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Lunan Bay
Lunan Bay
Some of the most beautiful beaches in Britain, the stretch of "singing sands" between Boddin Point to the north and Lang Craig in the south constitutes one of the most picturesque sights in the country.

In the year 2000 Lunan Bay was voted the best beach in Scotland, and it has been attracting visitors since marauding Vikings landed here in 1010 as they headed to sack Dundee before being turned back by King Malcolm II.

Visitors these days tend to be a bit more genteel, as they take in the natural beauty of the area, or indulge in horse riding or the other popular beach activities here.

Lunan Bay
Lunan Bay

There are other natural wonders here however, as Lunan Bay is a fantastic place to indulge in a bit of birdwatching. The beach is noted for Great Grey Shrikes and Red-backed Shrikes throughout the summer months. Other birds which have been spotted here include Scoters, Rough-legged Buzzards and Hoopoes, unusual this far north.

The other notable natural feature of Lunan Bay, is one that may make your walk one of value, as the beach is well-known for its semi-precious stones and agates. The best timeto look for them is on the sand after a storm, although they can be hard to spot amongst the quartz and other pebbles on the beach.

 

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