cruden bay, scotland | slains castle

Dear readers, if you ever have the chance to visit or move to Scotland, do it. Don’t think about it; just pack a bag and leave (I know, I’m so realistic). I think the part I miss most is the beauty of everything. I was trying to think of something to post today when I came across these gorgeous pictures in our travel collection. I remember exploring this area like it was yesterday.

We were supposed to go camping outside of Glasgow that weekend but since the weather was gorgeous which is sometimes a rarity, every single campsite in that vicinity was booked. Instead, we decided to stay in Aberdeen and explore. I had wanted to visit Bullers of Buchan, which is a collapsed cave surrounded by huge cliffs, but we got distracted a little South of that and stopped at Cruden Bay where Malcolm got peed on by an obnoxious Collie. The sand and water was a little dirty from all the warm-weather traffic, but that didn’t deter the swimmers. How do the Scottish swim in freezing cold water? Anyway, the view alone made this beach beautiful.

Cruden Bay Beach in Scotland

After Malcolm got peed on and ate his fair share of sand, we decided to head to the next street to visit Slains Castle. We found a small, unmarked car park off of A975 and followed a dirt path to the castle. The path was very long, went through a dead-ish looking field, and didn’t offer much to see, but when we got closer to the castle, we noticed all of the cliffs on the coastline. The colors in Scotland are vivid and make any view look like it’s out of a movie, and even though the castle wasn’t a beauty, it was interesting enough and its placement on the coastline made it a must-see. Most of the castle ruins are maintained by Historic Scotland (we had a membership), but this one must have been overlooked — maybe because being that close to a cliff is dangerous for tourists. Thus, it was full of broken glass and random debris in certain areas. Because of this I wouldn’t recommend bringing a small child or dog. I ended up carrying Malcolm through the castle and when we reached the other side we kept him on his leash because of the drop offs.

I was absolutely in love with all of the wild flowers and the views of the North Sea. We decided to disobey the signs and climb down some of the cliffs to get great shots of the nature surrounding us.

Slains Castle Cruden Bay Scotland A975
Slains Castle North Sea
Cruden Bay Cliffs
Cruden Bay Wildflowers
Slains Castle
Wildflowers Scotland Slains Castle Cruden Bay
Rocks, wildflowers, cliffs in Scotland
Cruden Bay Bullers of Buchan
Cruden Bay Bullers of Buchan
Field of wildflowers in Scotland
Cruden Bay Collapsed Cliff Scotland
Cruden Bay Scotland
Cruden Bay Scotland
Cruden Bay Scotland
Cruden Bay Scotland

Doesn’t Scotland look like a fairytale? I made one of the photos black and white and changed the color of a castle photo, but other than that, these photos are completely untouched. I’m definitely missing it today.

Have you ever been to Scotland?


Filed Under: Scotland, Travel24 Comments
  • Lisette

    Oh my goodness! These pictures are breathtaking! I wanna go to Scotland now! :)

  • ifs ands Butts

    Oh wow those rock formations are unreal! I had no idea you could find something like that in Scotland. Europe and its surprises around every corner. Love your cute blog! Thanks for linking up!

  • Helene

    oh this is incredible! i have been to scotland once, but maybe i should have moved there. gorgeous!

  • tiarenie

    these photos make scotland look so warm! i would’ve never imagined scotland like this!

    • Rachel

      I think this was the only warm day we had. The other days were cold and gloomy. Gotta love the weather in the UK. :)

  • Nadine

    Absolutely breathtaking! I’m Scottish and Irish and for some reason, I’ve always had a stronger pull to visit Ireland but you may have just convinced me that I need to add Scotland to the list!

  • Georgina Castellucci

    This post makes me want to move now!

  • Jess

    Gorgeous photos- I love the wildflowers, and the huge picture of the rocks & flowers is stunning. My sister lived in Edinburgh for a year, as a student exchange, and I am so sad I never made it there to visit her. I still hope to go there with her someday, so she can show me around Scotland :) It looks beautiful!

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  • Cocalores

    Scottish beaches are gorgeous – it’s so improbable, right? But the water is so pretty and turquoise =)

  • Elora Shore

    Oh my gosh…that is so gorgeous! Now I have to go! My mom has a friend in Scotland, so now I have two excuses–a friend AND the landscape!! Your pictures are awesome! What camera do you have? You did an INCREDIBLE job!! Thanks for sharing!!

    • Rachel

      Hi, Elora. :) I can’t respond to your email because you’re no-reply, but I used a Canon Rebel T2i in these photos. I recently made the switch to a Nikon D600.

  • Chelsie

    I couldn’t imagine living here and being able to see this every single day. It is so gorgeous!

  • Karla

    Oh MY GOsh!! It’s so beautiful. I can’t wait to visit. It looks deliciously amazing.

  • Martha

    Scotland is on my bucket list! So beautiful!

  • Athena Nagel

    OMG – I am so totally jealous – beautiful photos! Following from The Stuff of Success via the GFC Blog Hop – Have a terrific day – Athena

  • Kendall

    How beautiful!! These photos are amazing, I dream of the day the hubs and I can travel to places like this!!

  • M and L

    BEAUTIFUL!!! I need to go there!!! :)


  • Jodi

    Great photos. So pretty! I went to Scotland when I was in college and loved it! Such a beautiful country! I would love to go back at some point but my family seems to be more into Ireland which is just as beautiful so I can’t complain!

  • acornmanphotography

    Scotland is gorgeous! I spent time in Glasgow and Oban in June of 2012. It was my first trip across the big pond to visit friends who were living there. While it was never high on my list of places to visit, I am so glad I did (we stopped in Dublin for a long weekend on the way). It was absolutely stunning! I would recommend it to anyone:)

  • 2justByou

    OMG it’s exactly like something out of a fairytale book. Gorgeous!

  • kayleigh maryon

    Gorgeous pictures. I will make sure to put this on the list of places to visit while in Scotland one day.

  • Haley

    Gorgeous pictures! Would love to visit Scotland!

  • Bel

    Just discovered your blog!
    Scotland looks so beautiful!! Lovely photos! I hope I get the chance to go there one day (my Dad is scottish, and I have a scottish surname, so it is a ‘must visit’!!)

  • Dwight Tichenor

    Lovely photos!