Gardenstown Banff – Scotlands East Coast

Gardenstown Harbour on the Moray Coast

East Coast Villages Scotland

Visiting new places and meeting new people is one of the joys of travel – I have loved exploring the East Coast of Scotland over the last few years, discovering stunning wee places like Gardenstown in Banff. This is ideal adventure tour country, everything from stunning walks and scenery to fantastic hospitality and local food.

Gardenstown is a small coastal village, 8.7 miles by road east of Banff in Aberdeenshire, northeastern Scotland. Steep cliffs make it well sheltered, excellent for beach walking, exploring, bird watching and just enjoying the feeling of being on the coast with the ever-changing sea at your side.

With two other great wee villages, just short walk’s along the shoreline at Pennan and Crovie, these three villages lie on the attractive north coast of Aberdeenshire between Fraserburgh and Macduff, where you can discover pretty churches and cottages, ruined castles, cliff top walks and lonely beaches.

This picture-perfect area is a photographers dream, varied landscapes, ever-changing weather, wildlife and a very different view of Scotland’s geography.

This coastline is famous for inspiring ‘Bram Stoker’ and his tale of Dracula, with a stunning wee harbour at Gardenstown – perfect for whiling away an afternoon watching the boats, birds and people go about their business.

“This was the first place I read the original Bram Stoker ‘Dracula’ Book written in 1897 – it was a wild and stormy holiday in late November, making the book come to life every evening, with natures soundtrack to accompany it.”

The Village of Gardenstown – a little history.

The first houses in Gardenstown were constructed at sea level next to the harbour and over the centuries subsequent development has taken place in tiers above. Whereas houses right at the top of the cliff provide an incredible vista of the stunning bay, and even those with vertigo must be envious of their view. Like a natural coastal amphitheatre for all the residents to enjoy.

Gardenstown’s harbour, once a busy fishing port, is now full of small creel boats and pleasure craft. A walk to the harbour can be rounded off with a visit to the seasonal heritage centre which gives a fascinating insight into the fishing industry and Gardenstown of old.

Having visited this part of Scotland a few times now, in both summer and winter (and all in between), its ever-changing landscape and environment make it fresh every visit.

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