Longhaven Cliffs

Important notice

Temporary closure of footpath Please be aware that there is a section of footpath temporarily closed for repairs until the end of February 2024. To see which section of path is closed, please download our map here.

With pink-red granite cliffs rising out of the sea, Longhaven Cliffs offers spectacular views of seabird colonies and natural features such as sea stacks, caves and arches. Seals can be spotted basking on the rocks below and in summer the reserve blossoms with wildflowers.

Why visit?

Highlights include:

  • Seabirds
  • Geological features
  • Wildflowers

Best time to visit?

  • May to Aug for seabirds and plants
  • All year for coastal geology

Visit for:

  • birdwatching
  • grasslands
  • wildflowers
  • coasts
  • geology
  • scenery

Other information

The clifftop path may be unsuitable for young children.


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How to get there


The reserve occupies a 1.5 mile stretch of the Buchan coastline, about 4.5 miles south of Peterhead and 2 miles north of Cruden Bay.

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Getting onto the reserve

Due to repeated fly-tipping a gate has been built on the track leading to the reserve. We have therefore created a new car park at this point. Please park here, walk through gate and follow track until you reach Trust sign on left hand side. DO NOT drive through gate at the car-park. This may be in use by farmer who will lock gate when he leaves.

Access restrictions

Please stay on the footpath as the cliffs are extremely dangerous. The reserve may not be suitable for young children.

Nearest town
Peterhead (6 mi / 9.7 km)
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Landranger map


What to look for and when

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About Longhaven Cliffs

Out & about

Nearby reserves
Gight Wood
Red Moss of Netherley

Local group
Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire

Links & downloads

Reserve leaflet

Reserve map


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