroch family home in Disney Pixar's Brave.Dunnottar Castle, Stonehaven, AB39 2TLFaciliteiten
- Met Het OV Bereikbaar
A couple of miles north of Dunnottar sits the attractive fishing town of Stonehaven. Stop for a delicious meal at one of the cosy inns by the harbour and enjoy freshly caught seafood. Afterwards, treat yourself to an indulgent ice cream at one of Stonehaven's wonderful ice cream shops, such as Aunty Betty's or Giulianotti's.
Other great coastal attractions in this area include RSPB Fowlsheugh, Stonehaven open air swimming pool, Stonehaven Harbour and Tolbooth Museum.Meer info over StonehavenStonehaven
Dag 2 Balmedie, Cruden Bay & Rattray
On your second day, visit some of the picture-perfect beauty spots on the coast north of Aberdeen. Absorb beautiful views of sand dunes at Balmedie, see seals basking in the Ythan Estuary, stop for lunch in the pretty coastal town of Cruden Bay and admire the imposing Slains Castle, which is thought to have inspired Bram Stoker's Dracula.
Forvie National Nature Reserve Ellon
Travel north from Aberdeen to Balmedie where you'll be greeted with epic sand dunes and a pristine stretch of beach, perfect for a leisurely morning stroll. Stop at the nearby Forvie National Nature Reserve and Ythan Estuary to watch paddling eider ducks and seals basking at the mouth of the estuary.Meer info over Forvie National Nature ReserveNatureScot Reserve Manager, Forvie National Nature Reserve, Little Collieston Croft, Ellon, AB41 8RUFaciliteiten
Cruden Bay Peterhead
Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, often holidayed in Cruden Bay, and the pretty coastal town is a lovely place to stop for a refreshing walk along the beautiful beach before enjoying a cup of tea or coffee.
You could even take time out to play a round of golf at Cruden Bay Golf Course, one of the finest link courses in the country.Meer info over Cruden BayPeterhead, AB42 0NN
Bullers of Buchan Walk Cruden Bay
This beautiful 1.5/2 hour walk, which starts in Cruden Bay, passes ruined Slains Castle, widely believed to have inspired Bram Stoker's horror classic, Dracula.
Snap pictures of the imposing castle (from a safe distance!) and watch the sea rushing through the archway of the Bullers of Buchan, a 30m deep chasm created from a collapsed sea cave. Rare birds like mainland puffins can sometimes be seen nesting. Take care when walking along the path though as it is very close to the edge of the cliffs.
Other great coastal attractions in this area include Torry Battery where you can spot dolphins, Aberdeen Fun beach, Peterhead Bay, RSPB Loch of Strathbeg reserve and Rattray Head beach.Meer info over Bullers of Buchan Walk
- Vrije tijd
- 2 uur
Dag 3 Crimond, Fraserburgh & Macduff
Spend your third day on the trail exploring the major fishing port of Fraserburgh before heading west along the Banffshire coast. Fraserburgh is the biggest shellfish port in Europe and has a busy commercial harbour so be sure to sample the seafood while you're there.
Museum of Scottish Lighthouses Fraserburgh
Begin your day in Fraserburgh with a visit to the fascinating Museum of Scottish Lighthouses and enjoy a tour of 18th century Kinnaird Head Lighthouse.Meer info over Museum of Scottish LighthousesDid you know?
This was the first lighthouse to be built on mainland Scotland and it sits on top of 16th century Kinnaird Castle.Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, Stevenson Road, Fraserburgh, AB43 9DUFaciliteiten
- Met Het OV Bereikbaar
- Café of Restaurant
Stop for some lunch before enjoying a walk along Fraserburgh beach, which is popular for watersports and kitesurfing.
You could also pop into the Fraserburgh Heritage Centre to learn more about the fishing legacy of this important port using the fun, interactive exhibits.Meer info over FraserburghFraserburgh
Continue west towards Macduff. This stretch of coast is known as Scotland's "Dolphin Coast" and it's a magnificent driving route - you might even be able to see dolphins 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.Meer info over MacduffMacduff
Dag 4 Macduff, Banff & Portsoy
Your final day on the trail takes in three of Aberdeenshire's most charming towns - Macduff, Banff and Portsoy. Visit the aquarium at Macduff, explore the beautiful Duff House in Banff and head to Portsoy, where you can learn about the town's salmon fishing heritage and enjoy a luxurious ice cream.
Macduff Marine Aquarium Banff
Take a trip to Macduff Marine Aquarium where you can get up close to marine life and learn about the creatures that live in the Moray Firth, from tiny barnacles and mussels to octopus, lobster, jellyfish and beautifully patterned flatfish.
Stop off at the touch pools for the chance to handle an array of amazing creatures and see the feeding frenzy in the central kelp reef tank when the divers jump in to feed the fish.Meer info over Macduff Marine Aquarium
11 High Shore, Banff, AB44 1SLFaciliteiten
- Vrije tijd
- 1 uur
- Met Het OV Bereikbaar
Duff House Banff
Duff House is one of Scotland's architectural masterpieces. This Adam-designed historic house is a treasure house and cultural arts centre operated by a unique partnership between Historic Environment Scotland, the National Galleries of Scotland and Aberdeenshire Council. It also boasts extensive grounds and woodland walks by the River Deveron.
Marvel at the lavish interiors, take a walk in the sprawling grounds and let the kids blow off steam in the play park.Find out more about Duff HouseBanff, AB45 3SX
Bring your journey to a close at Portsoy, home to one of the oldest harbours in Europe and also part of the Banffshire Coast Harbour Trail. Stop off at the Portsoy Salmon Bothy and discover Portsoy's salmon fishing heritage in this wonderfully restored building.
Other great coastal attractions in this area include RSPB Troup Head reserve, renowned Portsoy ice cream, Banff Links beach and Sandend beach which are popular surfing spots, Glenglassaugh Distillery and Cullen beach.Meer info over PortsoyScottish Traditional Boat Festival
Portsoy also hosts this annual festival, where traditional vessels gather in the harbour to celebrate the region's rich maritime heritage. It also includes lots of boating activities, live music and delicious local food and drink stalls.Portsoy
Andere dingen die je misschien leuk vindt
Bekijk onze laatste reistips
Meld je aan voor onze nieuwsbrief en ontvang unieke bezienswaardigheden, leuke reisideeën en aanbiedingen voor bezoekers.