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Cruden Bay Scotland

Right after visiting Stonehaven, we drove up North on the A90 which guides you directly to Aberdeen. We decided to not visit Aberdeen because accommodation seemed to be very expensive, and the city has little to offer for the travelers seeking Scottish nature and peace. So we continued our trip on the A90 towards North. Just south of Peterhead, we stopped in Cruden Bay to admire their beautiful beach (see photo).

Cruden Bay

Another photo of Cruden Bay's beach - even in July it was way too cold to take a bath! Just seagulls were populating the beach.

Bullers of Buchan

And we stopped again at the "Bullers of Buchan" - steep cliffs and home to countless seagulls flying in acrobatic manner along the cliffs. And then we reached Peterhead, a busy town with a working harbour. This made finding accommodation quite challenging for us, because all the workers apparently occupied the hotels. Which meant - a BIG problem for us.

Rattray Head Lighthouse

Thanks to the very friendly hosts of the Green Brae B&B in Longside we finally found an accommodation for the night at the Rattray Head Lighthouse. We did not stay directly at the lighthouse (built in 1895, but still operating as automated lighthouse), but at the former houses for the lighthouse wards. The hosts, Rob and Val, were very friendly, and our room (number 4) was clean and very quiet. Pure relaxation.

Rattray Head Scotland

We walked along the endless secluded and sandy beach, also known as "The shoulder of Scotland". When the sky turned dark from upcoming rain clouds, we returned, and I took this very dramatic shot shortly before we reached the house.

St. Fergus Scotland

A bit further down the coastline (towards Peterhead) this oil (?) production could be seen in the distance close to St. Fergus. I did a photo using a tripod, just because I would not have expected such an ugly site in such a beautiful environment. But I guess that's just the way it is.

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