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Cruden Bay

Cruden Bay

Cruden Bay’s golf course and long stretch of unspoiled pink sands attract visitors to the area for day trips, beach walks, water sports, golf and history. It’s also conveniently close to Aberdeen in the north and Peterhead in the south.

Take a dip in the clear waters of the Bay of Cruden. The entire bay is a designated swimming area, with information on the quality of the water displayed between the beach’s two access points. If you prefer to keep your feet dry, the nearby Bullers of Buchan, a rugged cliff edge, is also worth exploring to spot the many different resident seabirds.

The name Cruden Bay comes from Gaelic Croch Dain, ‘slaughter of Danes’ after an epic battle between the Scots and Danish in 1012. For a less bloody taste of the area’s history, keep an eye out for fishing nets hung out near Port Erroll harbour. Although it was the oil boom of the 1970s and 80s that rejuvenated the village after a period of population decline, the nets are still in use and give the village a quaint charm.

We love Cruden Bay because...

  • Incredible unspoiled beach
  • Fantastic golf
  • Stunning views
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Hotels in Cruden Bay
Kilmarnock Arms Hotel
Bridge Street Cruden Bay AB42 OHD

In the beautiful surroundings of Cruden Bay, the welcoming Kilmarnock Arms is a great base from which to enjoy outdoor activities with all the family.

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Kilmarnock Arms Hotel
Bridge Street Cruden Bay AB42 OHD

In the beautiful surroundings of Cruden Bay, the welcoming Kilmarnock Arms is a great base from which to enjoy outdoor activities with all the family.

In and around Cruden Bay

Slains Castle

A kilometre east of Cruden Bay, Slains Castle butts right up to the south-facing cliffs. Built at the end of the 16th century by the Earl of Erroll, the imposing castle was rebuilt and restructured many times until 1837. A decade after being sold in 1913, the roof was removed and the building fell into ruin. Today its main claim to fame is as inspiration for the setting of the 1897 novel Dracula, after author Bram Stoker visited the area in 1895. Visit at sunset for some spectacular views across the bay.

Cruden Bay Golf Club

This beautiful 9 hole golf course was commissioned by the Great North of Scotland Railway Company in 1894. Part of the Cruden Bay Hotel’s recreational facilities, its aim was to encourage London’s nouveau riche to visit. Today, the unique, historic seaside links rewards visitors with the stimulating challenges of rolling sand dunes and variable winds from the North Sea. Beside the championship course sits the smaller St Olaf’s golf course, and the panoramic views of the coast, village and castle from both makes any time here even more worthwhile.

Brewdog Brewery & Taproom

Pay a visit to Scotland’s fastest growing craft brewery just 15 minutes’ drive or 30 minutes on public transport from Cruden Bay. Enjoy four beer tastings during the 90 minute guided tour behind-the-scenes, taking in Brewdog’s original brewhouse, warehouse and packaging lines, as well as their new distillery. Fresh, American-inspired food and beers are served at the adjacent taproom, and the whole place is dog friendly.

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