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Sunset from Gardenstown

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Apart from the idyllic situation nestled into the towering red sandstone cliffs, the villages and coastline boast a wealth of natural and local history.

Seals, Dolphins and Puffins of the Moray Firth

At the westward side of the village lies a small sandy beach on which children can play safely, building sandcastles while adults enjoy a picnic or comb the beach. There are two burns, or streams, running into the sea the first of which tumbles down from a steep grassy slope forming a waterfall before meandering through a stony outcrop and finally flowing over the red sandstone rocks into the ocean. The second marks the change in rock formation from that of red sandstone to the harder quartzite hillside upon which stands the ruin of St. Johns Church.

Sunset over the Harbour, Seat at Crovie and the 'Apostles' on Gardenstown Beach

The small village harbour is very picturesque and in the summer time is full of small pleasure boats as well as a few working, fishing boats. This is a hot spot for the local children who spend many long hours in the summer holidays diving and swimming in the clear waters.

Boats and Fishing at Gardenstown Harbour

In Spring the grassy braes are covered in primroses and then in bluebells. It is a beautiful sight. As summer approaches many wild flowers such as common orchids can be found blooming on the hillsides, an ideal habitat for numerous birds such as goldfinches and pipits, while high on the rocky ledges above nest the kittiwakes. Just around the corner at Troup Head you can find colonies of gannets, guillemots, razorbills and puffins. Wading birds feed on the small insects found in the seaweed by the seashore; redshanks, turnstones, oyster catchers as well as ringed plovers depending on the time of year. Eider ducks nest on the rocky islands in the adjoining bay. We also have a resident pair of herons who stalk the rock pools on the beach. Dolphins can often be seen frolicking in the bay. A spectacular sight!

Cliffs - St Johns Churchyard

The village is built on old red sandstone cliffs that are topped by glacial deposits from the last ice age. Towards Crovie the rocks are of a sandstone conglomerate and to the west past the second burn the harder quartzite can be found. Depending on the tides and the depth of sand the sandstone bedrock underlying the beach is very pronounced and gives a rich colour to the landscape.

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The sandy beach at Gardenstown Boats in Gardenstown harbour Dolphins frolicking in the bay The Red Falls, Gardenstown