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Sandend, dating back to the 1600s, is one of the earliest fishing communities on the Aberdeenshire Coast.
It's here you will find a unique cluster of charming fishing cottages around the characteristic harbour. One of the first written records of the village notes that the inhabitants were rebuked by the Kirk Session for baiting their lines on a Sunday – a sin indeed!
Sandend is a magnet for surfers who travel from all over the country to ride the waves that crash onto the long, sandy beach which, unsurprisingly, gave the village its name! The waves here are regarded as being among the best waves in the country – surfers often say it’s like Cornwall without the crowds… And a visit to the local Glenglassaugh Distillery is sure to provide some warmth after a dip in the sea!
Visitors to the beach will also find out more about the history of Aberdeenshire as the remains of World War II anti-tank positions and pill box defences can still be found!
A mile to the west along the coast is Findlater Castle. Its precarious and dangerous ruins sit atop a spur projecting from the cliffs.