RSPB Troup Head

Gannet colony at troup head is one of the biggest colonies in the UK. They are distinctively shaped with a long neck and long pointed beak. Often travelling in small groups they feed by flying high before plunging into the sea to catch fish.

The high cliffs of Troup Head provide a spectacular setting for Scotland’s largest mainland gannet colony.


The high cliffs of Troup Head provide a spectacular setting for Scotland’s largest mainland gannet colony. There are also thousands of kittiwakes, guillemots and razorbills here, along with several other species, including puffins.

As voted by National Geographic Top Rated Places to Visit – “A wonderful region of Scotland. Beaches are fantastic, and the area welcomes visitors as one of their own. Largely rural. People work together for the greater good–fishermen tolerate canoeists; farmers allow walkers to pass over their land on footpaths, etc.”


Cycling through forest

There are exciting cycling routes east, west and south of Sandend Holidays.

Cycling is a very popular activity in Aberdeenshire and Morayshire.

The location allows for a range of riding, from leisurely family saunders to adrenalin-fuelled downhill MTB routes.

The area is also popular for road rides and long-distance cycle touring

Trails and Ways

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There are exciting walks east, west and south of Sandend Holidays.

To the east a cliff-top walk to Portsoy, used as a location for TV and film productions (most recently Netflix’s “Peaky Blinders”).

To the west another cliff top walk that passes through the stunning, secluded Sunnyside beach and on to Cullen. Here you can join the Moray Coast Trail.

To the south, follow quiet roads to the 13th-century village of Fordyce. Further afield there are more walks that satisfy all abilities.

Nature Lovers

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Nature Lovers are spoilt for choice on the Morayshire and Aberdeenshire Coasts. We’ve put together a list of some of the best ways to encounter all manner of species in their natural habitat. Just make sure you’re mindful of disturbance and, though it goes without saying, leave nothing but footprints.

North East 250

View from cliff of Bullers of Buchan

The North East 250 takes you through Speyside and into the Cairngorm National Park, before passing through the quaint Royal Deeside and into the heart of the Granite City – Aberdeen. The route then follows the spectacular North Sea coastline that is scattered with historic fishing villages, back to us at Sandend Holidays.