The Buchan coast

Coastal scenes

The main trunk road from Aberdeen to Inverness passes in an almost straight north-westerly line through the towns of Inverurie, Huntly, and Keith. To the north and east of this line is a triangle of land, standing on its southern vertex at Aberdeen, with its north-western vertex at Lossiemouth, and north-eastern vertex at Fraserburgh. The coast of Buchan is contained within the two coastal sides of the triangle.

Starting from Aberdeen, following the coast road it is possible to visit long, golden, sandy beaches at Balmedie and Newburgh, and beyond, the villages of Collieston and Whinnyfold, the little town of Cruden Bay, famous for its perfect sandy bay overlooked by one of the great golf courses of the world, then to the Bullers of Buchan a great natural cauldron in the cliffs, where the water seems to boil when it is stormy, where colonies of a profusion of seabirds nest in the Spring and Summer, onward to the deep water harbour at Peterhead and the fishing port of Fraserburgh, by which point the road has turned almost due west, and passes by a series of villages that thrived on the fishing in the 19th century but which are supported now in other ways.

The series includes Rosehearty, New Aberdour, Pennan, Crovie, Gardenstown, and the road leads to the towns of Macduff and Banff, the village of Whitehill and the town of Portsoy. The villages of Sandend and Fordyce are close by Portsoy: Sandend a fishing village beside a lovely sandy bay; Fordyce, jewel of a village, clustered round a pretty little castle, about a mile inland.

From Fraserburgh westwards, along the flat top of the triangle, the vistas of sea and cliff are magnificent in all weathers, but glorious in the Summer sunshine.

Cruden BayFraserburghGardenstown
The Bullers of BuchanRoseheartyBanff and Macduff
PeterheadNew AberdourPortsoy
Rattray HeadPennanSandend and Fordyce
Inverallochy and CairnbulgCrovie

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