1. Cullykhan Bay & Fort Fiddes – 2 miles by car.  Follow signs to car park, walk down to the sheltered bay and along the rocks, on the left as you are facing the sea, to find a small crack in the rocks which leads to a cavernous sea cave.
    Then climb up to the promontory and see if you can find the stone blocks which were once part of Fort Fiddes.
    It’s a bit like Dunottar Castle, south of Stonehaven, without the castle and if you haven’t been there then you must see for the dramatic scenery !
  2. Troup Head – 4 miles by car.  The only mainland gannet colony in the UK and this time of year is when they are at their most active.  Follow the RSPB signs to the car park and then walk for 20 minutes to the top of some precipitous cliffs.  Keep the dogs on the lead.
  3. Crovie – 5 miles.  Follow road signs to a lovely little village similar to Pennan but without a road.  Once in Crovie you can walk west along the shore to Gardenstown (20 mins).
  4. Gardenstown – 6 miles.  Quaint town with harbour.
  5. MacDuff – 10 miles.  The Dolphin is the nearest chippy which is near the beginning of the town on the main road. Look out for Laing Street!
  6. Banff – 12 miles.  Cross the River Deveron and turn sharp right for the Co-op and then a few hundred yards further along that road is the Spotty Bag Shop which sells everything and is quite fascinating.
  7. Portsoy – Coastal walk east to Findlater Castle – Interesting old harbour used in remake of Whisky Galore which is at a cinema near you now!
  8. Sandend Bay – Voted best beach in Scotland for 2017!!!  Great for dogs.
  9. Cullen – For the Skink, antique shops and beach.  Rockpool Café is excellent

Going East

  1. Aberdour Bay – 3 mile walk or by car.  There are directions somewhere which I will find for you.
    Lovely walk which is a 2-3 hour round trip mainly on dirt tracks and a few farm access roads.
    At the east end of Aberdour Bay you will find a few sea caves which are worth a look.
  2. Rosehearty – 7 miles by car.  Not fully explored but I have played the 9 hole golf course which is very tricky.
  3. Fraserburgh or The Broch as it is locally known – 10 miles.  Not the prettiest of towns but well served by Asda on the coast at the west end and a monster Tescos on the coast at the east side.
    Near Tescos there is a car park and promenade and a fabulous dune backed beach called Fraserburgh Bay which is about 2 miles long and was made specially for exercising your dogs.

Restaurants
The Pennan Inn is open Wednesday to Sunday from noon – Booking essential at weekends so call before you leave home.Only 100 yards from the cottage 01346 561201.
There are lots of chip shops, Chinese and Indian Take-aways but few restaurants other than cafes.

 

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