Date(s) - 04/02/2024
9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Walk Details

Pub Stop?: If Time Permits
O/S Map Sheet No.: 30
Grid Ref. Start: 103 577
Grid Ref. Finish 132 464
Walk (Miles): 9
Walk Hours: 5
Bus Time to Walk:1.5 hrs
Bus Time from Walk: 1 hr
Departure time from walk: 4:00 pm

Walk Notes

The walk commences at the small carpark on the unclassified road to Old Rattray (NGR 103 577).

Walk (E’wards) through the sand dunes to the beach and its spectacular lighthouse built on the “Ron Reef”.

Once on the beach, head southwards for about 7.5miles passing the towers of the St, Fergus gas terminal. Cross the footbridge (NGR 105 532) over the South Blackwater burn before reaching Scotstown Head, Kirktown Head and eventually Craigewan (Peterhead Golf Club) near the mouth of the River Ugie.

At this point, turn right and head inland, W’wards, for about 100m to a concrete bridge over the river. This is the “George Birnie Memorial Footbridge” built in memory of one of Peterhead’s harbour managers.

Cross the bridge, turn left (E’wards) and walk along a railings protected path beside the river, This route passes through the villages of Buchanhaven and Ronheads before arriving at the large fishing harbour of Peterhead.

Walk along Roanheads Road and Port Henry Road, to gain the north end of St. Peter’s Street. Walk (SW’wards) along this street to the combined Library and Arbuthnott Museum near the traffic lights junction with Queen’s Street.

Our bus will be parked nearby (NGR 132 464).

Walking distance approx. 9 miles

Total distance: 16494 m
Max elevation: 27 m
Min elevation: -0 m
Download file: Old Rattray to Peterhead.gpx

There will be no pub stop today as places will be available in Peterhead prior to departure.

Bus departs at 4pm

In the event of an emergency arising, the person in charge of the outing should be contacted, if possible, before the police are contacted.

Relevant telephone number for Grampian police is 0845 600 5700 or 999.

Committee member in charge of today’s walk is Wendy Godsman.


Online bookings are closed for this event. Please contact Gilbert to find out if there are spaces available.