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From Aberdeen: Coastal Villages of Aberdeenshire Tour

1. From Aberdeen: Coastal Villages of Aberdeenshire Tour

We will wander through the beautiful fishing villages and discover their maritime past and present. From working harbours to abandoned castles and tall cliffs, this tour will immerse you in the heritage of the northeast and its connection to the sea. Gardenstown & Crovie The first part of our journey, we drive through the Aberdeenshire countryside, to the villages of Gardenstown and Crovie. From the lovely harbour and beach, you can look out over the Moray Firth and perhaps catch a glimpse of the dolphins in the bay. On the quayside, you can see men preparing their lobster pots, as well as the Salmon House which contains the Heritage Centre. We encourage you to walk along the coastal path which take you to Crovie, dating from the 18th century. Crovie is the smallest and most remote of Buchan cliff-foot fishing villages, it comprises a single row of houses, most gable-end to the sea. Pennan The people of Pennan were dependent on the sea and most families had small boats. With a pebble stone beach and smart houses with colourful windows, there is a charm and peacefulness in the village that tempts you to linger and listen to the waves. Pennan became famous in the 1980s for being one of the main locations for the film Local Hero. Film enthusiasts have come from all over the world to make a phone call in the red telephone box which featured in the film. Fraserburgh The town name means, 'burgh of Fraser', after the Fraser Family who bought the lands of Philorth and built the family castle at Kinnaird Head. Fraserburgh is an active harbour town, and you have time to walk around the headland to see the lighthouse and foghorn while making your way past the busy harbour. Bullers of Buchan The name Bullers of Buchan refers both to a collapsed sea cave and the little hamlet nestled beside. The collapsed sea cave and the cliffs surrounding the Bullers provide nesting sites in spring for colonies of seabirds, including kittiwakes, puffins, along with herring gulls and great black-backed gulls. Cruden Bay & New Slains An iconic feature at Cruden Bay is New Slains Castle, perched on the edge of the cliffs. We will walk from the village, along the path visitors to the castle would have taken for centuries. The castle is a blend of several different architectural styles and periods. The castle fell in in ruin in the late 19th century, stripped of all contents and abandoned in the 1920s. Alternatively, you can take a more leisurely walk along the stunning beach. Cruden Bay beach is a vast expanse of soft, pale coloured sand. Why not try dipping your toes in the North Sea and feel the waves washing over your feet. Collieston Collieston provides the first safe harbour in over fifteen miles of beaches and dunes stretching north from Aberdeen. The numerous sea caves and small coves with shingle beaches provided ideal terrain for smugglers. Learn about notorious smuggler Phillip Kennedy and his exploits while trying to outrun the exciseman.

From Aberdeen: North East Coastal Trail Small-Group Tour

2. From Aberdeen: North East Coastal Trail Small-Group Tour

Leave Aberdeen and head for Spey Bay. Here, you have time to learn about the area and try to spot dolphins. Next, visit Bow Fiddle Rock. Its unusual shape, battered by waves, offers an epic photo and an awesome experience. Taste the Cullen Skink soup in its hometown of Cullen. But don’t spend all your time savoring the flavor, as there are nice little strolls to take around the village. Travel the short distance to Portsoy. This archetypal Scottish seaside town boasts the oldest harbor on the Moray coast and shops selling unique jewelry made from Portsoy Marble. From Portsoy, you journey to Fraserburgh, a small town awash with nautical history and serene coastal views. After a stop for refreshments, head to Bullers of Buchan. Here you can try to count how many species of seabirds you can spot or simply admire the magnificent marine scenery of caves and cliffs. Stop at Slains Castle. This grand coastal castle had its roof removed to avoid taxes. Here you have time to take a photo and learn how the octagonal room inspired Bram Stoker's Dracula. In the early evening, you arrive back in Aberdeen. This route may be reversed on some occasions.

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(13 reviews)

Totally enjoyed the day. Chris was an amazing, knowledgeable, friendly, approachable, funny guide. He made the day, with his informative explanatins. Beautiful stops, scenery just oout of this world . Got to see some wildlife. We even had sunshine! One thing to suggest would be longer stops especially at the nature reserves, perhaps missing out one of the other stops as sometimes it felt like a bit of a rush. look forward to coming on other day trip and repeating this one with others guests

Our guide Jamie was very knowledgeable and personable; we both came away knowing much more about life in the Scottish fishing villages. He even found a restaurant that had Cullen skink The only reason have given four rather than five stars is because I believe it was unwise to take my wife and I on a very narrow path so close to the cliff edge. We both had lost our footing and fell. I’m 83 my wife is 75. This was the only negative on an otherwise positive day,

We had an amazing trip with our guide Alex. He showed us the coast line with the most beautiful places and explained a lot of Scotland’s history and culture. Even though we had difficulties arriving on time (lateness of the cruise ship), he gave his best, so we were able to see those places that were worth a trip! Highly recommended trip and guide!

Jim was a great guide, who brought humour, knowledge, and engaging conversation to the tour. All the great sites and chats made the day fly by. Would definitely take a Rabbis tour again

Alec was a perfect friendly Guide. He knows a lot of interesting things about everything. It was a great day. Thank you Alec.