The Beach Guide

Cruden Bay

Cruden Bay - Grampian

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Cruden Bay stretches along the Grampian coastline for approximately 2 miles and is home to a wide, golden, sandy beach. It is a popular place to swim, there is even an electronic board detailing the current water quality. Water sports are also popular on the beach, which often attracts surfers.

The small village and harbour of Cruden Bay can be found at the northern end of the beach. Parking is available either by the harbour or in the village centre. The beach can be reached from the village across a small pedestrian bridge over the river mouth which separates it.

The area is very popular with golf enthusiasts and the beach is backed by Cruden Bay Golf Club. To the north of the beach, visitors will find the ruins of Slains Castle on a cliff top overlooking the sea below.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

We do not have information on this beach but restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)

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  • Town centre nearby

Nearest town



AB42 0HF

OS grid ref.

NK 0909 3570

Water quality

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