Walk: Dunbuy the Bullers of Buchan

Aberdeenshire | Cruden Bay | Short walk | ★★★★

[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 (2/9/12)]

📌 Walk: Dunbuy the Bullers of Buchan ★★★★
Park at the finish and take the bus along the coast road to the start (roughly hourly, but check times in advance). Start in Cruden Bay village centre, G.R.: NK 090363 ///newer.flamingo.dolphins. Finish at Bullers of Buchan car park, on A975 2 mi northeast of Cruden Bay, G.R.: NK 107380 ///mixed.looked.rural

▶ 5 km / 3 mi | ▲ 70 m | ⌚ Short | Moderate
Features: Cruden Bay; Slains Castle; Dunbuy stack; Bullers of Buchan
Terrain: Grassy paths mostly along clifftops. Occasionally muddy, particularly near start.

Route & map

Car park & Cruden Bay ★★★ - Slains Castle ★★★ - Dunbuy - Bullers of Buchan ★★★★ - finish

Route credit: Scotland Off the Beaten Track

On our visit

Wildlife: Eider ducks and other seabirds.
Weather: Breezy but sunny with cloudless skies.

[Dunbuy rock stack]

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