The Coastal Trail is a journey through some of Europe’s most unspoilt and picturesque coastline. Along the way you’ll find cliff tops and coves, beaches and bays, and towns and villages. There's a wide range of visitor attractions, nature reserves and other places of natural interest as you follow the165 mile sign posted trail.
Each coastal town and village has its own maritime history, and many of them still have traditional fishing fleets in use today. Whether you choose an award-winning restaurant or a little harbour pub you’ll be sure to find top quality seafood, and maybe even a roaring log fire.
There is a wealth of wildlife on the coast; with the Moray Firth being home to the largest colony of bottle nosed dolphins in the UK, and you can also see seals and porpoises here. Along the trail there are eight nature reserves, where it’s more than likely you’ll spot the odd osprey, plover, puffin or guillemot.
Make sure you check out our Events Calendar as there are lots of exciting events taking place along the coast. The Stonehaven Fireball Festival and the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival are just a couple of noteworthy examples.
Download and print
our handy map to take with you or request a copy
of our brochure for some great places to stay along the way.
Spent two wonderful days exploring the beaches on the North Aberdenshire coast which were absolutely wonderful. My grandchildren loved the beach at Sandend and the wonderful ice-cream in Portsoy. Highly recommended.
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