Walk: Harbouring a Portsoy dram

[Portsoy old harbour at the walk start]

What could be a more perfect objective to a coastal walk than a stunning sandy beach overlooked by a recently-reopened distillery? The start isn't bad either: Portsoy is one of the North East's most picturesque fishing villages, with a charming old harbour separated by a rocky headland from its thriving replacement. The village hosts the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival each summer. Apparently it's a must-see event, but we visited at a quieter time of year, getting the dramatic cliffs and inlets on the stroll to Sandend all to ourselves... and the distillery tour too.

[Red Haven bay with Glenglassaugh Distillery beyond (centre)]

Name: Walk: Harbouring a Portsoy dram ★☆☆
Length: 9 km / 6 miles
Ascent: 130 metres
Points of interest: Portsoy; Portsoy to Sandend coastline; Glenglassaugh Distillery; Sandend
Start / finish: Parking at Portsoy old harbour, G.R.: NJ 589663 / barmaid reception start

Route: Start - Glenglassaugh Distillery via coast path - Sandend Bay - Sandend village - return to east side of bay - Redhythe - Portsoy - start (or return by outward route from bay)
Terrain: Good coastal path above cliffs to distillery, with sandy bay beyond (best at low tide); track and minor road for inland return.
Wildlife today: Seagulls, cormorants and other seabirds.
Weather today: Sunny spells with clouds scudding across the sky; cool breeze.

Name: Portsoy ★☆☆
Description: Bustling fishing village in high season with twin harbours and beautiful views.
Location: G.R.: NJ 589661 / foggy wider shallower

>> see Sandend post for Sandend ☆☆☆; Sandend Bay ★☆☆; Glenglassaugh Distillery ★★☆☆

[Tide's in at Sandend Bay]


Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)

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