Pennan, Troup Head and Crovie, Banffshire
(approx 5-7 hours)
If you want to get away from the stresses and strains of everyday life, why not take a trip along the Banffshire coast to one of the most beautiful seafront villages in Scotland.
Nestled among the cliffs, Pennan is famously known for its rise from obscurity in the 1983 film Local Hero starring Burt Lancaster. Fondly remembered as the fictional fishing village of ‘Ferness’, the locals from the tiny Scottish community touched the hearts of everyone with stories of their lives at the Pennan Inn and to this day, calls can be made from the iconic red telephone box seen in the film.
A short distance along the B9037 is the picturesque harbour of Gardenstown, whose houses cling to the nooks and crannies of its steep slopes. Its close neighbour is the enchanting 19th century village of Crovie (pronounced Crivie) with only a handful of houses, no shops, no phone signal and no roads. Access to Crovie is by foot on a very steep hill where the locals transport their shopping by wheelbarrow.
Heading back east is Scotland’s only mainland gannet colony on the red cliffs at Troup Head. The RSPB sanctuary is home to 150,000 other breeding seabirds such as puffins, guillemots and razorbills. It can be visited by foot or by a short boat trip from Macduff where the Moray Firth dolphins and whales can be spotted.
If you prefer the comfort of the vehicle, a stop off at the sandy cove and crystal clear waters of Cullykhan Bay is worth a visit. As is Hell’s Lum, from the Doric word for chimney, where sea spray escapes like chimney smoke out of a cave cut into the cliff.
The tour lasts approx 5 – 7 hours depending on whether the boat trip to Troup Head is included.