Walk: Dunbuy the Bullers of Buchan
|[View south along the coast towards Slains Castle from Dunbuy]|
The Buchan coast alternates between long, sandy beaches and dramatic cliff sections. The stretch to the north of Cruden Bay is in the latter category, with a succession of spectacular rock stacks and jagged headlands. One highlight is Slains Castle, a ruin which may have inspired the Dracula novel; another is Dunbuy, an austere rock stack with an unlikely arch right through its middle and hundreds of seabirds. The three superb miles of coast path culminate in the Bullers of Buchan: an enormous collapsed sea cave now featuring a majestic arch leading out to sea.
|[Bullers of Buchan (September 2012)]|
Name: Walk: Dunbuy the Bullers of Buchan ★★★★☆
Length: 5 km / 3 miles
Ascent: 70 metres
Points of interest: Cruden Bay; Slains Castle; Dunbuy stack; Bullers of Buchan
Start: Cruden Bay village centre, G.R.: NK 090363 / newer flamingo dolphins. N.B. this is not a circular route.
Finish: Car park by A975 at Bullers of Buchan, 2 miles north-east of Cruden Bay, G.R.: NK 107380 / mixed looked rural
Transport to start: Park at the finish and take the bus along the coast road to the start (roughly hourly, but check times in advance).
Route: Car park & Cruden Bay - Slains Castle - Dunbuy - Bullers of Buchan & finish
Terrain: Grassy paths mostly along clifftops. Occasionally muddy, particularly near start.
Wildlife today: Eider ducks and other seabirds.
Weather today: Breezy but sunny with cloudless skies.
>> see separate post for Cruden Bay ★★★☆☆
>> see separate post for Slains Castle ★★★☆☆
|[Dunbuy rock stack]|
Route credit: Walkhighlands