Coastal Walks in Aberdeenshire

With its captivating craggy coasts, stretches of sandy beaches and panoramic cliff-top vistas, a trip to Aberdeenshire wouldn't be complete without experiencing one of the many scenic coastal walks. Whether you're staying on the coast or inland, you're only moments away from one of the many spectacular walks along the Aberdeenshire coastline. So lace up your walking boots and pick your perfect walk from this list of top coastal walks:

 

Inverbervie to Johnshaven

As this route is fairly flat, it's an ideal walk for families. The route runs along a cycle path which traces the outline of the coast south to Johnshaven. As you continue along the path, you'll be treated to fantastic views of the North Sea and you might even get to glimpse a dolphin or an otter out at sea! As route passes through the fishing town of Gourdon look out for the harbour which dates back to 1820 and is an idea spot for a picnic or fish and chips. The walk can take around 2 hours to complete and as the cycletrack can occasionally get muddy, it's best to wait for a clear day before you set off.

 

Portsoy and Sandend Circular

This walk is a great way to discover Aberdeenshire’s picturesque harbour towns, Portsoy and Sandend. Before you set off on the walk, take some time to explore the fishing village of Portsoy. Don’t miss the old harbour which dates all the way back to 1692! Once you set off, the path climbs steadily to give you fantastic views of Portsoy’s old harbour. This walk is great for nature lovers as it passes a popular nesting ground for seabirds as it approaches the bay of Sandend. Once you reach Sandend take a well-deserved break at one of the many picnic spots or unwind on Sandend’s large sandy beach. The walk takes around 3 hours to complete and the route passes a minor road so it’s best for families with older children.

 

St Cyrus Beach and Cliff

Challenge yourself to the winding path up St Cyrus’s Cliff and you’ll be rewarded with some of the best panoramic views of Aberdeenshire! This is an unmissable walk for nature lovers as you’ll find a variety of local wildlife as you travel along this route which begins in the St Cyrus National Nature Reserve. If you’re there during the spring, you’re likely to see rare plants as well as Peregrine falcons and Fulmars nesting along the cliffs which frame St Cyrus’s beach. After a gentle stroll along the beach, the route changes pace as you begin to climb the cliff. The best way to climb the cliff is by following the path that passes by the old salmon bothy as it’s less steep than alternative routes. This walk takes around 2 hours to complete; as there are some steep and winding paths along this route, the best time to attempt it is during the spring and summer months.

 

The Bullers of Buchan from Cruden Bay

Not one for the faint hearted! This dramatic coastal walk takes you past the mysterious runes of Slains Castle, the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracular! The route begins in the quaint village of Cruden Bay, known for its scenic golf course, and finishes at the Bullers of Buchanan, a huge blow-hole carved into the rocks by the sea. Initially, the path follows the river out of Cruden Bay until it breaks away to follow the coast. Once you hit the coastline, it won’t be long until the looming remains of Slains Castle will come into view. While the castle itself is fenced off to visitors, you’ll see spectacular views of the castle as you travel along the coastline. On route to the Bullers of Buchanan look out for the coastline’s striking arched rock formations. This rough costal path encompasses steep unprotected cliffs and it can get extremely muddy in places so walkers should be extremely careful when attempting this walk.

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