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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.

Moray & North East Aberdeenshire offer a world of contrasts to be explored on foot.

Wide expanses of Sandy beach are backed by immense dune systems and pine forests teeming with wildlife.  The coastal villages include some of the most picturesque in Scotland whilst further inland,, castles, wooded glens, waterfalls and distilleries dot the rolling hills between the mountains and the sea

Golf House Cullen Links
Beautifully situated at the eastern end of Cullen Bay, the attractive seaside village of Cullen is famous for its dish, Cullen Skink. This fishing village on the Moray Firth is a popular tourist destination and a relaxing seaside holiday resort that is ideally situated for walking and playing golf. There is a harbour and a long stretch of sandy beach with excellent coastal walks to Sunnyside Beach as well as the ruins of Findlater Castle. The beautiful waters surrounding the village make an excellent spot for swimming.


The Moray Coast Trail – The Moray Way

The coastline and settlements of Moray are linked by a waymarked coastal trail of approximately 50 miles from Findhorn to Cullen and all the places between. Many sections of the route can be used for cycling, horseriding, and walking. In wilder locations the path can be steep and rough in places, which would restrict access. Generally, the route is most accessible in the vicinity of the coastal settlements. Less able users should concentrate on using these sections.

The Moray Way website features a comprehensive collection of Moray ways for walking, horse riding, cycling, sailing and canoeing. 

Whether you want a holiday, dog walk, to improve your fitness or are seeking adventure; there’s a route for you!

Forvie Sands

This excellent walk explores part of the Forvie Sands Nature Reserve, a vast area of dunes and coastal heathland.  Along the way, there is some fine coastal scenery, a beautiful sandy bay and the site of a village destroyed by the drifting sand.  

Best Trails in Aberdeenshire

Ready to unearth the best trails in Aberdeenshire for walking, mountain biking, climbing or other outdoor activities? All Trails has 470 trails.  Discover hand-curated trail maps, along with reviews and photo’s from nature lovers like you.  

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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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