Exploring Scotland | Cruden Bay

Aberdeen was compact enough to explore in a day, so I decided to take a trip out to the nearby Cruden Bay, which was 26 miles (42km) north of Aberdeen to walk around the coastal trail.

I alighted near the Kilmarnock Arms Hotel, where Bram Stoker (author of Dracula) used stayed back in the 1800s. It was a quick 5min walk to the nearby beach, where a group of were hanging out.

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I got onto the trail to Slains Castle (follow the signs and walk past the car park), which is a skeleton of what it was. It is believed to be the inspiration behind Dracula.

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I had the whole place to myself which was really eerie. 

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Gorgeous views from the castle though.

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From the castle, I took a little jaunt to Bullars of Buchan…

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Walking past this sea inlet by the castle…
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and the Arch of Dunbuy.

A word of warning. It can get pretty muddy so do wear proper shoes and don’t be a muppet like me in my sneakers! Sneakers and socks were basically all covered in mud and I spent half an hour in the hotel brushing the mud off my toes and sneakers.

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You can just about make out the silhouette of Slains Castle on the right
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The trail can be pretty high up and also rather narrow. 
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Bullers of Buchan! For those who dare, you can walk on the structure itself but I was not going to do that myself.

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Wild flowers

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I walked further and ended up at Longhaven’s Cliff Reserve, where there was a quarry. I did venture on for another 20min or so before getting lost (the trail seemed to sort of trailed off?!). I was panicking a little as it started drizzling, so I decided to turn back and hitch a ride back to Aberdeen from Bullers of Buchan. Phew!

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