Bullers of Buchan

Bullers Of Buchan Cruden Bay

Near Cruden Bay in Aberdeenshire, Scotland are some stunning natural arches eroded into rock faces. These are known as the Bullers of Buchan. This collapsed sea cave still retains some of its roof and though narrow in parts can be walked around.
At the extreme point of this circular chasm next to the sea is an area known as The Pot which can carefully be overlooked to show how the rock face earned its nickname. The drops here are sudden and long, so do take care. Children and dogs should be carefully supervised.

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I have published a book which tells the story of an Aberdonian military nurse who returns from Afghanistan and encounters The Grey Lady Ghost of the Cambridge Military Hospital. The novel reveals her origins and takes him to a pre-war Duthie Park, modern day Cruden Bay and back to the past to the Battle of Loos in World War One where he witnesses the Gordon Highlanders in action. This is the first in the series of Grey and Scarlet Novels by me, CG Buswell, and each book will feature a well known Aberdeen ghost and Aberdeenshire area as well as modern Scottish Infantry in action. Read the first chapter for free.

Read more about the Bullers of Buchan in the book Six Buchan Villages Revisited by local author Margaret Aitken.

Older photos of the Buller's of Buchan including sea views of the Pot can be viewed in the book Old Cruden Bay and Port Erroll: Whinnyfold, Boddam and Buchanhaven by Jim Buchan. It includes descriptions of the famous visit by Dr Johnson and Boswell and a brief history of the fishing community.

Wildlife and Birds at Bullers of Buchan

Visitors should look out for:
  • Seals
  • Dolphins
  • Puffins
  • Guillemots
  • Razorbills
  • Kittiwakes
  • Fulmars
  • Shags
  • Eider Ducks
  • Herring Gulls
  • Greater Black Backed Gulls
  • Gannets
  • Oystercatchers
  • Purple Sandpiper

How To Get To The Bullers Of Buchan

From Aberdeen take the A952, passing Ellon and Newburgh. Avoid the first two turn offs to Cruden Bay and take the A975. Look for a car park on the left hand side which is marked with a Bullers of Buchan sign. Park here for free and follow the signs.

Check Woodcraft Gallery Craft Shop

There are several traditional fishing cottages by the Bullars of Buchan. One of the outhouses has been converted into a craft shop and art gallery selling photographs and models of puffins seen at the Bullars. There are also wood carvings and woodwork items such as bowls for sale. Contact the owner at:

Helen Butts
7 Bullers of Buchan
Cruden Bay
AB42 0NS

Nearby attractions include the Cruden Bay Wall Painting and Slains Castle. A car park to Slains Castle can be found further up the A975. The village of Cruden Bay can be found further along the A975.

Cruden Bay to Boddam walk

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The Aberdeenshire Council Ranger Service run free guided walks around The Bullers of Buchan. Binoculars are provided and the Ranger will point out birds such as the puffins and other nesting birds. Those attending are asked to wear stout shoes and to bring waterproofs and something to sit on. This event takes place on Sunday 29 June 2008 from 1 to 5pm at the Bullers of Buchan. Contact the Buchan Ranger on 01771 622857 for more information.

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