Sandend Fishing Village

Sandend is a small fishing village near Banff and Portsoy. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries it was an active fishing village.

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Sandend is a quaint fishing village on the Moray and Aberdeenshire Coast and enjoys a lovely position at the end of a broad sandy bay which is most popular for visitors and especially surfers.

Fish is still cleaned and cured in the village.

Sandend is an old fishing village on the Moray Firth Coast.  The village was very well established by the early 1600s.  Keen historians will also delight in some of the remnants of World War II still on display.  These are on the beach and include a pill box and anti-tank positions.  

The harbour you see today was constructed in the 1800s and it seems likely that fisher cottages huddled around it date back to around the same time. The Scotts and locals call the village ‘Sanine’. for more information on this and other Fishing Villages in the area. 

Ride the waves, relax with a good book, light a BBQ or create a sandcastle masterpiece on the beach.

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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.


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

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