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This lovely, family friendly route is perfect for little legs! The short walk has plenty to offer as it passes along the shorefront of Fairlie, a small village with wonderful views to Largs and to the Cowal hills above Dunoon as well as the historical Fairlie Castle.
Looking for a more challenging group walk? Want to see some beautiful historical sites and spectacular coastal views along the way? Then this is the hub walk for you! Suitable for older children and adults, this route will be led by a WaterAid representative and starts at the 1816 Waterloo Monument which is in the shape of Napoleons hat and leads to Carlingnose Point nature reserve. The walk continues through woodland and past an active Whinstone Quarry before entering the Bay of Inverkeithing which is a haven for bid life throughout the year. The historic town also has many 13th –17th century buildings to admire! You will then continue along the coast to St David’s Harbour and around Dalgety Bay to Downing Point, with its gun emplacements and panoramic views over the Forth it is well worth the effort! The path continues to Burntisland with its historic harbour, post reformation church, Blue Flag beach and numerous recreation facilities. From historic churches and woodland, to gun emplacements and Blue Flag beaches, there is plenty to see and experience on this hub walk! On reaching the finish where you will be treated to a well earned post-walk reception so you can rest your feet and have a well deserved snack or drink - a great end to the day! Coast Along for WaterAid is the perfect way to help your children discover and learn exciting new things while having lots of fun. To help your children play, learn and develop there will also be a variety of games to take part in as you walk and nation-wide competitions to enter, so sign up today for a fun day out for all the family!
The route starts at the Kincardine Bridge and consists of made up paths with two small sections of rough farm track. The path gradient is flat to easy with a couple of small steep inclines. This section of the coastal path is a curious blend of modern industry, cultural heritage, valued nature reserve and iconic bridges so plenty to keep your eyes peeled for! The Unicorn Inn in Kincardine offers a welcome rest point. The 17th Century coaching Inn, established 1639 in the heart of an historic port town - Kincardine. The Unicorn Inn was the birthplace of celebrated physicist and chemist Sir James Dewar (1842-1923), inventor of the vacuum flask, and the first person to liquefy hydrogen gas.
The route starts at the Burntisland Coastal Path car park and there is a variety of unmade paths and rough terrain along this route so please take care. This is a walk steeped in history as you pass many historical landmarks key to the areas past from Seafields Tower to Ravenscraig Park which features a 16th centuary beehive doocot and the“Sailor’s Walk”. West Wemyss was also once one of the most important ports in Fife, trading in coal and salt with the Continent. The area is also home to the Wemyss family and passes the 14th centaury Castle en route to East Wemyss. Note: Take care at high tide on the section between West Wemyss and East Weymss.
Part of Fife’s Industrial area the villages of East Wemyss, Buckhaven and Methil are all reminders of Fife’s vibrant past. From coal mining to ship building remnants of days gone by are still prominent in the landscape. The path climbs up to the remains of Macduff Castle, which as history is told is linked to the Thane of Fife, who slew Macbeth. The path then passes through fields and along an old tramway to Buckhaven, then through urban and industrial areas to Methil. Of interest are the Randolph Wemyss Memorial Hospital and Methil Heritage Centre. The route starts at East Wemyss Coastal Path car park and there is a variety of unmade paths and rough terrain along this route so please take care.
The route follows the abandoned railway and coastline to Dumbarnie wildlife reserve. This reserve is made up of calcareous dunes noted for birds, butterflies and flowers. The path climbs from Shell Bay to Kincraig Point. Along the top of these cliffs remnants of Fife’s military heritage can be seen with World War II look out posts and gun placements. This vantage point on a clear day offers commanding views both to the sea and inland over vast expanses of Fife. After Kincraig Point there is an alternative route via the ‘Chainwalk’ – an exciting and unique scramble along cliffs using chains for handrails. Suitable for fit, experienced walkers with a good head for heights. Best done east to west. The route starts at Lower Largo Temple car park and finishes at Pittenweem Harbour. There is a variety of unmade paths and rough terrain along this route so please take care.
Pittenweem is Fife’s only working fishing harbour, and is the site of a cave used by St Fillan in the 7th century – your route starts here! The path borders the Anstruther Golf Course, and along the rockyshore past Billow Ness to the four old royal burghs which constitute Anstruther. There is a variety of unmade paths and rough terrain along this route so please take care. The route continues through the narrow streets of Cellardyke, passing its picturesque harbour north eastward towards Crail. Leading onto Fife Ness the path is challenging in places with narrower and altogether rougher terrain. It passes the Kilminning Coast Wildlife Reserve before finishing at Fife Ness Coastal Path car park.
This path passes the coastguard station, a WW11 gun emplacement and bird hide then joins a narrow road, past caravans and the remains of an old harbour – so plenty to spot! Buddo Rock is a prominent feature, an impressive stack of pink sandstone seen en route to Kittocks Den and the St Andrews Bay golf course. Another prominent feature, The Rock and Spindle, is the weathered remains of a volcanic plug. The base features a circleof basalt rays. The path then leaves the beach and climbs a flight of steps to Kinkell Ness and the Kinkell Braes Caravan Park then descends to the East Sands, St. Andrews. From the East Sands the path crosses the swing bridge and through the harbour. One route leads over the cliffs and past the Castle with its bottle dungeon. The other route runs through the town with its many attractions. The path between Crail and St Andrews is very challenging in places. Some sections of the route are not passable at high tide. Look out for warning signs. Check tide times with the coastguard (tel: 01333 450 666) before setting out. At high tides between Fife Ness and Kingsbarns wait until the tide recedes and the path is clear
The route starts at St Andrews Aquarium and the route consists of easy made up path with flat terrain along with unmade paths and rough terrain. The path runs behind the Old Course Hotel and follows the Fife Cycle Way along the road to Guardbridge. From Kinshaldy the trail parallels the coast passing a large icehouse, once used to store salmon, en route to the Tentsmuir Point National Nature Reserve. The reserve is home to a diverse variety of wildlife including birds, bats, red squirrels, seals and butterflies so a lovely walk for those looking to spot some local wildlife. The path along the Tay Estuary runs along the edge of the dunes to Lundin Bridge then on to Tayport and the Tay Bridge
The route starts at Fisherrow Harbour and then takes you over the River Esk, near its mouth where osytercatchers and other wader birds are attracted by the mussel beds and rich feeding in the estuary. You will pass Musselburgh Race Course and Musselburgh links golf course where it is suggested that Mary Queen of Scots enjoyed playing in 1567! The history lesson doesn’t stop there as after passing through West Pans, a coastal village which was once located on a small rocky peninsula, you will then cross the Industrial Heritage Museum which charts the history of local industries from the 12th century to present day – definitely the route for history buffs!
The route starts at Cockenzie and Port Seton and the section between Cockenzie Harbour and Port Seton Harbour involves some steps and inclines before then continuing along side the Seton Sands beach. The path follows through Longniddry past a large area of sea buckthorn. This is a vigorous shrub that was introduced to help to stabilise the sand dunes. If you’re very quiet you may be lucky enough to spot a water vole in one of the burns at Longniddry Bents, one of the few sites where they are found in East Lothian. This coastal route also takes you past Gosford House and Grounds, an example of an 18th century designed landscape. Gosford Bay is also a good site for seeing wading birds such as grey plover and dunlin. The end of the route passes by the 16th century Kilspindie Castle which is on a site which has a complex history dating back to the prehistoric period. The route ends at Aberlady which is a fine example of a medieval village dating from at least the 7th Century AD.
The route starts at Aberlady by Aberlady Bay and passes the magnificent gates of Luffness House, where there has been a house or castle on this site since the 12th century. The route then passes through Gullane and here you are right at the heart of golf country! Dirleton is the next village you will pass through and is regarded as one of the most picturesque villages in Scotland with its large village green, 16th century church, castle and traditional cottages. From Dirleton, follow the path towards Yellowcraig, a popular beach and grassland area. The route from Dirleton runs along the side of a golf course. Please keep to the path, keep dogs under control and try not to disturb play. The route finishes at North Berwick. This section of the John Muir Way offers many opportunities for wildlife spotting so don’t forget your binoculars!
The route starts at North Berwick and passes North Berwick Law which is a volcanic plug that was formed 350 million years ago. On the summit are the ruins of a Napoleonic signalling station. The route then takes you towards East Linton, a village which dates back to the 16th century. You will then walk towards the John Muir Country Park which covers 730 hectares along the coast from Dunbar Harbour to the River Tyne Estuary and is beautifully maintained so people can enjoy the coast here – enjoy! There are quite a number of steps and some steep slopes on the way to Dunbar Harbour, where this route finishes. The route also runs close to the cliffs in places so care must be taken.This section also runs along the side of a golf course so please keep to the path, keep dogs under control and try not to disturb play. Stout footwear and waterproofs are recommended as some areas are quite remote
The route starts at Dunbar and then continues past the old Harbour which dates from 1555. There are some steep inclines and narrow paths. At East Links, the wall separating the esplanade from the drive to the golf course was built to defend Dunbar during Napoleonic Wars. The path now takes you past Catcraig, Barns Ness and towards Skateraw, all areas with archaeological remains. Stout footwear is recommended along this section. When passing the golf course please keep to the path, keep dogs under control and try not to disturb play. The next part of the path passes Torness Nuclear Power Station which was built in the 1980’s. When you reach Bilsdean please be aware of the dangers if walking along the beach as you can be cut off by the tide. The shoreline is also quite rocky and can be slippery. The route to Dunglass involves some steps and steep inclines, stout footwear and waterproofs are recommended as some areas are remote. The route finishes in Dunglass
Before staring from Dowlaw Farm, taking a visit down the hill to Fast Castle, the ruined remains of a coastal fortress, is recommended. It does add 2km but is well worth! As you walk along the route there are great views to Fife to north and Holy Island to south (if clear). Be aware, and enjoy, the rugged coast near St Abbs lighthouse which is one of the principal lights in Scotland and marks the southern entrance to the Firth of Forth. The lighthouse is now fully automated, with the status of the light being remotely monitored from the head quarters of the Northern Lighthouse Board, in Edinburgh. Stout footwear and waterproofs are recommended as some areas are remote and there is rough terrain. The route passes through the picturesque village of St Abbs before finishing at the historic town of Eyemouth which lies five miles north of the border. The mouth of the River Eye provides a natural harbour and sandy beaches. Fishing at Eyemouth dates back to the 13th century and today the harbour is still active with its colourful fleet. The busy town has cobbled streets, narrow "pends" or archways leading to small courtyards, and "wynds", narrow passageways between the buildings
PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO SENSITIVE FARMLAND AND DIFFICULT ROCKY COASTLINE, THIS ROUTE IS NOT SUITABLE FOR GROUPS OVER 10 PEOPLE, DOGS AND RUNNERS. This is classed as a moderate/difficult walk, as it has ascends over rough estate roads, grassy cliff tops and through livestock farms. Starting point is a roadside cottage next to Glenapp Kirk. For 1.5km after Currarie Glen, there is a good cliff-top walk, with the possibility of seeing Ravens, Buzzards, Linnets and Whinchats. Downanhill and Langdale Farms use electric fences to manage their cattle – please take care not to touch the wires. Look left over the fence at Holm Park farm and entrance shaft and ventilators of an underground nuclear fallout observation post are visible. Passing the clachan of Garleffin, take care when crossing the busy A77, south of the new bridge over the River Stinchar. Before reaching the end point of Ballantrae, Ardstinchar Castle is a historical point of interest
PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO SENSITIVE FARMLAND AND DIFFICULT ROCKY COASTLINE, THIS ROUTE IS NOT SUITABLE FOR GROUPS OVER 10 PEOPLE, DOGS AND RUNNERS. There are car parks at The Vennel and Foreland at Ballantrae. At Lendalfoot there is a good car oart at Varyag Memorial. Do not use Lendalfoot Hall. There is also a good, hourly bus service. This is classed as a moderate/difficult walk with a trunk road verge path and a rocky beach. The route starts at Foreland car park. Take the Stinchar bridge following the main road down the Vennel to the beach. To the south there is a gravel spit which is protected by its nature reserve status – it should not be walked upon. Bennane Cliffs offer spectacular views of Antrim Coast, Ailsa Craig, Kintyre and Arran.This section of coast shows several large named cliff-caves – all walkers tempted to visit should be warned they do so at their own risk. The approach paths or caves themselves could be dangerous. Keep between the fence and the seaward side of the crash barrier lining the west side of the A77 – it is safer than the narrow pavement. Fast vehicles will be passing by here, so take care. Along the narrowly compressed coastal strips avoid trampling on patches of shingle above the tide-line. This is to minimise the risk of standing on nests of oyster catchers and ringed plovers. Approximately 2km from Lendalfoot, there is a choice of a roadside footpath along to Lendalfoot itself for those who don’t want to scramble along the shore. The path ends at Varyag Memorial, Lendalfoot.
PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO SENSITIVE FARMLAND AND DIFFICULT ROCKY COASTLINE, THIS ROUTE IS NOT SUITABLE FOR GROUPS OVER 10 PEOPLE, DOGS AND RUNNERS. There are car parks at Varyag Memorial, South of Lendalfoot and Girvan Promenade/Harbour. There is also a good, hourly bus service. The route is classed as moderate/difficult, with sandy and rocky outcrops, a 100m ascent, livestock and a rocky shoreline. The route starts at the Varyag Memorial in Lendalfoot. A few hundred metres north of Lendalfoot there is a shipwreck memorial, for a crew who died in 1711.Please be considerate when passing Ardwell farm. This is a working livestock farm and the animals should not be disturbed. Magnificant views of Ailsa Craig from old 18th Century coach road high about Kennedy’s pass, on Ardwell farm land. Do not disturb livestock, but always report to farmer if you find animals in trouble. When descending the steep road after Kilranny Cottage, please be aware that there may be bulls grazing on the open fields at Ardwell farm. Please take care- if in doubt stick close to the roadside fence. The route ends at Girvan Harbour. Girvan boasts a beautiful harbour area that you can walk along and take a glimpse at the many boats often moored there, including at times lifeboats from all over Scotland that travel to Girvan to be refurbished
PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO SENSITIVE FARMLAND AND DIFFICULT ROCKY COASTLINE, THIS ROUTE IS NOT SUITABLE FOR GROUPS OVER 10 PEOPLE, DOGS AND RUNNERS. The route starts at Girvan Harbour car park. This is classed as a moderate/difficult walk with farm tracks, wrack roads and three short tidal stretches. Girvan Mains is a busy working farm. Please pass through the farm yard quickly and quietly, look out for working vehicles, and avoid any disturbance to animals. After the quarries at Chapeldonan, the foreshore below the cottages may be impassable at high tide – an alternate route along a field edge path is available. 24 metres high, with 76 steps to the top, the Turnberry Lighthouse has marked the coastline in these parts since 1873. Rising out of the mists to greet ships for over a hundred years, this quintessential icon is one of Turnberry's most powerful charms.
PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO SENSITIVE FARMLAND AND DIFFICULT ROCKY COASTLINE, THIS ROUTE IS NOT SUITABLE FOR GROUPS OVER 10 PEOPLE, DOGS AND RUNNERS. This route is classed as moderate/difficult and contains rocky outcrops, livestock and one short tidal stretch. The route starts at Maidens Green car park and after Long Avenue, walkers can visit Culzean Castle, Country Park and Visitors Centre. At Isle Port, just north of Croyfootburn Leisure Park, the path may be impassable for an hour or two at high Spring tide – check before setting off. Please note, walkers cannot cut through the Park, it is private property. There is a nice cliff top walk from the North end of Croy Bay to Dunure. Stepping stones across the small burn may be covered if in high spate, requiring a detour upstream to the nearest bridge. While passing through Dunure, it is recommended that walkers visit Dunure Castle and Doocote
PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO SENSITIVE FARMLAND AND DIFFICULT ROCKY COASTLINE, THIS ROUTE IS NOT SUITABLE FOR GROUPS OVER 10 PEOPLE, DOGS AND RUNNERS. The route itself starts at Kennedy Park in Dunure and has been given a moderate/difficult categorisation due to its rocky outcrops and four short tidal stretches. Near the north end of the bay beyond Drumbain, a shore cairn marks the start of a 70 step traverse path leading up to a fin cliff top route and the old railways track to Heads of Ayr Caravan Park. South of Greenan Castle, a 2.5 mile detour leads to the new Robert Burns Birthplace Museum and Burns Cottage in Alloway.
This is classed as an easy walk, with pavements, paths and sandy beaches. A suggested starting point is Wellington Square, as you will walk past St Johns Kirk (Robert the Bruce’s first parliament held there after Bannockburn) and Cromwell’s Citadel. Care should be taken at Newton esplanade – waves can break over the seawall. At the end of Newton Esplanade, follow the path and ACP signs alongside the golfcourse, then cut down to the beach at the marker post, and follow it round Bentfield Point. To avoid a rough stretch of shore, a path may be used next to St Nicholas Golf Course. If using this, please remember basic golfing etiquette. (Do not use the path beyond the marker post leading round the golf course inland of the houses, blind hole and flying golf balls!) If the tide is high, the winds too strong or the water too cold to paddle across the burn to Troon south beach there are other route options. First, cut in from the beach through a gap in the dunes at a large marker pole 600m short of Pow Burn to emerge at the north end of Prestwick gold course. Here follow a path over a large bridge leading towards a path skirting the west side of the caravan park. An option is to walk along the dune-top path parallel to the golf course from the end of Prestwick Esplanade to reach the Pow Burn Bridge. Walk along Troon South Beach, and cut up onto Esplanade at Royal Troon Clubhouse. Do not walk on the dunes parallel to the golf course as this area is ecologically fragile
This route starts at Troon Harbour/Marina and is classed as an easy walk with mainly pavements and paths. When walkers join the strand at the end of Barassie please walk along the sand rather than on the dunes in order to protect the sand dunes from erosion.If a strong wind is blowing while walking across the sand, there is a path identified by a large marker post at the northern boundary of Western Gailes golf course which will offer a windbreak all the way to Irvine. There is a sand stone look out shelter sculpted in the shape of a dragon at Beach Park in Irvine. This offers fine views over Ayr and Irvine Bays, as well as viewing Ailsa Craig, Arran, Jura and the Kintyre Peninsula. The Maritime Museum in Irvine is also well worth a visit, which showcases Scotland’s Maritime Heritage. When nearing the end of the route, a detour through Irvine’s town centre is highly recommended, the area is full of cultural and historical landmarks. This route ends at Harbourside, Irvine - perhaps at the Bridge of Scottish Invention, or the Carter and his Horse Statue
The route itself is categorised as easy, with promenades, well made paths, minor roads and sandy beaches. This route starts at Irvine Low Green, although it is suggested to start at Harbourside for easy parking. The route passes through Kilwinning which has various sites of historical importance such as Kilwinning Abbey. The seaside town of Saltcoats is also passed through. When walking along the sea wall towards the harbour, care should be taken when south westerly gales are blowing due to waves breaching the wall. Saltcoats itself is a small picturesque fishing village which has a beautiful yellow sanded South beach and it is also home to the North Ayrshire Local Museum. Going through Ardrossan, there are various war memorials as well as a (slightly neglected) Ardrossan Castle.The route ends at Ardrossan Cross, Harbour and Marina.
The route is categorised as easy, with promenades, pavements, cycle tracks, paths and sandy beaches. The route itself starts at Ardrossan Harbour and Marina, which serves as the ferry terminal to Arran.There are iron age dunes on the escarpment near Boydston Farm Work may be starting soon on redeveloping the North Beach old Shell Oil site, but it should still be possible to walk round the shoreside periphery. If not, there will be an alternative street route available round to North Beach. The footbridge over the Kilbride Burn provides a good view of the original Sea Mill (dating from 1790), which is in the aptly named village of Seamill. Seamill is a coastal suburb of the larger village of West Kilbride. West Kilbride has reinvented itself as a ‘Craft Town’ with various craft shops and galleries which you may wish to visit
The route itself is categorised as easy, with farm tracks, pavements, paths and cycle tracks. The route starts at Portencross Castle, which in itself is a historical point of interest. At Ardneil Hill, there is an impressive group of sandstone cliffs, the central rock buttresses being The Three Sisters and most northerly bluff called The Hawking Craig. Just after the Hawking Craig, Hunterson A Nuclear Power Station is visible. This route passes along the shorefront of Fairlie, a small village with wonderful views to Largs and to the Cowal hills above Dunoon as well as the historical Fairlie Castle.Nearing the end of the walk, at Largs Marina, there is a collection of ‘Anchors, Floats and Sinkers’ on loan from the Fairlie NATO base. The walk ends with a pleasant beach walk passing The Pencil (a memorial to the Battle of Largs), reaching the finish line of the public car park at Largs Marina
It is described as a moderate path way, with pavements, farm tracks, a 200m ascent and a trunk road crossing. There is car parking available at Largs Marina. There is no car parking at Station Road, Skelmorlie as it is a steep, narrow and winding road. There are also good train and bus services in the area, so the half hourly bus service to Largs would be advisable rather than taking a car.After crossing the A78, walkers have two route options. The High Road path over Knock Hill, with its magnificent views of the Firth of Clyde, is for more energetic walkers. If choosing this route, please note that Brisbane Mains is still a working farm therefore dogs are not advised to be on this route. The second choice is the Low (or Red) Road is slightly more gentle walk and ideal for the less experienced walker. In the unlikely event of the A78T being blocked by an accident or stormy waves, the Red Road may be used for diverted traffic and become busy and dangerous. At Meigle, cross the A78T with care to take advantage of 200m of pavement, then recross it to access Skelmorlie Castle road. The route ends in Skelmorlie. Here, Kelly Burn marks the Ayrshire-Renfrewshire boundary and therefore the end of the Ayrshire Rotary Coastal Path
Forres is one of Scotland's oldest small towns, and also one of its most attractive – the perfect place to start your coastal walk! From Forres railway station, turn left into the minor road to Waterford, Netherton and Kinloss between the banks of the River Findhorn and salt marsh on one side, and reclaimed productive farmland on the other. Admire views over the Reserve and at Kinloss turn left on the Findhorn road pass the Findhorn Foundation community using the roadside cycleway path, and follow the pavement to the village and the bayside. The Local Nature Reserve of Findhorn Bay is a bottle shaped estuary, 1,000 football pitches in size and a sheltered tidal haven for people and wildlife. The beach at Findhorn is ideal for a leisurely walk, and along the shore are relics of the past, old wartime pill boxes that now sit half submerged in the sand. If you are lucky you may see ospreys fishing in the bay or Dolphins swimming by offshore! The path runs through dunes, heath and pine woods from Findhorn’s backshore to the ancient pictish capital of Burghead, following the 5-mile stretch of Burghead Bay. The dunes form part of the largest dune system in Britain!m Toilets: Public toilets in Railway Station and on the west dunes road and dunes car park, Roseisle Forest car park and by Harbour Office in Burghead
Burghead is a peaceful coastal village steeped in history so a perfect walk for those wanting to learn about the local area or keep the little ones entertained! A visit to the the Burghead Visitor Centre to learn about the Pictish Burghead Fort is a must and can also act as a starting point for the coastal walk. After soaking up the ancient history, head along the coast to Hopeman via the old railway line which has great views over the cliffs and skerries of the coast. Curlews from fields visit the shoreline and fulmars glide past the sandstone cliffs. Between Hopeman and Covesea ‘fossil’ dunes can be seen in the cliffs, and exposed surfaces display the footprints of pre dinosaur reptiles that grubbed in the sand with twin tusks – definitely a picture opportunity! From there, follow the sandy beach towards the cliffs and the Covesea lighthouse. Then onwards to the beautiful harbour of Lossiemouth for some well earned food and drinks! Toilets: By the harbour next to the harbourmaster’s office in Burghead. Hopeman Harbour and Lossiemouth West Beach car park. In Station Park by Lossiemouth Harbour
A path with a variety of scenery to enjoy, from Lossiemouth the fine yellow sand of the east beach gives way to shingle and the dunes to the dense pinewood of Lossie Forest. Tank traps by the path and huge gun emplacements overlook the sea. Following the path inland, pass manmade pools full of freshwater life and nesting ducks. Binn Hill has on its seaward side a high fossil sea cliff now covered in trees and is well worth the climb to see its magnificent views. Waves of shingle in the forest mark the site of storm ridges, now high and dry. Passing the ridges, enter the Lein and into Kingston. In Kingston follow the path from Beach road to a farmyard and School Brae past an old 18th Century water tower. From Garmouth cross the viaduct over the Spey and carry on northwards to Spey Bay where you can try your hand at dolphin watching with help from the Moray Firth Wildlife Centre!
The mouth of the Spey at Tugnet is a great spectacle and is constantly being reshaped by the changing weather so one day can be completely different to the next! Follow the Speyside Way to Portgordon and onto a cycle path. The track at the mouth of the Gollachy Burn is an area rich with wild flowers and legend concerning German spies who landed there were arrested in Portgordon. Passing through Buckpool discover the Yardies conservation area, the perfect example of a seatown settlement. Buckie Harbour is alive with working fishing boats, shipbuilding, engineering and lifeboat station. Down the long flight of steps from Portknockie to Cullen Beach, the path leads to a lovely shoreline grassland. A low rock arch, the Whale’s Mou allows water to gush beneath a section of rock headland. In Cullen Bay, enjoy the sandy beach and look for the ‘Three Kings’, jagged stacks of gleaming white quartzite marching in line out of the sea. Cullen’s seatown next to the harbour is a beautiful terraced fishertown of low cottages. Toilets: Spey Bay Wildlife Centre and Buckie Harbour by wall of Fishmarket. Near ‘Mannie’ Statue in Findochty harbour. Portknockie has toilets at the harbour. Cullen Square and April to October at the beach.