Forvie - National Nature Reserve

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The Forvie Centre, Little Collieston Croft, Collieston, Ellon, AB41 8RU

Forvie NNR includes the Ythan Estuary and is a wild, sandy landscape with wildlife and walks through dunes, along cliffs and across heather moorland. The visitor centre is at Collieston. 

One of Scotland's best loved National Nature Reserves, the area is famous for its magnificent sands. Here the towering dunes create a desert landscape, although the wind is often bracing so wrap up warm.

In spring and summer the estuary is alive with the calls of the largest population of Eider Ducks in Britain, terns diving for fish and many wading birds all year round. Hundreds of Grey Seals have become a popular attraction at the mouth of the Ythan, at Newburgh. The north of the reserve offers untamed moorland without venturing into the hills, sea cliffs with nesting birds and a hidden beach at Hackley Bay.

Reach Forvie from the A975, 16 miles north of Aberdeen at Newburgh, or from the village of Collieston.

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