Discover Aberdeenshire's Castle Country

St cyrus beach

The cliffs and dunes of St Cyrus support a distinctive range of plants, including many southern species.

The natural barriers of inland cliffs and a seaward ridge of sand dunes protect the St Cyrus grasslands from the ravages of the weather. In summer the reserve is awash with colour and life, from the intense purple of the clustered bellflower to the constant movement of countless butterflies and moths. Soaring above all this, peregrine falcons circle high in the air, waiting for an opportunity to dive on their prey.

Spring and summer is the best time to visit to see plants and breeding birds, whilst in winter you can spot wading birds.

Admire the excellent views from the clifftop at the village end. Dogs must be kept under close control at all times and dog waste bins used.