St. Combs Beach
© Stephen McKay and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
St Combs is a beautiful, remote beach around 5 miles down the coast from Fraserburgh. The sandy beach is backed by hills and a series of grassy dunes which stretch south all the way to Peterhead.
A walk along the shore to Rattray Head is a good way to stretch the legs, and if you set out early in the morning there is a chance to see a beautiful sunrise as well as the possibility of spotting seals sleeping in the sands.
This area is reputed to be one of the sunniest parts of Scotland. There are fine views along the coastline and out over the vast North Sea. The Strathberg Nature Reserve is not far from the beach, and features Britain's largest dune loch. During the summer months there is a good chance of spotting ospreys around the loch.
The small fishing village of St Combs has a small grocery shop, a hotel and an ice-cream/chip shop. More extensive facilities can be found in Fraserburgh.