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, Kelpie Cottage

Heading north from Aberdeen, the route takes you up the East Coast to Fraserburgh and the beginning of the Moray Firth. From low-lying arable land to ragged cliff formations, the views from the road are ever-changing and engaging and provide an opportunity to visit some unusual landmarks. Perhaps, though, the most surprising thing about this stretch of coast is how many incredible fine sandy beaches it has.

Part of the Forvie National Nature Reserve, Balmedie Beach is hidden behind sand dunes and lies just eight miles north of Aberdeen. Fine golden sand stretches for miles and the marram-grassed dunes are home to some 225 species of birds making it prime birdwatching territory. Two streams cut through the dune to create the perfect habitat for wetland birds. A Site of Specific Scientific Interest (SSSI), Forvie is a wonderful place to explore and learn for all.

Of interest to fans of ale, The Brewdog Brewery in Ellon, once a small operation located in Fraserburgh, it is now one of the largest craft ale producers in Britain. Tours of the brewery can be booked and samples of their fine ales can be tasted. Please find accommodation if you are a craft ale enthusiast and intend to stop for a while here.

Further on the route, Cruden Bay is host to the collapsed cave of Bullers o’ Buchan, an extraordinary sight that highlights a landscape at the mercy of the waves. Stand on the edge of its vertiginous drop as the sea rushes in through the arch and be mesmerised…

On up to Peterhead and Slains Castle, the coast becomes more rugged, in keeping with the reputation of the North Sea as a turbulent and dramatic expanse. The derelict castle is noted as being the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’ and part of the novel was written in, and almost certainly influenced by, the natural drama of the area. Peterhead is also home to the Peterhead Prison Museum for those whose interests lean towards the macabre. Once the most notorious prison in Britain, now its cells and halls are open to view for curious adults and as a deterrent to naughty children!

Back on the road for beautiful seascapes to your right, head up to the town of Fraserburgh, and the beginning of the Moray Firth. The route takes you past Fraserburgh Bay with the North Sea ahead. With so much to experience here, it’s the ideal place for a longer stop.

LISTINGS ALONG THE EAST COAST

Kelpie Cottage

4 Earls Court, Boddam, Peterhead, UK
The cottage has spectacular views, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en-suite). A small enclosed yard to the rear and a bench and parking area to the front. Included in the price is electricity and heating, a basket of logs and kindling for the log burning...

Highland Defenders

Aviemore, UK
We hire Land Rover Defenders fitted with industry-leading hardshell roof tents and equipped with all the camping kit you’ll need for your Scottish road trip.

Buchan Braes Hotel

Buchan Braes Hotel, Boddam, Peterhead AB42 3AR, UK
4-star AA and Visit Scotland graded hotel situated in the picturesque fishing village of Boddam on the outskirts of Peterhead.

Palace Hotel Peterhead

Palace Hotel, Prince St, Peterhead AB42 1PL, UK
The Palace Hotel is a 3-star graded Hotel situated in the centre of Peterhead.

The Barn Coffee Shop & Restaurant

The Barn Restaurant & Coffee Shop, Westfield Close, Foveran, Ellon, UK
A family run, fully licensed coffee shop & restaurant serving breakfast, brunch and lunch, freshly cooked to order from local produce.

The View Restaurant, Bar & Lounge

The View Restaurant, Bar & Lounge, Beach Road, Newburgh, Ellon, UK
Located at Newburgh Golf Club, The View Restaurant, Bar & Lounge has great food and stunning architecture and breathtaking views.

Granite Adventures

Kingswells, Aberdeen AB15 8QL, UK
A range of fantastic activities to get you out and enjoying the adventurous side of the NE250

Peterhead Prison Museum

South Rd, Peterhead AB42 2YY, UK
The former Victorian HM Convict Prison Peterhead is unique in scale, had the first state owned railway in the UK and part of the history saw the only time the SAS were used to end a domestic siege in Britain.

Peterhead Marina Bay Holiday Park

South Road, Peterhead AB42 2XX, UK
Nestled along the award-winning Peterhead Marina Bay Holiday Park is the perfect base for touring caravans, motorhomes and campers.

The Davron Hotel

The Davron Hotel, The Square, Rosehearty, Fraserburgh, UK
With outstanding Scottish hospitality and spectacular views over the coastline.

Rediscover Peterhead

Marischal St, Peterhead AB42 1HS, UK
With a passion for quality food and drink, our menus have been carefully curated to showcase the finest selection of Scottish produce.

Museum of Scottish Lighthouses

Museum Of Scottish Lighthouses, Stevenson Road, Fraserburgh, UK
Included as part of admission is a tour of the historic Kinnaird Head Lighthouse, preserved today as a manned lighthouse.

Saplinbrae Hotel & Lodges

Saplinbrae Hotel and Lodges, Peterhead, UK
The award winning Saplinbrae Hotel and Lodges is nestled in lush Aberdeenshire countryside and is the epitome of wonderful rural hospitality.

Gray Adams

Gray & Adams Ltd, South Road, Fraserburgh, UK
Established in 1957 in Fraserburgh, Scotland, Gray & Adams is a family owned business with an unwavering commitment to our products, manufacturing process and customer service.

4X4 Hire Scotland

89-91 Station Road, Newbridge, Edinburgh EH28 8QP, UK
4×4 Hire (Scotland) Ltd established in 2000 is a Bespoke, Prestige self-drive vehicle hire & chauffeur drive company.

Lakeview House

Fraserburgh AB43 8SS
Lakeview House is a unique self-catering country cottage set in the grounds of an old garden centre close to Cortes Loch.

Aden Caravan and Camping

Aden Caravan & Camping, Station Road, Mintlaw, UK
Nestled in the heart of rural Aberdeenshire and situated at the gateway to the 230 acre Aden Country Park.

Time Exposure Travel

5 Westfield Terrace, Aberdeen, UK
Time Exposure Travel offer both bespoke and pre-set tours around Aberdeen and the North East of Scotland. From tours of historic castles and battlefields where you can explore the countries turbulent past, to a distillery tour where you can see where our famous drink is made and much more.

Tahuna Bothies

Tahuna Bothies, Tahuna Bothies, Beach Road, Newburgh, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, AB41 6BY, UK
Tahuna Bothies provide bespoke, cosy, self catering holiday accommodation with panoramic views over the Aberdeenshire coast. Relax and unwind in a truly unique space and explore the fantastic local attractions.

Northern HighLights Pass

North East Scotland
The Northern HighLights Pass is a one stop solution for discounted sightseeing when visiting N E Scotland providing excellent discounts at the “must see must do” attractions and activities. Available from late March 2020

Fraserburgh Heritage Centre

Quarry Road, Fraserburgh AB43 9DT, UK
Fraserburgh Heritage Centre is a 4 star family friendly visitor attraction run entirely by volunteers with a real passion for what they do and a real pride for their town. With an excellent audio visual room and research library, free audio tours are available where visitors can hear locals speak about life in the past in their own voices.  

Delgatie Castle

Delgatie Castle, Delgaty, Turriff, UK
A 4 star visitor attraction which dates back to the 15th century and is steeped in history but still gives the feel of a lived in home.

Gillanders KIA

Blackhouse Circle, Peterhead AB42 1BN, UK
Celebrating 50 years of business in 2017 Gillanders offer great local service and genuine experience in caring for our customers.

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