Natural Heritage

About 4 miles along the coast south of Stonehaven, there is a stunning clifftop bird colony at Fowlsheugh which is operated by Royal Society for Protection of Birds (RSPB).

This nature reserve is known for its seventy metre high cliff formations and habitat supporting prolific seabird nesting colonies
This is a very popular destination for birdwatchers and if birdwatching is new to you, this is a great place to see the beauty of birds close up. The spectacular cliffs at Fowlsheugh are packed with 130,000 breeding seabirds in the spring and summer, including guillemots, razorbills and kittiwakes. You could see puffins and fulmars too.


If you wanted to drive there you would take the A92 heading south from Stonehaven, travel for 3 miles then take the turning on the left signed for Crawton. The reserve car park is just before the end of this road but parking spaces are limited.

In summer there are regular boat trips on the Lady Gail to Fowlsheugh and you can often see grey seals, dolphins and minke whales.

The boat is operated by Castle Charter & Marine Services and leaves from Stonehaven Harbour.