Cruden Bay is a Village on the
Aberdeenshire Coast area of Scotland, 26
miles north of Aberdeen, 8 miles south
Cruden Bay is popular for its long
sandy Beach, amazing Golf Course, Bram
Stoker and Dracula, Slains Castle 1 mile northeast,
Bullers of Buchan nature reserve 2 miles
north, and a number of Walks in
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Camping & Touring Parks in the
The image top is from the Car Park at the
small Park next to the Water of Cruden. Cruden
Bay Congregational Church seen here was built
in 1884. Many of the people now living in
Cruden Bay work in the North Sea Oil Industry,
commuting between Aberdeen or Peterhead.
A short walk round from the Church is the
Harbour and Bridge across to the long sandy
William Hay, 18th Earl of Erroll, from
Slains Castle under 1 mile northeast,
established the fishing community of Port
Erroll in the 1840s. The Settlement that grew
around the small Port became known as Cruden
The Wooden Bridge across the Water of Cruden
was built in 1922, with funds raised by local
Women, known as Ladies Bridge. That Bridge
became unsafe, leading to its closure in March
2015, with a new Bridge completed in July
The Beach at Cruden Bay is one of the top
Beaches in Scotland, running for miles south
alongside Cruden Bay Golf Course.
The Small Harbour at Cruden Bay is still
referred to as Port Errol, with a Seating Area,
Little Beach, Recreational Boats, and Small
Fishing Boats, still used for Seasonal
In the Village centre is the Kilmarnock Arms Hotel,
famous as the place Bram Stoker
stayed when he began writing his Dracula Novel
in the 1890s.
The St Olaf Hotel
is on the south side of Cruden Bay, close to
the Golf Course.
Cruden Bay Golf Club
is on the south side of Cruden Bay, with the
Original Course built in 1899 for the Great
North of Scotland Railway, designed by Old Tom
Morris of St Andrews, one of the best looking
Courses in Scotland.
St James Episcopal
Church is about 1 mile south of Cruden Bay
on Chapel Hill, completed in 1843.
Church is about 2 miles southwest of Cruden
Bay, built in the 1770s on the site of much
earlier Churches, as far back as the 1200s.
New Slains Castle is under 1 mile
northeast of Cruden Bay, thought to have
inspired Bram Stoker as he wrote his Dracula
Novel. This Castle was built from the 1500s for
the Hay Family, Earls of Erroll. The Castle
fell into ruin in 1925.
There is a Walking Trail from Cruden Bay to
the Castle, and a Car Park close to the
Buchan is a Cliff Area with a collapsed Sea
Cave 2 miles north of Cruden Bay. There is a
Path from Cruden Bay to Slains Castle, then
north to the Cliffs. There is also Parking
close to the Cliffs, where you can view Sea
Walk Pics and
Cruden Bay History
1300s - Clan Hay became the largest land
owners in the area for their support of King
Robert the Bruce, with The Bruce giving them
Castle, about 5 miles south of where Cruden
Bay is today.
1597 - Clan Hay began building New Slains
Castle, 1 mile northeast of where Cruden
Bay is today.
1770s - Cruden Parish Church was built 2
miles southwest of where Cruden Bay is
1791 - the Cruden Bay Golfing Society was
founded, playing on the Land by the Beach. This
Land is normally referred to as Links, land
with Dunes close to the Sea, not suitable for
Houses, but ideal for Golf Courses.
1840s - William Hay, 18th Earl of Erroll,
established the Fishing Community of Port
Erroll, with the Village that grew around the
small Port being named Cruden Bay.
1843 - St James Episcopal Church was
completed 1 mile south on Chapel Hill.
1884 - Cruden Bay Congregational Church was
built in Cruden Bay.
1890s - Bram Stoker
began taking Holidays at Cruden Bay, with him
beginning the writing of his Dracula Novel at
that time. Parts of New Slains Castle were used
by Stoker when he was describing Castle
1897 - the Railway reached Cruden Bay, at a
time the Village was a popular Holiday
1898 - the large Cruden Bay Hotel was built
on the south side of Cruden Bay for the Railway
1899 - Cruden Bay Golf Course was built for
the Cruden Bay
1899 - a Tramway was
built between Cruden Bay Train Station and the
Cruden Bay Hotel.
1922 - a wooden Bridge was built across the
Water of Cruden to make it easier for people to
reach the Beach.
1925 - New Slains Castle fell into ruin
after the roof was removed to prevent paying
1932 - Cruden Bay Train
Station closed after being destroyed by
1940 - the Cruden Bay Hotel was taken over
by the Military during World War Two, never to
1947 - the Cruden Bay Hotel was demolished,
at a time the population of the Village was
1970s - Wars in the Middle East led to Oil
prices rising around the World, leading to a
number of companies drilling for North Sea Oil.
This led to many High Paid Jobs in the Aberdeen
and Peterhead area, with many of these people
buying Houses in Cruden Bay.
1975 - an Oil Pipeline from the Forties Oil
Field, 110 miles out in the North Sea, was
completed, with that Pipeline coming ashore
just south of Cruden Bay, then running across
land to the Oil Refinery at
Grangemouth, 154 miles south.