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The idylic village of Crovie

Gardenstown to Crovie
Time: 1½- 2 hours
Distance: 3 miles

Starting from Gardenstown Harbour, turn left at Harbour lane, keeping left along the reclaimed ground to the steps. The beach is very stony and not advisable at high tide.

The only road out of Crovie is steep and twisting. There is a magnificent viewpoint at the top of Crovie Hill which is suitable for picnics. To return to Gardenstown, follow the road keeping right at all junctions. The walk back down to Gardenstown Harbour winds through the village for about 1 mile.

Sometime before the “Great Storm” of 1953, Crovie was a traditional fishing village with a population of 300 but many inhabitants moved to Gardenstown, selling their cottages to summer visitors. Now there are only a few permanent residents and Crovie is a Conservation Area

The Old Kirk of St John

Gardenstown to the Old Kirk of St John
Time: 2½- 3 hours
Distance: 3 miles

From Gardenstown Harbour, walk west along Seatown to the beach. Most of the cottages here have shutters to prevent stones, flung up by the high tides, from breaking the windows. They are built gable end to the sea, partly to save space and also to get shelter from the strong winds and the sweater which can often rush up the closes between the houses.

At the burn, at the far end of the beach, turn left and follow the path up to The Old Kirk of St John. Outside the gate of the Churchyard, turn right and follow the path to the top of the hill. This area is overgrown and is only suitable for the more adventurous. Macduff, Whitehills and Portknocki can be seen from this vantage point and in the opposite direction – Troup Head and Rosehearty.

The Old Kirk of St John the Evangelist was built in 1004. Coffins were carried by mourners from Gardenstown, along the beach to the churchyard, on the route described.

The houses of Crovie

The Five Farms
Time: 1½ hours
Distance: 3 miles

The path starts in the middle of Crovie, leading upwards beyond cottage No 25, which is set back on the left side of the burn. Pass “Drumohr” on your right and continue up a steep and stony path to Crovie Farm. Carry on passing Northfield Farm road end and walk south to Greenley Croft and on to Protston. From here there is a dog leg road leading to Stonewall Farm. The path now becomes grass-covered and leads downhill to Drumohr again. A short walk brings you back to Crovie.

The stunning Cullykhan Bay

Cullykhan Bay
Distance: 8 miles return trip from Gardenstown

This sandy bay, 3 miles east of Gardenstown, can be reached by turning off the B9031 to the west of Pennan. There is car parking, footpaths to the beach, remains of the Bronze Age Fort Fiddes and a rough path to Hell’s Lum. In good weather, this beach provides a site bathing.

 

Troup Head, 2 miles from Gardenstown

Troup Head
Distance: 2 miles east of Gardenstown

This is best visited by driving to Northfield Farm, leaving the car in the car park and walking out to the Head. The site is a “Special Protection Area” due to its internationally important seabird colonies which can be viewed here in the summer. Over 100,000 seabirds can be seen here. These include guillemots, kittiwalkers and razorbills, together with herring gulls, fulmars and puffins. It has the only mainland gannet colony in Scotland.