Going West

  1. Cullykhan Bay & Fort Fiddes – 5 minutes 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 called The Needle's Eye.  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 Dunnottar Castle site, south of Stonehaven, without the castle and if you haven’t been there then you must go and see for the dramatic scenery.
  2. Troup Head10 minutes.  The only mainland gannet colony in the UK which is best visited in spring and summer.  Follow the RSPB signs to the car park and then walk for 20 minutes to the top of some precipitous cliffs.  Keep dogs on a lead.
  3. Crovie – 10 minutes.  Follow road signs to a lovely little village similar to Pennan but without a road in front of the houses.  Once in Crovie you can walk west along the shore to Gardenstown (1 mile, 20 mins).
  4. Gardenstown – 15 minutes.  Quaint town with harbour and beach.
  5. MacDuff – 20 minutes.  The Dolphin is the closest chippy which is near the beginning of the town on the main road.  Look out for Laing Street!
  6. Banff – 25 minutes.  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 at bargain prices and is worth a visit.
  7. Portsoy – 35 minutes.  Interesting old harbour used in the 2017 remake of Whisky Galore.
  8. Boyndie – 30 minutes.  Visitor centre for WWII RAF airfield.  Nice walks, cafe and touristy shops.
  9. Sandend Bay – 40 minutes.  Voted best beach in Scotland for 2017!!!  Great for dogs.  Coastal walk east to Findlater Castle.
  10. Cullen – 45 minutes.  For the Skink, antique shops and beach.  Rockpool Café is excellent

Going East

  1. Aberdour Bay – 10 minutes.  You can walk there from the cottage.  It 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 – 15 minutes.  It has a tricky 9 hole links golf course.
  3. Fraserburgh (or The Broch as it is locally know) – 25 minutes.  Not the prettiest of towns but well served by Asda on the coast at the west end and Tesco on the coast at the east side.  Near Tesco 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 dog.

Restaurants
The Pennan Inn is open Wednesday to Sunday from noon – booking is essential at weekends so call before you leave home.  Only 100 yards from the cottage 01346 561201.  There are several chip shops, Chinese and Indian take-away restaurants in Fraserburgh, MacDuff and Banff.  For Cordon Bleu dining you will need to travel to Aberdeen.

 

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