Cruden Bay to Peterhead. 10 Miles.


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From Cruden Bay, start at the car park which is located before you reach the harbour. This takes you over to Slaines castle. Follow the track past the castle along the cliff edge until you reach pathhead. Eventually you reach the village of Boddam, where you will skirt around the bay before the power station and into Peterhead itself.

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Cruden Bay to Peterhead This was a longer walk than I had expected. Unfortunately, I hadn’t downloaded the relevant OS map for this walk onto my PDA and wasn’t completely sure of the route. In fact I had to make a bit of a detour fairly early on as I thought I could access the path leading to Slaine castle from the harbour, but I immediately had to back track when faced with a large ravine that cut back inland. The castle is in ruins now and there were a few .”twitchers” with their binoculars spotting the seabirds that nested on the cliffs. There was also a poignant reminder of how dangerous the cliffs could be in the form of a memorial to a 7 year old boy who had fallen to his death at the spot. The rest of the way was around the cliff tops which was scary in places, as there was a very strong gale blowing by this time and the track was pretty narrow and exposed in places. There were some fascinating natural arches carved from the rocks, especially at Buller’s of Buchan and Robbie’s Haven. Eventually the small fishing village of Boddam was reached with its red and white striped lighthouse and the ruins of a castle belonging to the Keith Clan. Behind Boddam lay the chimney from the Peterhead power station, which, when passed, led into Peterhead itself. Peterhead is still a working port although most of the industry is connected with oil rather that fishing now. I did manage to get out and had a curry which turned out to be one of the best I had tasted in a long while, it was downa side street along next yo a night club and had won a few awards including a commendation from the Sunday Post no less. Praise indeed!

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