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Scotland: Best Places to see the North Sea

My family is taking a trip to Scotland next yer and my Dad really wants to see the North Sea. Specifically, he wants to see waves crashing against the picturesque rocky coastline. We will be traveling to Inverness, Cupar/St. Andrews and Edinburgh. Is there anywhere in the general area of those towns where we can see this site?

Thanks much!

Emily

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St. Andrews is on the North Sea, but I think if I remember right, it's a sandy coast--ergo the links-style golf course! If you go north of the Tay river toward Arbroath you start to get the rocky cliffs. Of course, there is the ultimate castle-on-the-cliff Dunnotar Castle. Are you driving?

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Hi, emrcooper,

Just south of Dunnottar is the Fowlsheugh RSPB Nature Reserve. Getting out to the cliffs involves a walk of about 1/2 mile each way, but the views are rewarding. In addition to the North Sea crashing against the cliffs, there are also over 100,000 seabirds (including puffins in season) nesting on the cliffs. It's an amazing place!

If going that far north is not in your plans, the cliffs in the St.Abbs/Eyemouth/Fast Castle area, southeast of Edinburgh, are pretty spectacular as well.

Best thing to do is check out photos of these various places, or videos if they're available, then choose which area is most convenient for you when you're getting ready to formulate your holiday plans.

Slainte!

Mike (Auchterless)

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Great ideas Mike and Pamela! Will definitely look at photos. Yes, we are driving. Thank you!!!!

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Hi again, Emily,

I just checked YouTube. There are videos of Dunnottar, Fowlsheugh, and St. Abbs.

Slainte!

Mike (Auchterless)