Cruden Bay

Aberdeenshire | Village | ★★

[Water of Cruden at Cruden Bay]

Once a popular seaside resort with hotels, golf course and good rail links, Cruden Bay was advertised a century ago as a "Brighton of the North". A bit ambitious perhaps, and today's quiet village has almost nothing in common with the south coast town. But, unlike Brighton, Cruden Bay has sand in abundance. This and most of the other scenic interest is reached by following the road towards the harbour; cross the footbridge over the Water of Cruden to access the excellent, two mile beach stretching south. In the opposite direction, dramatic sea cliffs and stacks take centre stage, with an excellent coast path leading past a couple of spectacular arches at Dunbuy and Bullers of Buchan. And throw in 16th century Slains Castle. This was quite possibly the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula: the author was a regular guest at the Kilmarnock Arms in the village, and his signature apparently appears in their 1894 guest book. Interesting stuff... maybe Brighton should aspire to be a "Cruden Bay of the South" instead?

[Slains Castle (24/9/11)]

Location & info

📌 Cruden Bay ★★
Aberdeenshire, G.R.: NK 091363 ///

🚶 The beach is quite close to the village centre, and Slains Castle is a pleasant 30-min stroll. There are good coastal walks.
🚌 Cruden Bay is served by buses on the Aberdeen to Peterhead route.

See & do (<1 mi away)

📌 Bay of Cruden ★★★
Immediately south of Cruden Bay village, G.R.: NK 091358 ///alternate.just.loved

>> Slains Castle ★★★
>> Walk: Dunbuy the Bullers of Buchan ★★★★

Nearby (1-3 mi away)

>> Bullers of Buchan ★★★★ (2 mi →)
>> Whinnyfold beach ★★★ (2 mi ↓)

[The sandy Bay of Cruden can be reached by a footbridge over the Water of Cruden]

[Cruden Bay harbour]

[Bullers of Buchan (2/9/12)]


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