Stonehaven Beach

This is the view looking out to the sea from the beach at Stonehaven.  The town is only 15 miles south of Aberdeen and is somewhere that we like to visit, especially with the van!  I took this picture on the beach front – there is lots of parking here and you can walk along and head back into the town from here if you want.

It was a lovely sunny day when we visited and nice to get out to enjoy the sunshine.  My grandchildren like to come here as there is a super play park for them to have fun at and they also love to throw stones into the sea!

The great thing about having the van is that we can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee whilst sitting in comfort and admiring the views and watching the world go by!  There is nothing better than enjoying the beautiful country that we live in.

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St Cyrus Beach

This is the beach at St Cyrus and is another of my favourites! St Cyrus is about 34 miles away from Aberdeen and it just sits within Aberdeenshire.  We have family who stay in Angus so St Cyrus is only about a 10 minute drive from them.  When we visit them we like to go for a walk along this beautiful sandy beach.

This picture was captured by my son David when he was at the north end of the beach near the cliffs.  St Cyrus is home to a National Nature Reserve and this can be found between the village and the North Sea.  The Nature Reserve is full of wonderful wildlife with over 70 species of birds having been recorded here including kestrel, curlew, oystercatcher, yellowhammer and redshank to name just a few.

Last year, there was a visiting Hump Back Whale which stayed in the bay for a few weeks feeding.  Unfortunately we were not lucky enough to see it!  Hopefully it will return this summer and we can maybe catch a glimpse this time!  You can also see dolphins from the beach too.

If you are in the area then I would recommend a visit to the beach.  You can also pop into the Visitor Centre at the Nature Reserve or simply, just get out and enjoy the wildlife and view!

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Coastal Walk – Inverbervie to Stonehaven

This week, we are on a coastal walk between Inverbervie and Stonehaven and this is one of the beaches along the way.  The coastal walk from Inverbervie to Stonehaven is roughly about 13 miles and on Sunday, it was such a glorious day to take in such a wonderful walk.  The sun was shining and it was great to get out and about and enjoy it.

This coastal walk takes in Todhead Lighthouse, Catterline, the spectacular Dunnottar Castle and Stonehaven War Memorial.  We came across this beach along the way and if you look closely, you will see the ruins of a small cottage at the foot of the cliff.  This is a great walk with some truly amazing views.  Although there are quite a few cliff drops so care should always be taken.

As it was such a lovely day, we decided to finish off by having an ice cream treat!  And Aunt Betty’s did not disappoint!  It was well worth the wait!

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Aberdeen Beach

Hope that everyone had a lovely Easter and managed to enjoy some nice weather!  This week, we are visiting Aberdeen Beach and this is so handy for us when we are in town as we drive past it to get home!  With lots of parking, it is great to stop at and get out and enjoy a walk along.  The lovely golden sandy beach curves right round between the harbour and the mouth of the River Don.

The beach won the Resort Seaside Award in 2013 and is an ideal place for visitors to enjoy a stroll along as it is located just a short distance from the City Centre.  A lovely place to start from is Fittie (Footdee), which is an old fishing village at the east end of the harbour.  You can walk right along the beach – if the tide is in then you can walk on the promenade and take in the views and see what wildlife you can spot.  There are designated swimming areas as well as dog free zones and it is popular for bikes and joggers so something for everyone.

There are cafes along the front where you can get a hot drink or an ice-cream – depending on the weather and what you prefer!!

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Newburgh Beach

This week we are at Newburgh Beach for our blog and what a wonderful beach it is!  Located only about 7 miles from the Bothy, it is another one of our favourites to visit.  The village of Newburgh is situated near the mouth of the River Ythan and is a perfect place to spot marine wildlife.  Along the sandy estuary, look out for the large colony of grey seals – it has been said that there are around about 400 of them!  I love watching them and know that my grandchildren love seeing them bobbing up and down in the water too!

This is also a fantastic area for bird watching and there is also a bird sanctuary here too so make sure that you pack a pair of binoculars when you visit!  The long sandy beach and sand dunes provide an excellent habitat for the birds and the largest population of Eider ducks in the UK.

If that was not enough, make sure you keep an eye out for whales and dolphins which can be spotted near to the beach.  So why not get out and enjoy this wonderful beach and see what wildlife you can spot!

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This picture was taken by my son when he visited Collieston and it is just one of my favourite pictures!  We regularly visit as it is only just over 12 miles from the Bothy.  The village lies just north of the Sands of Forvie Special Protection Area, between Cruden Bay and Newburgh.  To the north, it has rocky bays and steep cliffs, whereas to the south, there is a huge sand dune which stretches for 3 miles along the shore to the mouth of the River Ythan near Newburgh.

As the clocks go forward this weekend, it will be great to be able to enjoy more of the lighter nights and hopefully, some warmer temperatures!  It is nice to be able to get out for a walk in the evening, especially when we have so many wonderful beaches on our doorstep.

Have a lovely weekend whatever you are planning and remember the clocks go back!

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Inverboyndie Beach

This week, we are in Banff, which is just over 30 miles from the Bothy.  This picture was taken on Inverboyndie beach, which is just on the outskirts of town.  It is a wonderful beach and one of our favourites – there is a lovely caravan park which we love coming to for a few nights with the van and I have had a few nights here with my grandchildren!

Banff is situated on the Banff Bay and it is separated from Macduff by the valley of the River Deveron.  Within the Deveron Valley, you will find Duff House. Designed and built by William Adam between 1735 and 1740, it is certainly worth a visit. It is believed to be one of Britain’s finest Georgian houses.  It is now home to a permanent collection of art from the National Galleries of Scotland.

There is so much to do in and around Banff – why not take a coastal walk and explore the area or just enjoy the beautiful beaches and see if you can catch a glimpse of the wildlife.  If you fancy seeing some of the harbours along the coast then there is also the Harbour Trail which you can do.

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