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.

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

With mile upon mile of rugged coastline, meandering creeks and clifftop meadows, it’s no surprise that Aberdeenshire is home to a diverse array of wildlife – RSPB Troup Head is not to be missed!

In spring, tens of thousands of seabirds return to the cliffs. Alongside the majestic gannets, thousands of kittiwakes, guillemots and razorbills, along with several other species, including puffins breed here. Wildflowers bloom on the clifftop grassland including the beautiful pale blue of spring squill and later in the year the cliff-top is swathed in pink and white from thrift and campions.

You may even be lucky enough to see porpoises, minke whales or bottle-nosed dolphins!

Please take care on the unprotected cliffs.  Paths can be muddy so dress appropriately.  

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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.

RSPB Troup Head

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.

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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

Cycling

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

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