A delayed start due to problems with the bus resulted in us leaving Aberdeen around 30 minutes later that scheduled.
However Jules our driver soon had us travelling north to Rattray Head after pick ups at Bridge of Don and Ellon.
Most of the 35 walkers out that day chose the main walk from Rattray Head lighthouse towards Peterhead, with 3 members staying on the bus to complete shorter walks in the Peterhead area. The day was bright and sunny although very cold but the walk along this large stretch of beach was very rewarding with clear views out to sea and along the coast. We walked past the large St Fergus gas terminal complex and with a minor detour inland, crossed the South Blackwater burn by an old stone bridge. Some members however successfully ran across the broad burn outlet at the seashore to save the detour. The vast dune system along the coast was interesting and provided shelter for lunch stops on route, while the skeleton remains of an old ship on the beach gave good photographic opportunities.
The group continued heading due South to Scotstown Head and Kirkton Head before eventually reaching Craigewan and the Peterhead Golf Club House.We then crossed the River Ugie by the George Birnie Memorial footbridge to complete the walk in the town of Peterhead arriving near the museum/ library. All had returned by 4.00pm and after a pickup at the golf club car park, we proceeded to the Buchan Hotel Ellon for our traditional festive meal.The carvery meal was excellent and allowed the opportunity for drinks and a catch up chat before heading home to Aberdeen at 7.00pm.
A very good day out enjoyed by all.