Coastal Walk: Fraserburgh to Rosehearty
Date: Sunday 27th July 2014
Company: Myself and Cuillin
Distance: 9.5km, Ascent: 50m
Time: 2Hrs 30Mins

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On awakening this morning and finding the weather and forecast better than expected, I threw a few things into a small pack before driving to Fraserburgh to walk another section of North-East coast. On arrival in Fraserburgh, I parked in the Lighthouse Museum car park.

Click here to see a map of the route undertaken

From the Lighthouse Museum, I set off walking in the direction of Rosehearty.

Literally within two minutes of setting off a shitehawk (Herring Gull) swooped down at me shitting on my head, face, arm and all over my camera bag. This was not a great start to the walk! After cleaning myself I continued along the road. A minute or two later I passed a couple walking their dog and asked them if my head was still covered in shit advising them of what had just happened. They laughed and said no and to make sure I put on a lottery ticket. If a shitehawk craps on you in Fraserburgh it is considered lucky!

Looking towards Broadsea:

On arriving at the start of Broadsea, I left the road and followed a cement path round the coast. I passed two information boards about Broadsea.

"Braidsea denotes the name of a chapel. A Pictish settlement streched from here to Phingask to the West. In the C12th inhabitants of the village had the surname Noble and were adherents of the Frasers in East Lothian. From the C17th it was a thriving fishing village with a distinctly separate identity from the nearby town of Fraserburgh ..."

"The Broadsea coastline forms part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest which stretches from Fraserburgh to Rosehearty ..."

Looking back to Kinnaird Head:

I continued to follow the excellent cement track for several hundred metres until dropping down onto the shore to walk across an area of stones and boulders at Clubbie Craig.

Looking back to Kinnaird Head:

View towards Sandhaven from Broadsea:

On the shore at Clubbie Craig:


Walking along the stones and boulders soon became a bit tiresome so we ascended a few metres to reach the pavement running alongside the B9031. Much of the walk going forward would be along this pavement.

Looking back to Fraserburgh:

On reaching Sandhaven, I stopped to photograph a heron standing in the water.

Harbour at Sandhaven:

Grey Heron in the harbour at Sandhaven:

Harbour at Sandhaven:

Sandhaven and Pittulie are joined onto each other.

Looking towards Pittulie:


Beyond Pittulie, we continued along the pavement towards Rosehearty. During the walk we passed several other walkers, a jogger and cyclists. This would appear to be a popular stretch of coast for exercising.

Looking towards Rosehearty:

Looking back to Pittulie and Fraserburgh in distance:

On reaching the start of Rosehearty beach, we dropped down onto the beach and then followed the beach into Rosehearty.

On Rosehearty beach:

Cuillin enjoyed the section of walk along the beach.

Cuillin on Rosehearty beach:


Walking along Rosehearty beach to Rosehearty:

The sea at Rosehearty had hundreds of jellyfish in it today. Not only popular Moon Jellyfish but also lots of what I think are Blue Jellyfish.

Blue Jellyfish:

On reaching Rosehearty, we walked the length of the village passing the harbour and the tower.

Small boats at Rosehearty:

Boats at Rosehearty:

Rosehearty harbour:

Rosehearty Tower:

Rosehearty Information Board:

We ended our walk at the picnic area from where we got nice views along the coast towards Pennan Head and Troup Head.

Looking towards Pennan Head and Troup Head:

Pennan Head (zoom):

Troup Head (zoom):

We then returned to the centre of the village to catch the 74 bus back to Fraserburgh. It would have been nice to have a drink and something to eat in the hotel but it is dog-unfriendly .

Nice to complete another short section of coast with Cuillin.