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6 Beaches to explore in Aberdeenshire


Aberdeenshire is one of the 32 council areas of Scotland. It has a rich prehistoric and historic heritage. It is the locus of a large number of Neolithic and Bronze Age archaeological sites, including Longman Hill, Kempstone Hill, Catto Long Barrow and Cairn Lee. There are also so many other things to see and do around this county.

Balmedie Beach
Balmedie BeachBalmedie Beach, Aberdeen AB23, UK

Balmedie is a flat sandy beach with sand dunes to the rear of the beach. At the back of the beach is a substantial area of sand dunes, where the principal vegetation is marram grass, but also contains a range of other plants at home in this type of environment.

Balmedie Beach North Car Park
Balmedie Beach North Car ParkBalmedie Country Park, Balmedie, Aberdeen AB23 8XG, UK

One of Scotland's longest beaches it stretches south for 14 miles from the mouth of the River Ythan to the River Don at Aberdeen. The easiest place to reach the beach is from the Balmedie Country Park, 8 miles north of Aberdeen and signposted off the A90. Here there is an attractive cark park, picnic area and play park. Boardwalk paths lead through the sand dunes to the beach.

Fraserburgh beach
Fraserburgh beachFraserburgh beach, S Harbour Rd, Fraserburgh AB43 8UE, UK

Fraserburgh is a long, golden, sandy beach starting at the south-eastern end of the town and stretching along the Aberdeenshire coastline to the point where the Moray Firth meets the North Sea. The beach’s proximity to all the facilities and fine golden sand make it a popular spot for families and there is usually plenty of room for everyone.

Newburgh Seal Beach
Newburgh Seal BeachNewburgh Seal Beach AB41 6BY, UK

Newburgh Beach, is one of the best places in the United Kingdom for spotting marine wildlife. Along the sandy estuary of the River Ythan, there is a large colony of around 400 seals, which make the shoreline their home, and can safely be observed from the opposite bank. Children will love watching the seals, which can be both cute and comical, going about their daily business here.

St Cyrus Beach
St Cyrus BeachSt Cyrus Beach, St Cyrus, UK

A superb beach, which runs south from the cliffs and extraordinary rock formations below the village of St Cyrus, to the mouth of the North Esk River. It can be reached by a zigzag path down the cliff at St Cyrus, or, and this is the easiest option, from the visitor centre signposted off the A92. Admire magnificent cliffs and sand dunes as you stroll along this beautiful expanse of sand, which is accessible either from the cliff path or from the St Cyrus NNR Visitor Centre.

Stonehaven Beach
Stonehaven BeachStonehaven Beach, Stonehaven AB39 2BD, UK

Stonehaven Bay is the perfect setting for a great day out. At just over one kilometer in length, the half-moon shaped bay features a busy working harbour, rocky outcrops towards the north and the sandy stretch towards the south, ideal for sunbathers. This particular beach is popular with watersports enthusiasts.

Map of Beaches to explore in Aberdeenshire