Walk: Harbouring a Portsoy dram

Aberdeenshire | Portsoy | Half day walk | ★★★

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

What could be a more perfect objective to a coastal walk than a stunning sandy beach overlooked by a distillery open to the public? If the whisky tour doesn't make you giddy then the scenery surely will, with a succession of rocky inlets either side of West Head frequented by seabirds, seals and even the occasional cetacean. Lovely Portsoy at the start isn't bad either - leave a little extra time to explore what the village has to offer.

[Portsoy old harbour at the walk start]

📌 Walk: Harbouring a Portsoy dram ★★★
Start / finish at Portsoy old harbour (street parking), Shorehead, Portsoy village centre, G.R.: NJ 589663 ///barmaid.reception.start

▶ 9 km / 6 mi | ▲ 130 m | ⌚ Half a day | Easy
Features: Glenglassaugh Distillery ★★★; Portsoy to Sandend coastline; Sandend Bay ★★★; Sandend ★★; Portsoy ★★★
Terrain: Good coastal path above cliffs to distillery, with sandy bay beyond; track and minor road for inland return.

Route & map

Start - Glenglassaugh Distillery via coast path - Sandend Bay - Sandend - return to east side of bay - Redhythe - Portsoy - start (or return by outward route from bay)

Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)
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On our visit

Wildlife: Seagulls, cormorants and other seabirds.
Weather: Sunny spells with clouds scudding across the sky; cool breeze.

[Tide's in at Sandend Bay]


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