The north of Scotland has so many amazing sites of interest, from beautiful beaches to historical heritage properties, there are a vast number of great places to explore and discover today. Check out our suggestions of just a few, which you can access via Stagecoach bus services!
For journey planning, check out the Stagecoach website and the Stagecoach Bus app. Start by typing in where you would like to travel from and to, this can be an area or a postcode. Select the date and time in which you wish to travel and click plan my journey. This will bring up all services available you use between the two destinations at the times requested and it'll even tell you the best tickets available for your journey. Don't forget to change your passenger type to student or young person accordingly to see the discounts available to you when you show a Young Scot card as proof of age (a young person ticket is for an under 19 year old).
If you're aged 16 - 18, remember you can use your Young Scot card to get discounted adult fares.
Balmedie and Newburgh Beaches
Visit lovely scenic beaches in Balmedie and in Newburgh. For the adventurous bring your boogie board to go down the sand dunes at Balmedie Beach or enjoy a long walk to stretch your legs! You might get a little surprise in Newburgh beach… SEALS! This beach is a popular place for seals to congregate, watch them move, see them swim and hear them speak.
The Buchan Express (services 60 X60 61 or 63) will get you to Balmedie.
Head to Macduff to visit the Macduff Aquarium and explore the variety of marine wildlife available, with dive shows and touch pools it's easy to lose track of time here! Then stop off in Banff and visit Duff House an early Georgian mansion designed for the Earl of Fife, where temporary exhibitions of visiting artists and societies are usually held. Don’t forget you can get in for £1 with Young Scot’s heritage discount!
Venturing further along the beautiful Moray coast we reach Cullen. Cullen is perfect for a scenic walk by the iconic Cullen Burn viaduct leading to Findlater Castle. The castle has been consumed by the surrounding landscape – be very careful if you’re exploring! While you’re in Cullen try their speciality dish – Cullen Skink, the perfect way to heat up on a cold day.
Portknockie is where you will find the breathtaking sights of Bow Fiddle Rock. An aptly named rock formation resembling a fiddle bow. Besides its imposing structure is also a great place to spot some sea birds and is very popular amongst photographers.
You can see all these sights and great towns (Macduff, Banff, Cullen and Portknockie) on the service 35 from the top deck, what a journey!
For historical buffs why not travel to Elgin to see ‘Lantern of the North’ more commonly known as Elgin Cathedral a historic ruin dating back to the 13th Century. Elgin Cathedral was badly fire damaged in 1390 following an attack by Robert III's brother Alexander Stewart, Earl of Buchan, who was also known as the ‘Wolf of Badenoch’. The two towers of the West Front and the Chapter House are open to the public and the climb is rewarded with magnificent views of the town of Elgin. The top of the tower has an open viewing platform with information boards highlighting the visible landmarks.
Head to Elgin on Stagecoach services 10 or 35!
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