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.


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.

Gardenstown Fishing Village

Gardenstown is a small coastal village. Gardentown’s harbour, once a busy fishing port, is now full of small creel boats and pleasure craft.

Pennan Fishing Village

Street view at sunset of Pennan Cottages

Situated on the northern coast of Aberdeenshire, Pennan is a delightfully rugged fishing village featuring no more than a handful of gable-ended whitewashed cottages that teeter on the water’s edge. Set at the bottom of a steep hill, the village is most well-known as the location for the cult British film Local Hero – the phone box that features in the movie now claiming both cult and listed buildings status – although the pebble beach is also a prime spot for watching dolphins and seals lounging on the rocks just outside Pennan.