Aberdeenshire | Village | ★★


Sandend is a place made up from an unusual cocktail of components: tiny coastal village and harbour, large caravan park and working distillery. The individual parts are compact but there's no obvious centre to Sandend overall. Except perhaps its beach? Magical Sandend Bay is a gorgeous stretch of perfect golden sand, quiet outside the holiday season and providing the link on foot between houses and distillery. What the village lacks in facilities it makes up for in wonderful coastal walks, both east towards Portsoy and west towards Findlater Castle.

[Sandend Bay]

Location & info

📌 Sandend ★★
Aberdeenshire, G.R.: NJ 555665 ///

🚶 The village is at one end of the beach; the distillery is at the other. Walks along the coast in both directions towards Cullen or Portsoy are linked below.
🚌 A bus between Aberdeen and Elgin stops just beyond the village limits, also providing access from other nearby settlements.

See & do (<1 mi away)

📌 Glenglassaugh Distillery ★★★
💬 Small, coastal distillery on the boundary between the Speyside and Highland whisky regions.
Off the A98 half a mile (20-min walk) east of Sandend, G.R.: NJ 561658 ///buck.seashell.banana
Open weekdays - check in advance during winter (2019) | £5+ depending on tour type (2019)

📌 Sandend Bay ★★★
💬 One of the best beaches on the Moray-Aberdeenshire coast, often deserted out of season.
East side of Sandend, G.R.: NJ 556662 ///hoops.softly.droplet

>> Walk: Harbouring a Portsoy dram ★★★
>> Walk: Sandend to Cullen - clifftop caper ★★★

Nearby (1-3 mi away)

>> Findlater Castle ★★ (1 mi ←)
>> Walk: Harbouring a Portsoy dram page: Portsoy ★★★ (2 mi →)
>> Cullen page: Cullen ★★★; Cullen Bay ★★★ (3 mi ←)
>> Walk: A litter-free approach to the Bin of Cullen ★★★ (3 mi ←)

[Findlater Castle]

[Village & bay]


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