Coastal walk: Fraserburgh Coast - Kinnaird Head to Waters of Philorth (and back)
Date: Friday 7th March 2014
Company: Myself and Cuillin
Distance: 11.2km, Ascent: 88m
Time: 2Hrs 30Mins

The mountain weather forecasts for today were not great but I was still keen to get out for a walk. I therefore opted to walk a short section of coast at Fraserburgh.

Over the past few years, I have been walking various sections of Moray coast and Aberdeenshire coast generally when the weather is not so good, or I can’t be bothered driving far. Today, I come up with the idea of walking the whole coastline between Aberdeen and Inverness. I think I have walked just over one-third of this coastline to date. Always good to have a plan .

For today’s walk, I drove to Fraserburgh and parked at the Fraserburgh Heritage Centre / Museum of Scottish Lighthouses.

Click here to see a map of the route undertaken

Kinnaird Head is a very interesting area. A number of old buoys are located outside the museum.

Buoys outside Fraserburgh Heritage Centre and Museum of Scottish Lighthouses:

The castle is thought to have been constructed in 1570. The first lighthouse was constructed there in 1787. Robert Stevenson redesigned the lighthouse in 1824. A foghorn was added in 1902. An automatic lighthouse replaced the original lighthouse in 1991.

Kinnaird Head Castle and Lighthouse:

I didn’t know what the poles in the next photo were for until reading the small sign. Apparently they are for drying fish nets.

Fish Net Drying Area:

Kinnaird Head Lighthouse sign:

I assume the Kinnaird Head foghorn is now defunct as per the foghorn at Nigg, in Aberdeen. As a child, I remember hearing the Aberdeen foghorn.

Kinnaird Head Foghorn:

Kinnaird Head Castle:

The Wine Tower was built in the 1500s. The exact date and function of the building are unknown. The name “Wine Tower” is probably misleading as it may have been part of a residence or part of a Customs house for the harbour.

Wine Tower:

On reaching the harbour, I had a walkout along the Balaclava Pier until noticing that you are not meant to drive or walk along it without permission. I therefore doubled-back and made my way round the quays.

Fraserburgh Harbour:

Fraserburgh Harbour:

On reaching the Lifeboat station, I stopped to take a photo of the memorial commemorating the loss of thirteen crew in three separate Fraserburgh lifeboat accidents.

Lifeboat Memorial:

I next walked down the street until reaching an access point for the beach. I have never been in the Royal nightclub, or in fact any pub or club in Fraserburgh. I’m guessing it would probably be a good night out?

The Royal:

Looking back to Fraserburgh Harbour:

Fraserburgh Caravan and Camping site:

After passing the Caravan site, which was devoid of caravans, I made my way down onto the beach.

Descent to beach at Fraserburgh Bay:

The beach from Fraserburgh out towards Cairnbulg/Inverallochy is superb! The beach is very clean with mile after mile of golden sand.

Looking back towards Fraserburgh Harbour from beach:

Cuillin really enjoyed the walk along the beach, as did I.

Beach at Fraserburgh Bay:

Looking back towards Fraserburgh:


As we progressed along the beach, blue sky and sun replaced the cloud and showers. I wasn’t expecting the day to turn out so nice .

Looking back towards Fraserburgh:

Looking back towards Fraserburgh:

Looking back towards Fraserburgh:

On reaching the Waters of Philorth, we were stopped in our tracks. This would be crossable with wellies or if you took off your socks and shoes and waded across, however, it was fairly smelly so I decided not to proceed through the water.

Waters of Philorth:

Instead, we followed a track leading out to the B9033.

Waters of Philorth:


It was my intention today to walk as far as Cairnbulg or Inverallochy, however, due to there being cattle at the other side of the Waters and having Cuillin with me, I decided to leave the next section for another day.

Cuillin at Waters of Philorth:

Waters of Philorth sign:

On reaching the B9033, I initially walked along the grass next to the road. When the grass was replaced with gorse, I walked along the edge of the Fraserburgh Golf Course.

Walking back to Fraserburgh, alongside the B9033:

For a change of scenery during the walk back through Fraserburgh, we walked up into the Town Centre before continuing on back to the starting point of our walk.

Dalrymple Hall and Arts Centre:

Broad Street:

Temperance Jubilee Fountain:

Fraserburgh Market Cross:

An enjoyable walk .